Tuesday, September 10 15:55:40
Ireland is now 7th best in the EU for having the lowest fuel consumption and emissions for new cars sold in 2012.
This reflects well on Ireland's CO2-differentiaal and proves that the reforms of 2008 and 2011 are paying dividends. Ireland has jumped seven places after being ranked 14th best in the EU based on 2011 sales. Ireland recorded a 2.6pc improvement in CO2 emissions for new cars sold in 2012 compared to 2011.
The report monitors the annual progress made by vehicle manufacturers to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of new cars. The data shows that both premium and mainstream carmakers are on track to hit their 2015 and 2020 targets.
The report also finds that good carmakers do not need loopholes such as supercredits and manipulation of test results, which effectively weaken the targets, to meet their CO2 limits.
Since 2006, T&E's report 'How Clean are Europe's Cars' has been assessing carmakers' efforts to cut CO2 emissions. Following the introduction of this law the annual rate of progress has tripled to 3.6pc. The clear conclusion is that the targets are achievable for makers of all types and sizes of cars with appropriate planning.
Some carmakers are choosing to meet their targets by manipulating official tests and fitting technology that delivers little benefit on the road. Yet the report shows other carmakers, like Peugeot-Citroen and Toyota, are making excellent progress in reducing emissions without resorting to these tricks.
A spokesperson for Transport and Environment said, "all carmakers should focus on making lower carbon, more efficient cars instead of relying on loopholes to meet their goals."