Greg Archer, Director of clean vehicles and emobility at Transport & Environment, said: “The publication of the ICCT Laboratory to Road report today highlights the abject failure of the current car CO2 regulation. Since the car CO2 regulation was agreed in 2009 just 40% of the improvement has been delivered on the road with almost no change in real-world emissions for the last five years. The Commission must be ambitious in the forthcoming proposal for 2025 & 2030 Car CO2 standards. Specifically, it must ensure emissions cuts are delivered on the road and catch up a decade of failure in which carmakers cheated an obsolete test. The introduction of additional real-world CO2 test, similar to that now being used to tackle diesel NOx emissions, will ensure the new lab test isn’t manipulated like the old one."
The ICCT 2017 update of the report draws on 14 data sources from eight EU countries and analyses fuel economy figures from 1.1 million passenger cars.
This Wednesday 8th November the European Commission will publish a proposal to set new limits on car and van CO2 emissions for the period after 2020. Three key, contentious elements of the regulatory proposal are: the overall level of ambition, whether to include a mandate for sales of zero-emissions vehicles; and the introduction of a real-world test for measuring CO2 emissions.
Greg Archer added: “Climate change is accelerating and uncontrolled transport emissions are a principal cause. If Vice President Sefcovic and Commissioner Cañete are serious about lowering CO2 emissions from transport, they should propose a 45% cut in new car emissions (2020-30) and a mandatory target for zero-emissions vehicles. Anything less and their claims of Europe being a climate leader at this week’s COP are as fake as the carmakers test results.”
Based on data from the ICCT Laboratory to Road Report 2017 and Official Fleet average new car CO2 emissions from the European Environment Agency, 2017
Together with Germany’s Deutsche Umwelthilfe, Transport & Environment have launched a pan-European campaign on the costs and environmental impact of the growing gap between official and real fuel consumption, with the online tool get-real.org.
“Get Real – Demand fuel figures you can trust” is funded under the LIFE programme of the European Commission