• Lighter vehicles produce less CO2 and complement ambitious emissions targets

    06 November 2017

    The European Commission is ready to release its strategy for CO2 emissions in road transport. FIA Region I urges the EU to implement ambitious CO2 targets. In addition to these targets, incentives for the reduction in the weight of passenger cars would help the car industry achieve the targets.

    FIA Region I Director General, Laurianne Krid said, “The EU must continue to challenge car makers to meet ambitious CO2 reduction targets for passenger cars, for the benefit of all European citizens. These targets need to lock in CO2 savings through all technology solutions including weight reduction. Lighter vehicles need less energy and thus produce fewer carbon emissions.”

    A study funded by the FIA and carried out by the International Transport Forum (ITF) has shown that by reducing the fleet weight of passenger cars from a current 1,380kg to 1,000kg by 2050 the emissions from passenger cars could be reduced by 40%(1). Additionally, the reduction of car weight offers manufacturers a flexible method to achieve emissions reduction, without prescribing a specific path to these emissions savings.

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    Learn more about the study

    (1) Results based on a study by the International Transport Forum (ITF). https://www.itf-oecd.org/less-heavy-vehicles-cut-co2-emissions

    About FIA Region I
    The FIA Region I office, based in Brussels, is a consumer body representing 114 Mobility Clubs and their 37 million members from across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. 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 FIA Region I work focuses on Road Safety, Consumer Protection, Environmental Protection, and the promotion of Sustainable Motoring. www.fiaregion1.com

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    Head of Communications, FIA Region I
    acampbell@fia.com
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