Vehicle emissions continue to rise in EU
According to provisional data from the European Union's environment agency, CO2 emissions from new cars sold in Europe rose for a third consecutive year in 2019.
The report said that emissions for new cars registered in the EU in 2019 (as well as Britain, Iceland and Norway) averaged 122.4g/km, an increase of 1.6 compared with 2018.
While this was below the EU's average CO2 target for the year (130g/km), the new level coming into effect later this year is much tougher, set at an average of 95g/km.
Carmakers will somehow have to cut emissions by 22 per cent this year to avoid paying hefty fines on every gramme of CO2 over the target.
The popularity of SUVs is blamed for the continuing rise in emissions, as high riders now account for 38 per cent of Europe's new car sales. Electric and hybrid vehicles made up just 3.5 percent of new car sales in 2019, with Norway accounting for more than half of those.
The European Commission said; "manufacturers will have to improve the fuel efficiency of their fleet and accelerate the deployment of zero- and low-emission vehicles", while also calling on its members to offer incentives for EVs, and improve charging infrastructure.