An environmental transport group has recognized Toyota Motor Corp. as the leader among other carmakers in reducing CO2 emissions in Europe last year. In the study made by Brussels-based Transport & Environment, Toyota is also the company that’s nearest to hitting its target under EU legislation. In 2008, the EU endorsed legislation to reduce CO2 emissions from new cars sold in Europe.
It stated that in 2015, emissions will be cut by one-fifth on average to 130 grams a kilometer. It provided varying targets for individual automakers. These curbs will be phased in between 2012 and 2015.
Last year, Toyota had reduced CO2 emissions by 10% and it is now “best placed” to comply with the 2015 target. In comparison, the car industry had a record 5.1% drop in sales-weighted average emissions of carbon dioxide per kilometer.
Transport & Environment said that carmakers in Europe are on track to having “very significant overcompliance with the CO2 regulation.” It added that these carmakers are likely to hit the target for 2015 years in advance.
The report stated further that its findings imply that the companies “previously exaggerated the time needed to comply with car CO2 limits.”
The study named Toyota, Suzuki, Daimler, Mazda and Ford as the companies that have achieved the most progress in cutting emissions through better technologies instead of selling small cars. [via autonews - sub. required]