Binding laws to force auto-makers to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from new vehicles could be in store across Europe soon, according to the Environment Commissioner, speaking to the European Voice newspaper. Stavros Dimas was quoted as saying manufacturers showed little sign of meeting a voluntary target on time.
This seeks to reduce CO2 emissions to an industry average of 140 grams per kilometre by 2008 and 120 g/km by 2012. The draft law could mirror the carmakers’ voluntary agreement, though details are still said to be under discussion. Opposed to binding rules, the European Automobile Manufacturers Association has called on policy makers to create tax incentives to prod consumers to buy less-polluting cars. It says consumer demand for larger cars has had a counterproductive effect on reducing emissions.