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Fuel Labelling of Passenger Cars in the Spotlight

Publication date: 31 March 2005

On request of the European Commission, the ADAC has investigated the efficiency of the current fuel labelling Directive (1999/94/EC). The study comes to the result that there are significant differences in the 14 Member States (Luxembourg did not participate).

fuel_labelling_report.pdf (1770 KB)


One of the conclusions is that a European wide harmonised system and label, e.g. like the one with the coloured arrows on white goods (washing machines etc), would be an improvement. This label is considered quite efficient to consumers.


The Commission is currently reviewing the options proposed in this report, in consultation with stakeholders concerned (Member States, car manufacturers, environmental NGOs).


On 13 December 1999 Directive 1999/94/EC was adopted. This Directive relates to the availability of consumer information on fuel economy and CO2 emissions in respect of the marketing of new passenger cars.


According to Article 9 of this Directive, each Member State has to transmit to the Commission, by 31 December 2003, a report on the effectiveness of the provisions of this Directive, covering the period from 18 January 2001 until 31 December 2002.

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