EEA reports decrease in CO2 emissions of new cars in 2020

06 July 2021

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The European Environment Agency (EEA) has published provisional data, reporting that the average emissions of new passengers cars registered in the EU, Iceland, Norway and the UK in 2020 were 107.8 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometre (g CO2/km), which was 14.5g, or 12%, lower than in 2019 and represents the first decrease observed since 2016. The share of electric vehicles in new registrations tripled from about 3.5% in 2019, to around 11% in 2020.

Approximately 1.4 million new vans were registered in Europe through 2020, with average emissions of 157.7g CO2/km, which is 2.3g, or 1.5%, lower than in 2019. The share of electric vans increased from 1.4% in 2019, to around 2.3% in 2020.

Source: EEA, 29 June 2021