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Date published: 2007/02/06

The BBC says:

The European Commission is proposing forcing carmakers to make an 18% cut in CO2 emissions from new cars by 2012.

A spokesman said the commission was aiming for a 25% cut in car emissions overall, with the "bulk of the effort" coming from better motor technology.

The rest of the cut is expected to be achieved by measures such as greater use of biofuels and better tyres.

Details of the plan, which has divided the commission, will be unveiled on Wednesday after a two-week delay.

Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas had wanted to oblige carmakers to achieve the full 25% emissions cut alone, but ran into strong opposition from the German car industry and Industry Commissioner Guenter Verheugen.

Industry sources say Mr Dimas's proposal would have pushed up the cost of a new car by 2,500 euros (£1,640), though other studies suggested the increase would be as low as 600 euros (£400).

Reports from Brussels say the commission will propose a package of measures designed to bring emissions from the average new car down to 120g of CO2 per kilometre by 2012 - 25% below the 2005 level of 162g/km.

Carmakers would be responsible for getting emissions down to 130g/km through the use of better car technology, under the commission proposal.

Increased use of biofuels, better tyres and measures to ensure drivers change gear at the right time would help to save the extra 10g/km.

European carmakers agreed in 1998 to aim for average emissions of 140g/km by 2008/9, but are no longer expected to meet this target.

The EU originally wanted to get emissions under 120g/km by 2005, but the deadline slipped to 2012.

The European Commissioners haven't a clue about business, or much else, for that matter. But hopefully this will indeed lead to improved technology, rather than just worse cars. If the industry says the cost is 2500 euros per car and "other studies" (almost certainly by people who haven't a clue about business) says 600 euros, then you can probably split the difference. Of course 1000 or 1500 euros means nothing to rich people like the European Commissioners.

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