Toyota, Fiat and BMW on course to meet new EU CO2 reduction targets

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 11, 2010

According to official EU data, Toyota, PSA/Peugeot-Citroen, Fiat and BMW will be able to meet EU’s CO2 reduction targets ahead of schedule. Toyota faces the lowest percentage reduction, four percent in six years, to attain its EU target of average fleet emissions of 127 grams per kilometer by 2015.

The Brussels-based green transport campaigners Transport & Environment says Toyota is the best-placed among carmakers to reach its 2015 goal.

In 2009, Toyota was Europe’s second “greenest” carmaker with average CO2 emissions from its new car fleet of 132g/km, about 1g/km behind Fiat’s average of 131g/km. In second place is PSA, which has to decrease emissions by 5 percent from 136g/km in 2009 to a goal of 129g/km by 2015.

Meanwhile, BMW is No. 11 in a list of carmakers ranked by CO2 emission levels. BMW must reduce emissions by 8 percent to reach its 2015 goal of 139g/km from 151g/km in 2009.

Fiat must reduce another 10g/km (8 percent) to reach its goal of 121g/km by 2015, the lowest among carmakers as Fiat, which sells mostly small cars, has the lightest average weight for its models at 1,136 kg, as opposed to a 1,337 overall average in 2009.

To reduce CO2 emissions, the EU set automakers’ individual CO2 reduction targets as part of a goal to decrease new-car emissions in Europe overall to 130g/km by 2015, from 160g/km in 2006. The 130g/km figure is parallel to fuel consumption of 5.6 liters of gasoline or 5.0 liters of diesel fuel per 100 km.

The EU warns of heavy fines for firms that do not reach their targets. The EU, pressured by German and French automakers, also unveiled a weight-based system that sets individual targets for every carmaker. [via autonews - sub. required]

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