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‘Anti-diesel agenda’ to impact on falling van CO2 emissions says SMMT

New van CO2 emissions declined further in 2016 but the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has warned that the ‘anti-diesel’ agenda will halt further progress.

Mike Hawes, chief executive, SMMT.

Latest SMMT figures show average new van CO2 fell 1.9% to a new low of 173.7g/km in 2016, ahead of the 2017 deadline for the pan-European target of 175g/km.

However, the SMMT warned that changes in consumer buying behaviour away from diesel in 2016 have caused the rate of progress to slow.

It also noted that a slowdown in demand for alternatively fuelled vehicles, which saw growth fall from 40.3% in 2015 to 22.2% last year, makes progress on CO2 reduction much harder.

Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said: “The automotive industry has some of the most challenging CO2 reduction targets of any sector and continues to deliver reductions as it has for nearly two decades. For this positive trend to continue, modern low emission diesels and AFVs such as plug-ins, hydrogen and hybrids must be encouraged with long-term incentives. Turning our back on any of these will undermine progress on CO2 targets as well as air quality objectives.”

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Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.

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