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UK’s CO2 emissions rise for the first time in 14 years

Published on Tuesday 02 January 2018 in Car news

UK’s CO2 emissions rise for the first time in 14 years

CO2 emissions rise as consumers go for petrol...

Research carried out by Buyacar into Department for Transport figures show that the average new car sold in 2017 produces more CO2 than those sold in 2016 – this, and the massive consumer switch from diesel to petrol, has contributed to a rise in CO2 emissions for the first time in 14 years. Vanarama's Tom Roberts reports.

The anti-diesel campaign has seen new car CO2 emissions increase for the first time in 14 years following a big switch to petrol vehicles in the latter half of 2017.

The average vehicle sold in 2017 pumped out more CO2 than those sold in 2016 – this has REVERSED a huge decline in the emissions of greenhouse gases visible in the Government's figures published in 2003 by the Department of Transport (DoT).


We are NOT hitting environmental targets

The EU has set a target of cutting the average CO2 emissions of vehicles to 95g/km by 2021, but the big switch to petrol has thrown a spanner in the works – mainly because the strategy was based on selling cleaner diesel vehicles.

A DoT spokesperson was quoted as saying: "We will seek to maintain ambitious targets and intervening firmly if not enough progress is being made."


The OTHER side of the coin

The International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) has led the campaign against diesel emissions, and commented that advanced petrol engines – alongside electric and hybrid technology – could cut CO2 emissions without any need for diesel at all.

Peter Mock, the MD of ICCT Europe, said: "Quite a lot of petrol vehicles do not use the latest technologies available and still have higher CO2 emissions than comparable diesel cars. However, the statement that diesel cars are necessary to decrease CO2 emissions is simply wrong."

He added that the popularity of SUVs had also made a significant contribution to the rise in average CO2 emissions.


What do YOU think?

In the end, it's up to the consumers whether they go for diesel or petrol vehicles, although the big switch to petrol has had a very real impact on CO2 emissions goals in the UK.

But what do you think about the switch to petrol, and the affect its had on CO2 emissions? I'd really like to hear your thoughts, so please get in touch by email to [email protected] and tell me.

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