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Agreement on CO2 emissions from cars

The European Commission has adopted a communication on the future agreement with the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) on CO2 emissions from passenger cars. In the agreement the ACEA commits itself to achieving a target of 140 g/km CO2 emissions for the aver...
The European Commission has adopted a communication on the future agreement with the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) on CO2 emissions from passenger cars. In the agreement the ACEA commits itself to achieving a target of 140 g/km CO2 emissions for the average of new cars sold in the EU by 2008 representing a reduction of about 25%.

In addition, the ACEA have undertaken to review the potential for further reductions towards the EU's overall 120 g/km target for all new cars by 2012 in five years time. These commitments will be jointly monitored by the Commission and the ACEA and will be measured according to Directive 90/116/EC which sets out the Community measurement procedure.

Certain assumptions will be taken into account in the implementation of this agreement regarding the availability of fuels to enable the application of certain technologies, equivalent efforts by non-ACEA manufacturers, the unhampered diffusion of fuel-efficient technologies and any potential impact of the CO2 emission reduction efforts on the general economic situation of the industry. These assumptions will be taken into account in the monitoring of the agreement.

This agreement could set an important precedent and the Commission also hopes to conclude agreements on CO2 emissions from cars with the Japanese and Korean car manufacturers for their sales in the EU, and has begun negotiations with the Japanese Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA).

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