Reducing carbon dioxide emissions from passenger cars – Finally picking up pace, but challenges on the road ahead

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Series Details 01/2024, Number 01
ISBN 978-92-849-1431-9
ISSN 1977-5679
EC QJ-AB-24-001-EN-Q
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As of 2020, 11 years after the first Cars CO₂ Regulation entered into force, CO₂ emissions from new passenger cars began to drop significantly. This was mainly due to a significant uptake of electric vehicles, while real-world CO₂ emissions from cars with combustion engines have not dropped. Although the Commission collected and verified the car CO₂ emissions data in line with the Regulation, there is insufficient assurance on the accuracy of CO₂ emissions declared by manufacturers on new car certificates of conformity. We recommend the Commission make better use of electronic tools for collecting and verifying car data and refocus the CO₂ emission reduction targets to address key elements that affect CO₂ emissions from new passenger cars.

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