Average CO2 output of new cars drops againEmissions fall by 5.6% in a year

24 August 2010

Average CO2 emissions are down

Average CO2 emissions are down

The average CO2 output of new cars sold in the UK has fallen by 5.6% in the past year, the results of a new study show.

DrivenData, which based its research on manufacturers’ claimed emissions figures, said that on average new cars now emit 170.8g of CO2 for each kilometre driven. As recently as August 2009, that figure stood at 180.9g/km.

The 5.6% drop represents the biggest 12-month reduction in emissions in the past five years, DrivenData said.

More work to do on emissions

Last year, average CO2 emissions did drop, but only by 3.6% – a small improvement on the previous year’s 3.3% fall. And despite this year’s rapid improvements, car makers still have a lot work to do if they are to meet tough Government targets.

By 2012, ministers want new cars to emit an average of 130g/km of CO2. And Driven Data said that even if emissions continue to be cut at the current rate, 2012 average emissions would stand at 152.1g/km.

DrivenData’s Daniel Stas said, ‘Car makers will be encouraged to see that they have collectively reduced average emissions at a faster rate this year.

‘Much will depend on the emergence of plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles, which means the government needs to commit wholeheartedly to funding an alternative fuel recharging network in the UK.’