Emissions down across Europe

Vehicle emissions across 21 countries in Europe reduced by 12% last year compared to 2019.

According to data from JATO Dynamics, the volume weighted average CO2 emissions (was 106.7 g/km last year.

This drop can be attributed to tougher government regulations such as the enforcement of WLTP fuel economy rules and a shift in consumer attitudes in favour of electric vehicles. Registrations of pure electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles totaled 1.21 million units last year – 10.6% of the total market. This is an increase from 2019, when volume totaled 466,000 units, accounting for just 3.1% of total registrations.

Felipe Munoz, JATO’s global analyst, said: “Although the industry still needs to do more to meet the European Commission’s’ CO2 targets, manufacturers have demonstrated significant progress with their range and sales in 2020.”

Six countries posted average emissions below 100g/km: the Netherlands, Denmark, Portugal, Sweden, France and Finland. This also reflects the ranking for countries with the highest registration of EVs, with Sweden (32%) and the Netherlands (25%) topping the list. Finland, Denmark and Portugal occupied the following positions.