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Average CO2 emissions of newly registered cars, Great Britain

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Average CO2 emissions of newly registered cars, Great Britain

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Detail

Geographical coverage: Great Britain

Information broken down by: Region and local authority available on request

Latest data

The average carbon dioxide emissions of cars registered for the first time in the second quarter of 2015 (April to June) was 122.1 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometre.

Most recent data:

Quarter Average CO2/emissions of cars registered for first time (g CO2/km)
2014 April to June 125.9
2015 April to June 122.1
Percentage change -3%

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Emissions in the first quarter of 2015 were 3% lower than those in the same quarter of the previous year.

Average new car CO2 emissions in 2014 were 3% lower than those in 2013, and 28% lower than in 2003, the first full year for which complete data were available.

Background information

A lower emissions figure represents improvement.

Reliable CO2 emissions data have been available since April 2002, so any averages for the whole of 2002 or earlier should be treated with caution.

Almost all new car models have to undergo a standard emissions test before they are approved for sale. The indicator is the average of the emissions test result for all newly registered cars in the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) database for the period in question.

Publishing schedule: quarterly Last updated: 13 August 2015 Next update: November 2015

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Further information

Business Plan 2012 to 2015
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Analyst contact: Jeremy Grove, vehicles statistics, 020 7944 3077