Emissions from new cars in Sweden continue to decline

17:12, October 29, 2009      

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Carbon dioxide emissions from new cars in Sweden averaged 169 grams per kilometre in the first half of 2009, down 3.1 percent on the figure for the whole of 2008 (174 grams) and 13 percent on 2005 (194 grams), according a press release from the Ministry of Environment in Sweden recently.

Aggregate emissions from road traffic in Sweden fell by 2 percent over the latest 12-month period. This is apparent from an index of the climate impact of new cars presented by the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, the National Road Administration and the Swedish Consumer Agency.

New cars in Sweden are still among the most fuel-thirsty in the EU. Between 2005 and the first half of 2009 emissions from new cars in Sweden fell by 25 grams, while they decreased by 7 grams in the EU between 2005 and 2008.

The carbon dioxide emissions of newly registered Swedish cars in the first half of 2009 averaged 169 grams per kilometre. If account is taken of the combined climate-related benefit of cars that run on ethanol and gas in Sweden, new cars on average emit 155 grams per kilometre.

This was due to increasingly fuel-efficient cars, an increased proportion of renewable fuels and a decline in traffic levels.

The index of the climate impact of new cars in Sweden contains statistics on new vehicles, broken down by county and municipality, legal entities and private individuals (divided into men and women), and information on the types of cars bought.

By Xuefei Chen, People's Daily Online, Stockholm.
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