CO2 emissions European cars are rising for the third year in a row

For years the average CO2 emissions of new cars decreased, but in 2019 it increased for the third year in a row. The new fleet in Europe on average again emits almost as much as in 2014.

In 2007, the average CO2 emissions of new cars sold in Europe amounted to 159.1 grams per kilometer (NEDC). That fell sharply for years, until the lowest point was reached in 2017 with 117.8 grams per kilometer (photo 2). Since then the trend has been reversed and the average CO2 emissions of new cars are rising again. According to JATO, it reached 121.8 grams per kilometer in 2019. An increase of 1.3 grams compared to 2018. In Europe we are again almost at the level of 2014 (123.3 g / km).

Although there is an increasing focus on electric driving and more and more models with relatively low CO2 emissions are appearing, two other trends seem to throw a spanner in the works. The ever-growing popularity of SUVs and the abandonment of diesel engines are, according to JATO, the main causes of the increase. SUVs emit a relatively large amount of CO2 due to their higher Cw value and often larger engines. Diesel cars are generally more favorable in terms of CO2 emissions than petrol cars, but are becoming an increasingly smaller part of the market.

According to the figures, the Netherlands is still doing relatively well. Here, the average emissions of the new fleet in 2019 went to 106 grams per kilometer. That is a decrease of 5.9 grams compared to a year earlier. Especially the huge run on electric cars in our country makes a contribution in this regard.


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