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EU Auto Makers Need to Buck Up in the Race for CO2 Reduction

A report released by the green group T&E states that auto makers are lagging behind in their effort to slash carbon emissions, which will make it hard to meet the CO2 targets proposed by the European Union. The auto industry will have to attain a 17% reduction in carbon emissions in order to meet the 2012 EU targets.

EU Auto Makers Need to Buck Up in the Race for CO2 Reduction

The EU has pledged that by 2020, emissions would go down by at least 20% of 1990 levels and the car industry is supposed to contribute towards the reduction goal by cutting down emissions from new cars from the current 158 grams/km to 130 grams/km by the year 2012.

The top five brands that are on track to meet the targets are PSA Peugeot-Citroen, Renault, Fiat, Toyota and Honda; while Nissan, Mazda and Suzuki will need to make huge CO2 cuts if they want to keep up.

With cars being one of the biggest sources of emissions, the proposed CO2 cuts will go a long way in curbing pollution. But with the auto industry trying to resist EU’s proposal, it remains to be seen whether it will actually materialize.

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