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Issue No. 2, 2010

Progress in reducing CO2 emissions from cars

The European Commission published at the end of January its 2008 report on the monitoring of CO2 emissions from new passenger cars in the European Union. Figures show that despite the onset of the economic crisis, the automotive industry has made significant progress in the reduction of CO2 emissions from this category of vehicles.

JAMA is proud to insert itself in this general trend with a reduction of 5.8 grams in average CO2 emissions. In the year 2008, JAMA reached 154.8 g CO2/km compared to 160.5 g CO2/km in the previous year. Furthermore, compared to other associations, JAMA has the lowest average mass of new passenger cars with a reduction of 20 kg from 1335 kg in 2007 to 1315 kg in 2008.

As part of the overall commitment to combat climate change, the EU has engaged in stabilising its emissions of CO2 at 1990 levels. The proportion of CO2 emissions from the transport sector has been identified as one of the major contributors to global warming and in particular cars are estimated to account for around 20% of total European CO2 emissions.
In order to measure the effectiveness of the CO2 emissions from new passenger cars in the EU, a monitoring scheme was introduced, which foresees that the European Commission will publish such annual reports.

The 2008 report includes for the first time data for all fuels (including alternative fuels), as opposed to the previous analyses, which focused only on petrol and diesel.
In general terms, the average CO2 emissions in the 27 EU Member States reached 153.5 g CO2/km, which is a decrease of 3.3% from 2007. Petrol and diesel power vehicles improved by more than 5 g/km in comparison to 2007. Since the year 2000 alternative fuels vehicles (AFV) have seen an improvement of 34%.

With a significant track record in developing innovative and environmentally-friendly technologies, JAMA is fully committed to further reducing CO2 emissions from cars.
The JAMA members recognise that additional efforts in this direction are needed. Nonetheless, these encompass an integrated approach, combining technology development, investment in infrastructure, intelligent traffic management and incentives for consumers to change to an environmentally-friendly alternative vehicle. In this context, JAMA strongly believes that a permanent dialogue with policy-makers will be key to achieve these goals.