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.