European parliament backs tougher car emissions limits
STRASBOURG (REUTERS) - Members of the European Parliament voted through the world's toughest carbon dioxide standards for new cars on Tuesday, prompting a cautious welcome from environmental campaigners.
The new rules set a limit of 95 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometre (g/km) as an average across all new cars sold in the EU, compared with an existing limit of 130 g/km.
The European Commission, the EU executive, proposed the target should apply from 2020, but full implementation has been delayed for a year following months of negotiation.
Germany, on behalf of its luxury car makers, such as Daimler and BMW, campaigned hard for more time to implement the legislation, which its car industry says will still be extremely challenging.