BMW improves fuel economy but EU auto industry to fall short of CO2 targets
27 August 2008
The average fuel economy of BMW cars sold in 2007 improved by an impressive 7.3% compared to 2006, according to a report by a Brussels-based environmental group Transport and Environment (T&E). CO2 emissions in BMW cars were reduced from 184 g/km in 2006 to 170 g/km in 2007.
Other companies that made notable improvements in CO2 emissions include Hyundai (-3.9%) and Daimler (-3.5%, largely due to the de-merger with Chrysler).
However, the average improvement for all cars sold in the EU was just 1.7% (ACEA:-1.6%; JAMA:-1.4%; KAMA:-2%). This is more than last year’s all-time low of 0.7%, but still not enough to meet climate targets. The industry average CO2 emission in 2007 was 158 g/km (ACEA:157 g/km; JAMA:159 g/km; KAMA:161 g/km).
Faced with the slowing CO2 reduction progress under the existing voluntary agreements with the car industry, last year the European Commission proposed a mandatory CO2 emission regulation that would bring the average CO2 emissions from new cars to no more than 130 g/km by 2012.
According to the proposal, each company would receive its own target, based on the average weight of its vehicles in a given year. The industry is also arguing for ‘flexfuel’ cars—those that can run on both biofuels and conventional fuel—to be considered as low CO2 models, but a growing uncertainty exists about the environmental impact and life-cycle CO2 emissions of biofuels.
The European Parliament’s Environment Committee is scheduled to vote on the car CO2 law on 8-9 September.
The T&E report is based on official EU monitoring data obtained by T&E under laws granting access to official documents. The data refers to EU15 plus Hungary, Lithuania and Slovenia (the other nine Member States had not yet submitted their data).
Source: Transport and Environment