June 25 - The European Union has reached a compromise deal to enforce stricter rules on carbon dioxide emissions for new EU automobiles from 2020. As Sonia Legg reports, Germany had tried the block the plan which still needs official EU endorsement.
95 grams is today's daily digit in Europe - the new limit per kilometre on carbon dioxide emissions for all new EU automobiles. The proposed target must be met by 2020. Germany had tried to block the change to ensure its luxury car makers could carry on producing more powerful vehicles. But Ireland, which currently holds the EU presidency and brokered the deal, said 95 grams struck the right balance between environmental and economic considerations. Under the rules, each manufacturer will be assigned an individual target based on the nature of their fleet and past cuts. A German suggestion to allow manufacturers to earn supercredits by producing electric cars to offset the big polluters was rejected. If approved by member states Germany will have the hardest task. Its EU emissions range in 2011 was 147 g/km, according to the International Council on Clean Transportation. The EU fleet average is around 132g - not far off the existing goal of 130g to be phased in by 2015.