Last time we told you about the EU's new CO2 limits, they were almost done. Naturally, the politicians needed a bit more time to discuss them, but now it is official: the EU has new CO2 limits for cars. The numbers remain the same: automakers will have to sell an array of cars that produce an average of 130 g/km in 2015. This limit will be gradually implemented: 65 percent of the fleet should be compliant in 2012, 75 percent in 2013, 80 percent in 2014 and 100 percent in 2015 (of course, all this still has to be passed by the European Commission, but they will surely say yes). An additional 10 g/km should be achieved using alternative fuels and tire pressure monitors. Small manufacturers were saved in the process: those that manufacture fewer than 10,000 units per year will have to set their own reduction targets, whereas niche automakers, those selling between 10,000 and 30,000 cars per year, are expected to reduce their emissions by 25 percent from the 2007 figure.

The ACEA (the European Automobile Manufacturers Association) said that they agreed with this new legislation but, because of "the current financial and economic crises, the auto manufacturers reiterate their urgent call on EU governments and institutions to support short and long-term automotive development and manufacturing in the EU." France's President Sarkozy said that helping the automakers would be fine, as long as factories weren't taken to other countries (Renault barely makes cars in France anymore, for example). ACEA also expressed concern on how the €95 per excess gram of CO2 would hit the auto industry, compared to other polluting counterparts (*ahem* coal electricity generation *cough*).

As some of our readers pointed out, we can establish an approximate comparison of mileage figures and amount of carbon emissions per km. We got our hands on a full table, which you can find after the jump.

[Source: SMMT, ACEA]


CO2 g/km mpg U. S. (gasoline) mpg U. S. (diesel) mpg Imp. (gasoline) mpg Imp. (diesel) l/100km (gasoline) l/100km (diesel)
100 56.0 61.9 67.3 74.3 4.2 3.8
120 47.0 51.1 56.5 61.4 5.0 4.6
130 43.5 48.3 52.3 58.0 5.4 4.9
140 40.5 45.2 48.7 54.3 5.8 5.2
160 34.6 39.2 41.5 47.1 6.8 6.0
180 31.0 34.5 37.2 41.5 7.6 6.8
200 28.0 31.0 33.6 37.2 8.4 7.6
220 25.6 28.0 30.7 33.6 9.2 8.4
240 23.5 26.1 28.2 31.4 10.0 9.0
300 18.6 20.6 22.4 24.8 12.6 11.4
350 16.1 17.8 19.3 21.4 14.6 13.2
400 14.0 15.6 16.8 18.8 16.8 15.0
450 12.4 13.8 14.9 16.6 19.0 17.0