UK passes EU new car CO2 landmark

JonathanMarch 13, 2014

There are a number of benefits of having a new model, whether it be on a car leasing deal or not, and one of them is that they come with lower CO2 emissions. This means that not only are you helping the world become a cleaner and nicer place to live, but you can also benefit from lower road tax and other cost savings.

Many member states of the EU have to meet guidelines to ensure that they are making the right efforts to reduce the amount of pollution that cars produce. Now the UK has passed a new landmark, showing that it is reducing CO2 emissions ahead of the game.

The New Car CO2 Report 2014 by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) revealed that the average new car in the UK emits 128.3g/km CO2 – a 3.6 per cent decrease over last year that passes the 2015 EU-wide fleet average target of 130g/km CO2.

A number of top car makers have adjusted their strategies to allow them to produce new models that are kinder to the environment, without costing the earth. This has been supported by more customers seeing the various benefits of driving cars with low CO2 emissions and has caused the overall pollution figures to tumble. 

A new car is 20 per cent more efficient than average models, meaning that many customers are noticing the difference of low-emission cars.

Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said, "The UK automotive industry should be proud of the progress it has made in improving the environmental impact of its vehicles. Average new car CO2 emissions are almost 30 per cent lower than in 2000, boosted by increasing uptake of the most efficient engine technologies, alternatively-fuelled vehicles and the new Go Ultra Low campaign.

"Through the Automotive Sector Strategy, it has been hugely encouraging to see the government's determination to ensure the UK is at the forefront of research, development and introduction of low carbon vehicles."

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