Emission omission

Car manufacturers are failing the environment in terms of cutting emissions, claim UK researchers who have analyzed RL Polk Marketing Systems data. The research carried out for the European Federation for Transport and Environment (T&E) reveals that the car industry is very unlikely to meet targets for carbon dioxide reduction by 2008. In 1998, the European Automobile Manufacturers Association promised it could deliver new cars that would release just 140 grams per kilometre by this year. New cars in 2005 averaged 160 g/km, which is a mere 1% down on 2004 figures. A 4.3% annual reduction from now until 2008 is needed to hit the target, but T&E director Jos Dings says the European Commission has "sat back and watched while carmakers put all their technology into making cars heavier and more powerful, rather than more fuel efficient," thus allowing them to default on their promises.