Automotive Climate Change Question 5

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“Does the brand plan to achieve an average CO2 emission of 130 grams per kilometer (g/km) or lower for its European car fleet prior to 2015?”

Dutch version: “Heeft het merk zich ten doel gesteld om in 2015 een gemiddelde uitstoot van CO2 van 130 gram per kilometer (g/km) of lager te realiseren voor de Europese vloot?”

German version: Hat sich das Unternehmen für die Europäische Flotte zum Ziel gesetzt, bis spätestens 2015 einen durchschnittlichen CO2-Ausstoß von 130 Gramm pro Kilometer (g/km) oder weniger zu erreichen?


First, we should define what a car is. This is not easy as various brands and the EU use different names and definitions of categories. For the following questions on cars we use this general rule of thumb: “Vehicles used for the carriage of passengers and comprising no more than 7 seats in addition to the driver's seat.” Note that small commercial vehicles for carrying goods are not included. However, a model that is promoted (for example) as a family car, as well as a possible commercial vehicle for carrying goods should be included.

Why the target of 130 g/km by 2015? Targets have been formulated throughout recent years, for example 140 g/km by 2008 [1] and 130 g/km from 2012 to 2015, as set by the EU , see Page 2 Art.9.

We have taken this EU Regulation (EC) No 443/2009 as the benchmark. The regulation aims to pursue an “integrated approach with a view to reaching the Community target of 120 g CO2/km by 2012 and announced that the Commission would propose a legislative framework to achieve the Community objective by focusing on mandatory reductions of emissions of CO2 to reach an objective of 130 g CO2/km for the average new car fleet by means of improvements in car motor technology.” We have chosen the year 2015 because the overall objective is: “to gradually limit CO2 emissions to 120 g/km for 65% of new cars in 2012, 75% in 2013, 80% in 2014 and 100% in 2015”.

Please note that for this question we look specifically at the brand's car fleet average, so information on the conglomerate's website is only accountable when the conglomerate specifically refers to the brand's car fleet average.

Ranking guidelines

Rank Yes:

- When automotive brands clearly have stated the objective. Where applicable, brands will most likely only refer to the ‘European market’ when stating the objective and not the worldwide sales. We set the bar low (EU) at this moment, so this will pass as a ‘Yes’, but please make a note in the remark section that the objective concerns the EU market. If brands have formulated a comparable objective, e.g. to achieve an average CO2 emission of 130 g/km for 65% of its new cars in 2012, this will also count as a ‘Yes’. The next update of the questionnaire and manual may strictly use the EU benchmark applied to the worldwide market of the brand.

Rank ?:

- When information on this cannot be found, or is not clear.

Rank No?

- When brands have formulated an objective where the average CO2 emission of the car fleet is higher than 130 g/km.