The amount of emissions reduced from new EU vans last year were at its lowest level since 2012, according to the European Environment Agency (EEA).
It stated average emissions of CO2 fell by less than one gramme per kilometre (gCO2/km). They emitted 168 gCO2/km in 2015.
It added emissions were however below the EU’s 2017 target of 175 gCO2/km, with the goal reached in 2013.
Average emissions were lowest in Portugal with 141.7 gCO2/km, Cyprus with 143.2 gCO2/km and Bulgaria with 143.9 gCO2/km.
They were highest in Slovakia with 186.6 gCO2/km while Germany and the Czech Republic emitted 186.4 gCO2/km and 182.6 gCO2/km respectively.
Fuel efficiency in these vehicles increased slightly compared to the previous year but improvements are still needed to meet the 147 gCO2/km target for 2020, the EEA sated.
It added: “Only 10,250 electric and plug-in hybrid vans were sold in 2015, representing 0.7 % of the total EU van sales. This is lower than the 184,000 electric and plug-in hybrid passenger cars sold the same year, a share of 1.3% of total car sales.”