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European Union agrees on 2020 car emission targets

Late last night it was announced that Ireland’s Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Phil Hogan (pictured) has brokered an agreement between the European Parliament and the Council that will set strict new CO2 emissions targets for all new passenger cars sold in the European Union.

The deal which still needs to be ratified by The Permanent Representatives Committee will see the introduction of a 95g/km tailpipe emissions target for all new passenger cars by 2020. Under the terms of the agreement, supercredits will still be available to manufacturers that develop breakthrough technologies and produce vehicles with ultra-low emissions.

Minister Phil Hogan T.D., the Irish Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government said of the agreement: “The agreement strikes an appropriate balance between environmental ambition and economic considerations. This agreement will not only protect climate but will save consumers money and will boost innovation and competitiveness in the European car industry, creating much needed jobs in the process.

“This agreement clearly represents a win-win for climate, consumers, innovation and jobs and provides another important step towards a competitive, low-carbon economy.”

A further outcome of last night’s 2020 auto emissions law agreement was the acknowledgment of the failings of the current MPG/CO2 emissions New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) testing, with the agreement calling for the immediate transition to a new Worldwide Harmonized Light-duty Test Procedures (WLTP).

WLTP is being designed and tested by experts from the European Union, Japan, and India under guidelines of UNECE World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations. A final version is expected by 2014.

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