In the first half of this year, a new car emitted an average of 111.2 grams of CO2 per kilometer. That is 9.2 percent less than last year. It is the first time since 2016 that this form of CO2 emissions has fallen in Europe.
As of this year, stricter European emission standards have applied. Newly registered cars may not emit more than 95 grams of CO2 per kilometer. The stricter standards have forced carmakers to invest in (semi-) electric models, otherwise they will be punished with sky-high fines. This is now bearing fruit, the European environmental organization concludes. But the benefits that governments grant owners of a (semi-) electric car also help. In the Netherlands, for example, the addition for an electric car is extra low and no road tax has to be paid for plug-in hybrids.
The share of electric cars will also increase in the coming year, the organization expects. “Next year, one in seven cars sold in Europe will be an electric model,” predicts director Julia Poliscanova. “But without new ambitious European environmental targets, the share will not increase further from 2022, I fear.”