EU Emission Targets For Passenger Cars
By Paul Homewood
We have seen how Obama’s fuel efficiency directives have so far misfired.
In the UK, as well, we have similar targets. In our case, they are mandatory CO2 emission targets for new cars, imposed by the EU.
These targets began to be phased in from 2012, and so far run through to 2021.
Whether the EU’s highly bureaucratic measures, complete with penalties, credits and plenty of other things for overpaid busybodies to get involved with, will make the slightest difference is debatable.
According to DECC, motor manufacturers have been steadily improving fuel efficiency for donkeys’ years, without interference from the EU. And no doubt will continue to do so.
Top Line is Petrol Engined, Bottom is Diesel
Meanwhile, petroleum consumption, after dropping slightly following the financial crisis in 2008, has been creeping up again.
Given the large drop in petrol prices last year, it is highly likely we will see numbers for 2015 rising again.
The reality, which bureaucrats don’t seem to understand, is that when you make cars cheaper to run, people are more likely to drive them more. (Lower petrol prices obviously have the same effect).