CO2 emissions from new cars continue to fall

New cars sold in the EU are “increasingly” more fuel-efficient. Last year new cars emitted on average 119.6 grammes of Carbon Dioxide per kilometre (gCO2/km), 8% below the EU target […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

New cars sold in the EU are “increasingly” more fuel-efficient.

Last year new cars emitted on average 119.6 grammes of Carbon Dioxide per kilometre (gCO2/km), 8% below the EU target set for 2015, according to the European Environment Agency (EEA).

Sales of new cars increased by 9% last year but CO2 emissions was 3% lower than in 2014, it added.

The least fuel-efficient cars were bought in Estonia and Latvia with emission levels of 137gCO2/km.

For all remaining Member States the average emission levels were below 130gCO2/km.

The Netherlands was the country that registered the most efficient new cars with average levels of 101.2gCO2/km followed by Portugal and Denmark.

Diesel cars remain the most sold vehicles in the EU, constituting 52% of sales. The countries with the highest proportions of diesel sales include Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal and Croatia.

Sales of plug-in hybrids and battery-electric vehicles continued to increase last year, the EEA stated.

The relative share of plug-in hybrids and battery electric vehicle sales was highest in the Netherlands and Denmark, reaching 12% and 8 % respectively of national car sales.

However sales of such vehicles still remain a small fraction of total sales accounting for just 1.3% of all new EU cars sold, it added.

Around 57,000 pure battery electric vehicles were registered in 2015, a 50% increase compared to 2014.

The largest number of registrations were recorded in France with more than 17,650 vehicles, Germany with more than 12,350 vehicles and the UK with more than 9,900 vehicles.