Passengers cars and CO2

In the Energy Package also road transport is being addressed. Regulation (EC) No 443/2009 of the European Parliament and the Council sets emission performance standards for new passenger cars as part of the Community’s integrated approach to reduce CO2emission from light-duty vehicles.


The standard relates to the new car fleet in 2012 and amounts to 120g CO2/km and should be met by a manufacturer or group of manufacturers. As much as 130g CO2/km has to be reached by motor vehicle technology; a further 10g CO2/km will result from additional measures.  Manufacturers of cars in the higher mass segment may ask for a derogation until 2015 at the latest; the percentage of their fleet which has to meet the standard has to increase stepwise from 65% in 2012 to 100% in 2015. A target of 95g CO2/km will be applicable for new car fleets in 2020. For more information click here.



Fuel quality

The target for Member States of a 10% share of biofuels for transport in 2020 required an amendment on the Fuel Quality Directive (98/70/EC) to phase in an increase to 10% ethanol in motor vehicle fuels. The new Directive (2009/30/EC) also addresses the emissions of greenhouse gases from the fuel production chain and sets a target to reduce these by 6% in 2020. For details click here.