Average CO2 emissions for new cars sold in the UK have fallen for the 12th consecutive year
9 March 2010

Average CO2 emissions for new cars sold in the UK have fallen for the 12th consecutive year.

The average CO2 emissions of a new car sold in 2009 was 146.5g/km, 5.4 per cent lower than in 2008. This is a 21.2 per cent drop from 1997, a reduction of 40.3g/km.

One in five cars sold in the UK last year had CO2 emissions of under 120g/km, while there was also a shift towards the lower VED bands. Sales in the K-M bands (225g/km and above) now account for just 5.8 per cent of the market, compared with 28.1 per cent in 1997. The most popular VED band for sales is E (131-140g/km).

The SMMT believes the main factors in the overall reduction in CO2 emissions are improved technology, the affects of the recession, the scrappage incentive scheme and rising fuel prices.

The average CO2 emissions for a new car sold under the scrappage scheme were 133.3g/km.

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9 March 2010

Not a suprise really, all we ever hear about is CO2 and manufacturers havig to agree to it all, dare they be shot by the authorities. I guess it fits in with the Labour movement though, restricting us all to small cars so we don't really want to travel anywhere, raising fuel duty, so we can't afford to travel anywhere, being the nation with more CCTV than the whole of Europe put together, fined for parking, fined for speeding (should you be silly enough not to notice a huge yellow box on a pole)... Now, let's remind ourselves what other government restricted movement and spied on its nation?

I do appreciate however that BMW seem to get around this power/CO2 thing, I also feel it admirable that they swallow it without kicking up too much of a fuss, and I also find it cunning how Bentley etc will avoid it through the VW link, however the "greenest" car of the all, the Prius, in fact is hideously polluting seeing as the raw materials made to use it come from all over the world, and then the NiMH batteries are then left to rot in a field, but we'll overlook that because whilst its engine is running, it's as clean as a daisy.

Surely there has to be a point when all this can be put to one side, and we can all be made to realise that we're going to die in some way shape or form and that CO2 is just another thing on the list that will get us one day, that or cancer from a diesel..

9 March 2010

I think we need a bit of perspective here. 1) So the industry has achieved a 5% average CO2 reduction as measured in an unrealistic and hopelessly optimistic "test", usually undertaken by the manufacturers themselves (albeit observed by EU officials). As anyone who has ever compared the "official" fuel consumption figures with real world data will know, actual CO2 figures will be much higher than calculated. 2) Some 2 million cars, each producing an average 2.4 tonnes of CO2 per 10,000 mile travelled were introduced to British roads last year. Many of these will be additional vehicles since the number of new cars sold always exceeds the number scrapped (even with last year's scrappage scheme). 4) These 2 million cars will have no doubt created many million tonnes of CO2 in their manufacture and distribution. 3) It would be interesting to see figures from the petroleum industry for petrol and diesel sold, since this is the only true measure of whether any actual progress is being made...


9 March 2010

So why is road tax going through the roof and another tax coming in to add £110-£550 to the price of most new cars??!?!?! If you want a new second/weekend sports car you've now got to pay £1,385 in pollution taxes just to put it on the road, even if you do a tiny mileage or already pay a fortune in fuel duty.

10 March 2010

[quote lrh] If you want a new second/weekend sports car you've now got to pay £1,385 in pollution taxes just to put it on the road[/quote] You've added the first year rate to the standard year rate. The OTR price of a new car in Band M will include £950 road tax, then you'll pay £435 each following year to renew it. You'll never pay both together...

[quote lrh]So why is road tax going through the roof and another tax coming in to add £110-£550 to the price of most new cars??!?!?![/quote] The average CO2 in 2009 was 146.5g/km, so a high portion of cars sold were below this level. Anything from 0 to 140g/km gets cheaper under the new regime, and 141-150g/km stays the same.

The road tax changes only increase the cost of cars over 150g/km. The science can be questioned, but the maths of incentivising low-CO2 to pull down the average works fine in my book.


10 March 2010

The fundamental flaw in all these taxes is they assume all cars do the same mileage. The people buying ultra-economical cars or diesels are doing huges mileages putting out the most CO2 and yet paying less:

40,000 km * 120g/km = 4.8 tonnes of CO2 = £35 road tax

I do:

15,000 km * 273g/km = 4.1 tonnes of CO2 = £435 road tax


10 March 2010

[quote lrh]Fair?[/quote] Perhaps not, but you were talking about a second, sporty car for the weekends. Only if you travelled on foot or by bicycle for the rest of the week could your outrage be justified.

Trust me, I'm a car nut too, but cutting down "spare" cars and unnecessary mileage makes sense as a target. Expensive infrastructure aside, mileage-based road tax probably wins my vote.

16 March 2013

look at this for a movement http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/env_co2_emi-environment-co2-emissions the rate may have been less when compared to last years but this small amounts do do muchof an impact. effects of Carbon emmition have been direct influences on the earth in today's world.   Carbon emissions need to be controlled and the action needs to start from this second. I think to reduce this Carbon emission level all our governments need to stand on one rule, and should increase the Carbon taxes, maybe this will create the green revolution in this corporate world. Change needs to start from the biggest and the smallest forms of carbon emitters. In consideration to this, our today lives are undergoing so much change and the sad part is that the effects of these changes are now direct influencing but are indirectly and slowly influencing every one of our life's. Our indoor air is getting more and more toxic every min as we speak. I may be a worrier, but this is just because there is so much impact on me without my action. World has changed, it's no longer true that , our actions will have an impact on our life's, but it is now like every one of our actions will have an impact on others life's too. I personally use a CO2 meter in my office and home to monitor the CO2 levels around me. i brought a CO2 meter from here and it is really helpful, and they have many of them to choose from depending on your budget. http://www.airconcern.co.uk/indoor-air-quality-instruments-co2-meters-c-1_132_137.html it is not reallly a bad idea to test your indoor air and stay as safe as possble in todays world. 

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