The carbon emissions of new cars issued in the UK fell 3.5% in 2010 compared to the previous year. Figures from the 10th annual New Car CO2 Report from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) reveal that the average car emissions are now 144.2 g/km of CO2.
Over the last 10 years, car emissions have dropped by more than 20% while other statistics from the report show that nearly 40% of the UK motoring market is from cars that emit less than 130 g/km of CO2, showing that the UK is almost half way to the European Union’s 2015 emissions target.
In the year 2000, less than 1% of the new cars sold in the UK had emissions of less than 130 g/km of CO2.
Paul Everitt, chief executive of the SMMT, commented: “New technology has delivered impressive reductions in CO2 emissions but coordinated action, to support research and development, new infrastructure and consumer incentives, is critical to securing significant future advances.”
Almost 40,000 vehicles emitted less than 100 g/km of CO2, the report found.
Source: Energy Saving Trust