Monday August 10, 2020

Boom in SUV sales blamed for rise in vehicle carbon emissions

Despite stricter EU rules and an increase in electric cars, the popularity of fuel-heavy SUVs has cancelled out improvements in carbon efficiency across Europe

Daniel Murray

Business Reporter

1st July, 2020
Sales of SUVs in Ireland have increased from 30 per cent of total car sales in 2016 to 45 per cent last year

The growing popularity of SUVs is hindering efforts at carbon reductions in transport across Europe, new data has shown.

Average CO2 emissions from cars sold in Europe rose in 2019, despite stricter emissions standards being implemented across the continent. The increase for the third year in a row has been blamed in large part on the increased popularity of SUVs, which are heavier and generally use more powerful engines which can cancel out improvements in...

Subscribe from just €1 for the first month!

Exclusive offers:

All Digital Access + eReader



Unlimited Access for 1 Month

Then €19.99 a month after the offer period.

Get basic
*New subscribers only
You can cancel any time.



€149 For the 1st Year

Unlimited Access for 1 Year

You can cancel any time.




90 Day Pass

You can cancel any time.

2 Yearly



Unlimited Access for 2 Years

This product does not auto-renew

Team Pass

Get a Business Account for you and your team

Related Stories

The growing worldwide love affair with larger, heavier Sports Utility Vehicles has all but wiped out the motor industry’s gains in fuel efficiency over the past 20 years

John Gibbons | 1 day ago

Local people have reported falling sick due to the noxious odours emanating from the former gasworks premises on Dock Road

Daniel Murray | 1 week ago

Peter Sweetman has been involved in 351 of the 624 appeals since the beginning of 2018

Michael Brennan | 2 weeks ago