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New data: European automakers winning emissions battle

We all know about the efforts being made to reduce vehicle exhaust emissions: but now new statistics suggest that European automakers are also reducing emissions vastly at the vehicle production stage.Exhaust Emissions

According to the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) Pocket Guide, European manufacturers have made significant advancements towards reducing the environmental impact of vehicle production in recent years – including significant reductions in energy and water use, and a reduction in the amount of waste and CO2 produced.

It suggests that unit production now uses around 20 per cent less water than in 2005; while energy use is down 3.4 per cent even though there is greater vehicle complexity.

Meanwhile, emissions of volatile organic compounds have been reduced by 37.5 per cent in total; while the total amount of waste generated from the manufacturing of vehicles has been reduced by 4.7 per cent.

In addition, the pocket guide also provides new information and statistics on employment and trade; registration; taxation; and more. For example, it reveals that the automotive industry creates 11.6million direct and indirect jobs in the European Union.

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