The emission levels from new cars have reached an all-time low in the United Kingdom (UK), according to the motor industry group dubbed as the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). This is welcome news amid the worldwide efforts to save our mother Earth from the devastating effects of climate change due to environmental degradation of our own creation.
The SMMT said carbon tailpipe emissions from new cars in the UK recently averaged 124.6 g per one kilometre. The European Union’s wide target is 130 g/km. This is actually three per cent better compared to the emissions of pollutants last year.
The SMMT also said there had been a shift to more-efficient diesel and petrol engines as well as a significant growth in the number of vehicles using alternative fuel. It added that in the year 2014, 68.6 % of new cars significantly met or fell below the 130 g/km threshold of the European Union compared to the year 2000 with just around one per cent.
The vehicles and their owners will have to face tougher targets in the future as the EU is requiring an emission level of 95 g/km by the year 2020.
Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, commented on the latest emission data, stressing that the automotive sector of Britain has made an enormous stride in remarkably reducing emissions of pollutants and the nation is proud of its own achievements in helping the worldwide efforts to save our mother Earth.
“However, there’s still a long journey to take in meeting ambitious targets in the year 2020 which will need an ongoing investment and support.
The society has been committed to working with the government of the next decade by making the changes right now to help the industry in meeting the even greater reduction of CO2 emissions demanded in the future,” said Hawes.
On the other hand, commercial vehicle and car production had raced ahead last month. The motor industry has been lauding some of the best figures for years especially those with much reduced CO2 emissions.
The production surge has a total of 144,893 cars being produced in the UK in March, 2015. It’s around two per cent rise in the same period last year. It was the best figure in March since 2006. So, it took the number of cars produced in the first three months of 2015 to 402,193. It was a 0.6% dip on the total for the period from January to March 2014.
The level of productivity per person was also at all-time high, as announced by SMMT. There had been 11.5 vehicles being produced a year for each person employed in the motor industry for the past five years. During the period the figure was 9.2 vehicles being produced by every employee each year from 2005 to 2009.
In terms of car production, it has been said that if it’s built in UK, it’s just beyond an ordinary brand because British car making industry is increasingly competitive on a worldwide scale. The latest rise in production figures is clear evidence to this claim.