Under the new deal, average fleet emissions from new cars, which are currently around 158 grams
- Must be reduced to 130 grams/km by 2012
- Must fall further to 95 grams by 2020
- For every gram over the average a manufacturer will face fines of 95 euro per car
The proposal still has to pass the full EU Parliament and the Council of Ministers. But this is now increasingly likely to happen, and we’ll be defending this package every inch of the way.
The ruling comes as a huge blow to the car industry lobby, which has shamelessly defended its right to drive climate change by putting profits ahead of the climate. The lobby, led by Volkswagen, Mercedes and BMW will now have to embrace a low carbon future.