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Car CO2 Emissions

Ever wondered what carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are generated by your vehicle? You might not be aware that CO2 emissions can influence the amount of car tax you pay, as well as the rate of company car tax for fleet users. Discover how much the average car CO2 emissions is and how much it can differ between new and used cars.

Within our comprehensive car CO2 emissions guide, we’ll also discuss the vehicles that emit the lowest levels of CO2 emissions and the public opinion on driving eco-friendly cars on our roads.

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Government confirms zero emissions target

The Government has now re-affirmed its commitment for almost all cars and vans on UK roads to be completely zero emission by 2050.

The UK was one of 13 international members of the Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Alliance to sign a commitment as part of a climate summit in Paris, with the aim being to promote cleaner motoring as well as slashing transport emissions. 

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Chinese smog levels force government action on polluting vehicles

China has been cracking down on high-emission transport in an effort to lower the huge amount of smog evident in its major cities.

Subsequently, a vast number of scrapyards and recycling sites now contain thousands of completely abandoned buses, cars and trucks.  None of the vehicles in the scrapyards were able to meet even the most lenient of emissions standards.

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Emissions fall for 17th consecutive year

The UK has again beaten CO2 emissions targets, with the average new car in the UK posting emissions of 4.2 per cent lower than the EU-wide target of 130g/km.

The new annual report from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has been published, and shows that carbon exhaust emissions in the UK have decreased for the 17th consecutive year and are now as low as they’ve ever been.

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New green fuel isn’t efficient, says What Car?

A green petrol, which will meet EU environmental regulations, is not as efficient as our current blends of renewable fuels, and could even cause an increase in CO2 exhaust emissions, according to tests carried out by What Car? magazine.

The E10 fuel contains 10 per cent bio-ethanol and is being rolled-out across the UK as part of the Government’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions; aligned with the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive which requires 10 per cent of road transport energy to be sourced from renewable sources by 2020.

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