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Cars New car CO2 emissions rising due to ‘inconvenient truth’ of SUVs

02:10  22 august  2020
02:10  22 august  2020 Source:   motoringresearch.com

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Car manufacturers are failing to address a need for reduced new car CO 2 emissions due to ever-growing demand for money-making SUVs . The average CO 2 emissions of an SUV is even higher, at 131.5g/km. This has risen since 2017 – and as SUV market share has grown in that time, this

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Car manufacturers are obliged to meet strict CO2 targets for vehicle emissions by the end of 2020 – but new car CO2 output is actually rising due to a focus on selling profitable SUVs.

Last year, SUVs comprised nearly 4 in 10 European new car sales. This has almost doubled since 2015, reveals data from analysts JATO Dynamics.

The popularity of big, heavy SUVs is why a long decline in average new car CO2 emissions has gone into reverse– leaving car firms way off the target they now have just months to meet.

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He said: "I was near the underpass, known as 'Shipka' when I saw the bus smashing into it at at least 30 kph. The vehicle was full of children. New car CO 2 emissions rising due to ‘ inconvenient truth ’ of SUVs .

Heavy-duty vehicles . Lorries, buses and coaches are responsible for about a quarter of CO 2 emissions from road transport in the EU and for Despite some improvements in fuel consumption efficiency in recent years, these emissions are still rising , mainly due to increasing road freight traffic.

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Many car firms are facing huge fines for not reducing their new car CO2 emissions quickly enough.

By the end of 2020, the average CO2 emissions of cars sold in Europe needs to be 95g/km. In 2019, it was 121.8g/km, giving car firms a mountain to climb.

The average CO2 emissions of an SUV is even higher, at 131.5g/km. This has risen since 2017 – and as SUV market share has grown in that time, this increase has compounded the problem.

Car firms are, says JATO, “facing a tough decision – sacrifice sales from SUVs or risk not meeting the target.”

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It certainly means brands might think twice about launching new SUVs in this marketplace, adds JATO, “especially given that any profits they make could easily be depleted by rising penalties”.

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Global energy-related CO 2 emissions flattened in 2019 at around 33 gigatonnes (Gt), following two years of increases. Coal-to-gas fuel switching for power generation avoided 100 Mt of CO 2 in advanced economies and was particularly strong in the United States due to record low natural gas

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Car firms will be fined €95 for every 1g/km of CO2 they are over target, multiplied by the number of cars they sell.

The fines could therefore run into billions.

And despite the UK leaving the EU, it will be the same situation here: the UK government has agreed to transfer across the EU’s strategy for reducing new car CO2 emissions.

JATO analyst Felipe Munoz says car manufacturers face a stark choice – either pay punitive penalties or, in the short term, “discontinue some of their SUVs”.

They either need to “sacrifice sales from SUVs or risk not meeting the target” – and either choice is going to cost them.

It’s the last thing an industry hit hard by the coronavirus crisis needs…

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