Since 2002, SMMT has produced its annual CO2 report, to give the industry an open and transparent approach to communicating the UK performance on new car CO2 emissions. The reporting uses CO2 figures from the official New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) laboratory test, which is required by law and witnessed by a government appointed agency.
The automotive industry in the UK had a strong year in 2015, delivering record volumes of new car registrations and average new car and van carbon dioxide emissions hit their lowest level ever. Alternatively fuelled vehicles, including pure and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, also saw record volumes and market share.
The UK has some of the most ambitious national CO2 targets in the world and road transport has an important role to play in achieving them. A range of technologies will be needed to meet CO2 reduction targets with the internal combustion engine (ICE), both petrol and diesel technologies, making a significant contribution. Further electrification of the vehicle fleet is also needed to meet these strict targets.