Vans meet CO2 target four years early
Carbon dioxide emissions from vans sold in 2013 fell by 3.8 per cent compared to the previous year, which gives an average figure of 173.3g/CO2 km, according to data collected by the European Environment Agency. This means that the target to reduce emissions to 175g/CO2 km by 2017 has been achieved four years early.
“The result of an extremely weak and unambitious target,” commented the green group Transport & Environment, arguing that this shows the need for more ambitious targets by 2025.
The most fuel-efficient vans were registered in Malta, Portugal and France. At the other end of the spectrum were Slovakia, Germany and the Czech Republic, where average emissions were approximately a third higher.
A similar trend has been observed for passenger cars. The average emissions of cars registered in 2013 were 127g/CO2 km, which is way below the target of 130g/CO2 km by 2015.