Transport & Environment report 2013 – Ireland is 7th in EU for sales of more efficient cars Ireland leaps to 7th best in EU, up from 14th, as more efficient cars sell better, according to Transport & Environment report.
The main findings of Transport & Environment’s 2013 cars and CO2 report pertaining to Ireland are:
– Ireland is now 7th best in the EU for having the lowest fuel consumption and emissions for new cars sold in 2012. This reflects well on Ireland’s CO2-differentiated VRT and proves that the reforms of 2008 and 2011 are paying dividends. Ireland was ranked 14th best in the EU based on 2011 sales.
– Ireland recorded a 2.6% improvement in CO2 emissions for new cars sold in 2012 compared to 2011.
– BMW, which is lobbying vociferously in an attempt to delay EU reform on car emissions targets, still has much to do to make the 2020 target of 95g/km CO2.
– In contrast, Toyota, Volvo and Daimler appear to be well on track to meet the 2020 target
– Good car manufacturers are well able to meet the 2015 and 2020 targets without resorting to accounting tricks such as ‘supercredits’ for electric vehicle sales, or the manipulation of test results.
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