March 12, 2010
New cars greener thanks to Government scrappage scheme
New cars got greener last year thanks to the Government’s “Cash for bangers” vehicle scrappage scheme, it has been announced today.
On average, new car emitted 5.2% less than the average car in 2008 – while this might seem a small reduction, it is biggest reuction seen since records begun 1997.
These figure were released by the society of Motor Manufactures and Trader (SMMT) and Paul everitt said the scrappage scheme was key contributor to the lower emission figure last year.
Mr Everitt said: “Since figures were first recorded in 1997, average new car CO2 emissions have fallen from nearly 190g/km to less than 150g/km – a 21.2% improvement.
“The industry is well on its way to meeting EU regulatory targets of a 130g/km fleet average by 2015, but the current rate of improvement must be maintained.”
He added: “While economic factors may have contributed to 2009’s success, in the longer term slower fleet renewal and a reduced willingness to invest in new technology may undermine this progress.
“Building consumer awareness and delivering effective mechanisms to influence buying behaviour through a long-term environmental tax regime and the Government’s recently announced ultra-low carbon incentive scheme, will become increasingly important.”
The Mini sector had the lowest average emissions last year – dropping 6.7% to 115.6g/km. Luxury car models – which averaged 250.3g/km last year – were the worst pollutants, although emissions in this sector were down 6% on 2008.