CO2 emissions from new passenger cars in Europe: Car manufacturers’ performance in 2020

This briefing paper provides an overview of CO2 emission levels of new passenger cars in the European Union in 2020 based on a preliminary dataset recently released by the European Environment Agency. The dataset shows that new cars sold in the EU in 2020 had average CO2 emissions of 108 g CO2/km, 14 g/km lower than in 2019, as measured over the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). Including flexible compliance mechanisms, such as super-credits and phase-in provisions, lowers average NEDC CO2 emissions to 96 g/km.