Friday, 5 January 2018

CO2 'own goal': Emissions up as new car sales fall

The number of new cars sold in the UK fell for the first time since 2011 in the last year, hurting the battle to combat carbon dioxide emissions.
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said its figures suggested a "backlash" against diesel cars had resulted in an own goal for the environment.

It reported a drop of 5.7% in new car sales during 2017 - the biggest fall since 2009.

It said 2.54 million new cars were registered in 2017 compared with 2.69 million the previous year - with diesel sales providing the main drag.

Demand for diesels fell by 31% last month and 17% over the year, the SMMT said, arguing it had dented progress in cutting tailpipe CO2 emissions.

Its figures measured the first annual increase since 1997.

SKY      News.

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