The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) presented the seventh annual report into the carbon emissions of new cars to an all party government motors committee at the House of Commons on March 17th.
Looking back, since 1997, the ‘Driving Down Emissions’ report shows how all cars are contributing to a drop in average CO2 levels, by recording a 13 per cent fall in the past ten years. Much of that is due to consumer demand, with two in five new cars sold falling into the 140g/km CO2 band, when, in 1997, the figures were less than four percent of overall sales.
SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt said: "Industry is bringing more new technologies to market.
"Encouraging consumers to embrace these and choose lower CO2-emitting variants must be our priority. However, this is not a task for industry alone; car makers, government, fuel companies and new car buyers have a role to play in delivering lower carbon motoring."
Despite the UK being the only European nation to experience petrol duty lower than diesel duty, sales of diesel vehicles rose from the 26.5 per cent figure in 1997, [remove comma]to stand at 40.2 per cent at the end of 2007.