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Greenpeace: Car industry's green claims a fairy tale

Posted: 22 Jan 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:fuel-efficient cars? green energy? CO2 emissions standards?

As automobile shows opened in Brussels and Vienna in Europe last week, Greenpeace International challenged the European car manufacturers to stop undermining a European proposal for more fuel-efficient cars and instead take action to lower the climate impact of their fleets.

"Carmakers are doing their utmost to present a green image," said Franziska Achterberg, transport campaigner for Greenpeace European Unit. "But behind the concept cars and niche models is a backstage effort to block climate saving legislation and promote a vast fleet of polluting vehicles."

According to Greenpeace, car manufacturers last month has succeeded in weakening an EU proposal to set mandatory CO2 emissions standards for their fleets sold in Europe and push for further concessions.

Ten years ago, European carmakers promised to bring down average emissions to 140g/km by now. But their progress to put their cars on a carbon diet has stalled to a virtual standstill, noted Greenpeace.

Greenpeace believes the EU proposal will fail to effectively control CO2 emissions unless lawmakers strengthen it by including a 120g CO2/km standard as a fleet average for 2012 and a target of 80g CO2/km by 2020. The organization added that emission standards should be based on a car's utility and not its weight, as well as and the need for set effective penalties to ensure car manufacturers respect the new standards.

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