EU Environment Agency: SUV trend continues to increase CO2 emissions from new cars

The average CO2nd– New vehicle emissions rose slightly again in 2019. This is based on preliminary figures published by the European Environment Agency (EEA) on Friday. After a steady decline from 2010 to 2016, the opposite trend since 2017 continued with an increase of 1.6 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer last year, reaching 122.4 g of CO2nd/ km. This is less than the 130 g CO requirement that will apply until 20192nd/ km, but is above the EU target of 95 g CO2nd/ km, which is to be reached in stages this year.

As one of the reasons, the EEA accounted for the growing share of the SUV segment of around 38 percent of new registrations. The average weight of a new car increased by 30 kg compared to 2018. In 2019, around 15.5 million new cars were registered in the EU, Iceland, Norway and Great Britain.

The majority made up 59 percent petrol. The diesel quota was 31 percent, which is a decrease of 4 percentage points compared to 2018. The average CO2ndEmissions from diesel cars (127.0 g CO2nd/ km) now very close to that of petrol engines (127.6 g CO2nd/ km). Small vans encountered an average of 158.4 g CO2nd/ km out. That is above the EU target of 147 g CO2nd/ km for 2020.

Sales of plug-in hybrids and pure electric vehicles continued to increase to around 3.5 percent, compared to 2 percent in 2018. Around half of the purely battery-powered cars were registered in Norway, Germany and the Netherlands. Hybrids without a plug-in procedure accounted for around 4 percent of new registrations.

The EU Commission has the member states in parallel admonished based on their first report on the implementation of the directive on national emission reduction obligationsto do more for good air quality. Most EU countries are therefore at risk of not meeting the 2020 and 2030 targets in areas such as transport and agriculture.


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