Defrauding consumers, damaging the environment and our health
Due to greenhouse gas emissions, international experts like the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) expect an increase in the average global temperature, a rise in sea level and more extreme weather events such as droughts, storms and floods.
It is therefore extremely important to do everything we can to tackle climate change and achieve the objectives of the European Union to limit global warming to 2°C.
In the EU, the transport sector accounts for 20% of the total greenhouse gas (GHG) ⓘ emissions (Eurostat Pocket Book, 2013). Within the transport sector, 94% of the emissions come from the road.
Ensuring consumers get more realistic car fuel consumption data would help them make informed decisions and contribute to the reduction of GHG emissions as a result.
On paper, car CO2 emissions have fallen significantly in recent years. The reason is that carmakers optimise emissions during tests in laboratory. As a consequence, fuel consumption and CO2 emission results are overly good. But in reality more CO2 emissions are being discharged into the atmosphere than officially assumed.
To tackle efficiently global warming, European and national authorities need to have real fuel consumption figures.