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European Commission's proposals for 2020 CO2 reduction targets for cars and vans

12th July 2012

The European Commission yesterday announced proposals to implement targets to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from new cars and light commercial vehicles (vans) by 2020.

The proposals envisage cutting average emissions from new cars to 95 grams of CO2 per km (g CO2/km) in 2020 from 135.7g in 2011 and a mandatory target of 130g in 2015. Emissions from vans will be reduced to 147g CO2/km in 2020 from 181.4g in 2010 (the latest year for which figures are available) and a mandatory target of 175g in 2017.

The mandatory targets for 2020 are already envisaged in existing legislation but require implementation. Following thorough technical and economic analysis by the Commission, the Regulations proposed establish the modalities by which the targets would be achieved.

The proposals will now be submitted to the European Parliament and the Council for discussion and adoption under the normal legislative procedure. The proposals would amend two existing Regulations establishing binding requirements for manufacturers to meet the 2015 mandatory target for cars and the 2017 target for vans.

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