Why carbon emissions from new cars are going up despite the crackdown on ‘dirty’ diesel
The Government’s diesel crackdown saw carbon emissions from new cars rise for the first time last year, industry figures have revealed.
The average CO2 emissions from cars registered in 2017 climbed by 0.8 per cent to 121g/kg, following 19 years of reductions in emissions as a result of tightening pollution standards.
If car manufacturers fail to bring carbon dioxide emissions back into remission they will face multi-million pound fines under EU climate change targets coming in 2021.
Failure for the UK in meeting these green targets would also have wider political ramifications, even after leaving the EU.
Companies selling cars above the limit will be fined according to how far above the threshold…