Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

11 Nov 2014
Ms Diane Abbott MP

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to implement carbon and air pollutant emission standards to promote the use of cleaner vehicles; and if he will make a statement.

Mr Robert Goodwill Answered on: 20 November 2014

The Government takes a leading role in EU negotiations on new car and van CO2 regulations which are the major driver of greenhouse gas emissions reductions in cars and vans. The UK fleet is currently ahead of these targets in terms CO2 reduction and emits 22% less CO2 than in 2007. Pollutant emissions (for example particulate matter and oxides of nitrogen (NOx)) are regulated by European (‘Euro’) Emission Standards standards.

These have become increasingly stringent and delivered large reductions for most pollutants. Government’s focus is now achieving real world reductions of NOx for diesel vehicles as new standards are introduced (Euro 6 for cars and vans, Euro VI for buses and lorries). The Government is committed to making the UK a global leader in the design, manufacture and uptake of ultra low emission vehicles which address both carbon and air quality issues. Uptake of these vehicles has increased fourfold year on year and they are approach 1% of new car sales.

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