I’ve been on hols again – life is tough when you have kids – and am working my way through the backlog. I find…
Friends of the Earth has a campaign to reduce CO2 emission limits for cars. Apparently:
* In October 2008 the European Parliament is to vote to adopt the European Commission’s proposed regulation on CO2 emission limits.
* The proposed limit for new cars registered in the EU is to be 130g CO2 / km instead of the existing 160g CO2 / km.
* BUT Friends of the Earth believes that 130g / km is not enough and is campaigning for a more restrictive limit of 120g CO2 / km with further reductions to follow, (80g/km in 2020 and 65g/km in 2025)
* To highlight this they have set up a microsite: http://www.forlesspollutingcars.com/ to get people concerned about this to write to their MEPs
So they emailed some friendly bloggers to stir up some interest. They seem to have omitted the irritating content-free flash intro from the microsite, so thats good.
However… my feeling is that this isn’t really going to work. What is going to, and is now, reducing the amount of CO2 emitted by cars is the increases in the price of fuel (and before any greenies start rejoicing about that, the increases in the price are driven by high demand which means that lots of it is being burned). This legislation will only get passed if it doesn’t inconvenience too many people.