Scrap scheme 'helping to cut emissions'Figures show new cars are becoming more efficient

21 October 2009

The scrappage scheme could be cutting emissions

The scrappage scheme could be cutting emissions

The scrappage incentive scheme is helping to reduce the average CO2 output of new cars, according to the latest figures.

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Of the 178,000 cars bought through the scheme between May and September this year, 70% were smaller and more efficient than the ones they replaced, data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) shows.

The average CO2 score for these cars was 132.1g/km – 10.9% less than the overall average for new models, including those sold outside the .


So far, almost 60% of the new cars sold through the scrappage scheme have been superminis.

SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt said, ‘Since launching, the scrappage incentive scheme has provided a welcome boost to new car registrations. Not only is it helping to reduce average CO2 emissions, but it is putting safer vehicles on our roads.

‘The scheme should help to sustain demand into 2010 and have a positive impact on UK manufacturing and new car registrations during the first half of the year.’


The may be helping to lower the average CO2 output of new cars, but these latest statistics do not take into account the additional CO2 released into the atmosphere when cars are being built and transported. However, according to the SMMT’s own figures, just 10% of a car’s lifetime CO2 emissions stem from the production process.


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