Volvo Tops CO2 Emissions Reduction in Europe
The eight most important carmakers in Europe managed to reduce the CO2 emissions by an average of two to six percent in 2010, with Volvo Car Corporation cutting CO2 emissions by nine percent.
This comes as a result of the company’s "DRIVe towards zero" efforts, with sales of clean diesel engines from the DRIVe range being the most important move.
"The aim is to come down to an average of 95 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometre across our total car sales in 2020. In theory that is entirely feasible, but a lot depends on developments in legislation, incentives, energy availability and of course customer demand. In addition, the EU intends to introduce a new method for calculating carbon dioxide, and this too will impact our plan,” said Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President Research and Development at Volvo Car Corporation.
To get an idea of how the market looks like from an eco point of view, you have to know that the average CO2 emissions figure for new vehicles sold in Europe currently sits at 140 grams per km.