Brussels, 2 June 2008
The European Commission today launched a public consultation on information provided to consumers about the fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of new cars. Stakeholders and the general public are invited to submit their views on how such information can be made clearer and more consistent. Studies have shown that the CO2 labelling directive in force is not working as well as it could and needs to be amended. The results of this consultation will be used to help shape a Commission proposal to revise the directive.
The survey is designed to gather feedback on awareness of the directive and the experiences of respondents, and to consider in particular information provided to consumers regarding the fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions of new cars in car showrooms and advertisements.
The Commission is committed to reducing CO2 emissions from cars, which account for some 12% of overall EU emissions of CO2. This strategy includes legislation on the average emission levels of new passenger cars, but also ensures that consumers have sufficient information to choose fuel efficient and low CO2-emitting cars.
The CO2 labelling directive is meant to raise awareness and enable consumers to make informed choices when buying cars. Currently the information must be provided to the consumers as follows:
The revised directive will complement the proposed legislation to reduce CO2 emissions from passenger cars to an average of 130 grams of CO2 per kilometre (g/km) by 2012 (see IP/07/1965) which is currently under discussion in the European Parliament and Council.
Further information on the revision of labelling Directive 1999/94/EC can be found on: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/air/transport/co2/co2_cars_labelling.htm
The consultation runs until 28 July 2008. Interested stakeholders are invited to participate by filling in the online questionnaire at http://ec.europa.eu/yourvoice/ipm/forms/dispatch?form=co2&lang=en
 Directive 1999/94/EC