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New CO2 targets will both save money for consumers and reduce emissions, says FIA

Press Release
Brussels, 11 July 2012

The FIA welcomes the prospect of lower costs and improved efficiency following today’s European Commission proposal to limit CO2 emissions to an average of 95 grams per kilometer (g/km) for cars and 147 g/km for vans.


“Quite apart from the important environmental savings expected, new limits could save the average motorist hundreds of euro annually”, said Werner Kraus, FIA Region I President.


The Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) Region I office, based in Brussels, represents 36 million motorists via its 106 Automobile Clubs.


Through the CARS 21 high level group, the FIA has consistently called for the setting up of more ambitious goals to improve the sustainability of individual mobility.


“The European Commission is providing an important incentive for industry to develop clean technologies which will benefit all who are interested in sustainable mobility in terms of both cost and the environment”, said Mr Kraus. He added “With rising oil prices, the new limits should allow families some much needed relief in terms of fuel costs”.

The European Commission says that the 2020 target for cars of 95 g CO2/km implies reductions in annual fuel consumption to private users and business owners of 27% compared with the 2015 mandatory target of 130g. For an average car, the Commission estimates the consumer will save some €340 in the first year, and a total of €2904-3836 (depending on the price of fuel) over the car's lifetime (13 years), as compared with the 2015 target. The higher the oil price, the greater the overall savings will be.


The FIA expresses disappointment, however, with regard to the proposed re-introduction of super credits which will allow manufacturers to compensate high consumption vehicles with electric ones. Mr Kraus said that such a provision had the potential to significantly water down the proposal, as the current emission calculations for electric vehicles do not take into account the origin of the electricity used.


Notes to the Editor:


Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) Region I office


FIA Region I represents 106 Touring and Motoring Clubs in Europe, the Middle East and Africa from its Brussels office, which total more than 36 million members. The FIA represents the interest of these members as motorists, public transport users, pedestrians and tourists.


The FIA’s primary goal is to secure a mobility that is safe, affordable, sustainable and efficient. With these aims in mind the work focuses on Road Safety, Consumer Protection, Environmental Protection, and the promotion of Sustainable Motoring.


Background to the European Commission proposal

The European Commission today put forward proposals to implement targets that aim to considerably reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from new cars and light commercial vehicles (vans) by 2020.

The proposals will cut average emissions from new cars to 95 grams of CO2 per km (g CO2/km) in 2020 from 135.7g in 2011 and a mandatory target of 130g in 2015. Emissions from vans will be reduced to 147g CO2/km in 2020 from 181.4g in 2010 (the latest year for which figures are available) and a mandatory target of 175g in 2017.

The proposals represent a further contribution towards meeting the EU's goal of cutting overall greenhouse gas emissions to 20% below 1990 levels by 2020 and moving towards decarbonising the transport sector, in line with the EU's climate change policy and the Transport White Paper. Cars and vans together account for around 15% of EU CO2 emissions, including emissions from fuel supply.

According to the European Commission, compared with the 2015/2017 targets, it is estimated that consumers will save €27bn per year in fuel costs in 2025, rising to €36bn in 2030. The 2020 targets could increase EU GDP by €12bn annually and spending on employment by some €9bn a year.


Further information:

Questions and Answers on the proposals to reduce CO2 emissions from cars and vans further by 2020

DG Climate Action CO2 from cars page:

DG Climate Action CO2 from light commercial vehicles page:

EEA monitoring report on car CO2 emissions for 2011:


For more information, please contact Niall Carty, Communications Manager, FIA Region I: or 02 282 0812

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