New industry figures show drop in new-car Co2

The scrappage scheme has significantly reduced the Co2 emitted from new cars because the majority sold under the incentive are small, efficient models, according to new figures.

New car registrations through the scheme had an average Co2 value of 132.1g/km, according to statistics from the Society of Motor Manufacturers. That's 10.9 per cent below the 148.2g/km overall for new cars.

“Since launching, the Scrappage Incentive Scheme has provided a welcome boost to new car registrations,” said SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt.

“Not only is it helping to reduce average CO2 emissions, but it is putting safer vehicles on our roads. The scheme should help to sustain demand into 2010 and have a positive impact on UK manufacturing and new car registrations during the first half of the year.” Twitter - follow

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20 October 2009

This is true , it really does improve the Co2 emissions in the UK since these cars are being manufactured somewhere else. Why not stop manufacturing anything in the UK , that would really cut emissions. Realistically though , scrapping cars ahead of their time is not helping the planet.

20 October 2009

I shouldn't think these claims would stand up before the Advertising Standards Authority. Just comparing the CO2 emissions per mile of the scrapped cars with the new cars is not enough. You need to assess whether the new cars are driven further than the old ones. As a previous poster has also said, there is the emissions from manufacturing the car in the first place to consider too.

Presumably, if £2k scrappage makes a significant reduction to emissions, increasing it to £10k would reduce emissions five times more.... Perhaps I should join this Government as a poicy advisor. I think that I would fit in well.

21 October 2009

usual spin garbage - as scientifically sound as a Roland Emerich movie script.

21 October 2009

I suspect the SMMT knows full well that the only cars that WERE selling prior to scrappage were small cars. How scrappage made any difference except selling more new small cars (and therefore lowering the average CO2 because small cars generally pollute less), I don't know.

I still want a Supercharged Range Rover.


21 October 2009

I agree with the above comments – it’s all spin. How any Government can champion the spending taxpayers money to subsidise the purchase of imported budget Korean cars is beyond me. It may create a few jobs in the auto trade (the SMMT’s member list) but that’s it. If lowering CO2 was important why not only make the £2K available on cars manufactured in the UK (i.e. not shipped around the world) and then only on cars with low CO2 figures?

24 October 2009

Technology has moved on so much in the last 10 years though that cars bought on the scrappage scheme are almost certainly going to be generally lower on C02 and other emissions and should burn less of our rapidly vanishing oil supplies too. Gotta be a good thing.

Restricting the scrappage scheme to UK built cars only is unrealistic and protectionist. And exactly how many of those cars built in the UK are made by British companies anyway?!

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