German Car CO2 Up
German-made cars have seen their CO2 emissions go UP according to a report from the European Federation for Transport & the Environment (T&E) whereas French, Italian and Japanese car manufacturers saw their vehicles' emissions go DOWN.
T&E says that the figures for 2006 when compared to 2005 show that French, Italian and Japanese CO2 emission figures actually dropped by an average of 1.6% whereas the German cars' emissions increased by 0.6%.
Now this may not be a massive increase but it's ironic that the country that has been most influential in pushing for climate change targets should be the country whose car manufacturers seem to be doing the opposite.
Let's be fair here, it's not all German car-makers who are at fault. BMW have actually reduced their cars' emissions by 2.5% whereas it's Volkswagen whose emissions have gone up, by just 0.8%, and Daimler-Chrysler (Daimler) have seen their emissions rise by a nasty 2.8%!
The report indicates that weight is an issue with vehicle emissions and that weight-saving has reduced CO2 output whereas the heavier cars have seen an increase.
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Japan is making very good progress with Toyota in particular singling out praise for cutting around 5% on their vehicles' emissions.