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Volvo leads European fleet CO2 reduction

Volvo leads European fleet CO2 reduction

The EU's legally binding CO2 targets, whereby all new cars sold in Europe in 2015 should emit no more than 130 g/km on average, means that manufacturers are concentrating on tailpipe CO2 reduction. The targets extend to a 95 g/km threshold by 2020.

Volvo Car Corporation tops the tables among European carmakers when it comes to CO2 reductions. This is shown in the sixth annual analysis conducted by T&E, the European Federation for Transport and Environment.

"We are delighted and very proud of this result. We are following our ambitious plan which puts the spotlight on cutting carbon dioxide emissions," says Stefan Jacoby, President and CEO of Volvo Car Corporation.

Europe's eight largest carmakers cut their CO2 emissions by an average of 2-6% in 2010. Volvo Car Corporation is the exception that stands out; with a CO2 reduction of no less than 9%.This is the result of a concerted environmental focus under the "DRIVe towards zero" banner.

Sales of fuel-efficient diesel engines from the DRIVe range have been highly successful and are one of the explanations behind the major reduction in carbon dioxide emissions. Examples of popular models are the V50 DRIVe with emissions of 99 g/km and the V70 DRIVe with 119 g/km. Volvo Car Corporation's CO2 strategy also includes electrified cars with varying degrees of hybridisation, even more efficient diesel and petrol engines, and alternative fuels.

"The aim is to come down to an average of 95 gCO2/km across our total car sales in 2020. In theory that is entirely feasible, but a lot depends on developments in legislation, incentives, energy availability and of course customer demand. In addition, the EU intends to introduce a new method for calculating carbon dioxide, and this too will impact our plan," says Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President Research and Development at Volvo Car Corporation.

The analysis by the European Federation for Transport and Environment shows how well European car manufacturers have succeeded in cutting CO2 emissions and fuel consumption in new cars, in line with current targets. All told, CO2 emissions from new cars sold in the EU dropped by 3.7% in 2010, and today the average figure for new cars sold in Europe is 140 g/km.

However, T&E believes longer term targets are needed to ensure continuing technological progress to further cut oil use and CO2 emissions. Doubling the real-world fuel efficiency of new cars by 2025, using existing technology, would save Europeans billions, cut global warming pollution, and reduce our dependence on oil.


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