Top 15 Automakers for Low(er) Carbon Dioxide Emissions

 

Too Much Carbon DioxideGas2 readers may remember the European Union offering investment credits and other rewards for automakers building green – and fines levied for excessive CO2 emissions. The combination of the proverbial carrot and stick is apparently paying off; CO2 emissions, at least, are dropping like flies across Europe.

For a brief review of the EU standards – there is a staggered system in place. The end goal is 130g/km of CO2 emissions (averaged across all new cars introduced the year in question by any automaker). In 2012, 65% of new cars must meet the standard, then in 2013 75%, and in 2014 80%. Heavy fines will be assessed if these limits are exceeded.

Volvo and Fiat Deserve Cookies (None for Honda or Mazda)

According to the last official survey conducted by the EU, the best performers have been Fiat and Volvo; Fiat has already reduced its average CO2 emissions to 126g/km, while Volvo somehow managed to pull off a 9.3% reduction (173g/km in 2009 to 157g/km in 2010).

The average CO2 output across the board in the European market went down a total of 3.7%, despite slight increases perpetrated by both Mazda and Honda. Enjoy the lists of top 15 automakers below – one for low CO2 emissions overall and one for most improvement shown.

Top 15 – Low Carbon Dioxide Emissions

1. Fiat – 126 g/km CO2
2. Toyota – 130 g/km CO2
3. PSA – 131 g/km CO2
4. Renault – 136 g/km CO2
5. Ford – 137 g/km CO2
6. Suzuki – 137 g/km CO2
7. Hyundai – 138 g/km CO2
8. GM – 139 g/km CO2
9. The VW group – 143 g/km CO2
10. Honda – 147 g/km CO2
11. Nissan – 147 g/km CO2
12. BMW – 148 g/km CO2
13. Mazda – 149 g/km CO2
14. Volvo – 157 g/km CO2
15. Daimler – 161 g/km CO2

Top 15 – % Carbon Dioxide Emission Decrease

1. Volvo – 9.3% reduction to 157 g/km CO2
2. VW Group – 6.2% reduction to 143 g/km CO2
3. GM – 6.0% reduction to 139 g/km CO2
4. Ford – 4.9% reduction to 137 g/km CO2
5. Nissan – 4.1% reduction to 147 g/km CO2
6. Fiat – 3.5% reduction to 126 g/km CO2
7. Daimler – 3.0% reduction to 161 g/km CO2
8. PSA – 2.9% reduction to 131 g/km CO2
9. Suzuki – 2.6% reduction to 137 g/km CO2
10. BMW – 2.2% reduction to 148 g/km CO2
11. Renault – 2.1% reduction to 136 g/km CO2
12. Hyundai – 1.7% reduction to 138 g/km CO2
13. Toyota – 1.3% reduction to 130 g/km CO2
14. Mazda – 0.3% increase to 149 g/km CO2
15. Honda – 0.6% increase to 147 g/km CO2

Do carbon dioxide emissions even matter? Is the EU heading in the right direction and should the U.S. follow? Let us know what you think in the comments, below.

Source: Auto Motor und Sport | Image via Wikimedia Commons.





About the Author

spent 7 years living in Germany and Japan, studying both languages extensively, doing translation and education with companies like Bosch, Nissan, Fuji Heavy, and others. Charis has a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and currently lives in Chicago, Illinois. She also believes that Janeway was the best Star Trek Captain.