Britain’s Diesel Fiasco Causes Rising CO2 Emissions

  • Date: 11/01/19
  • Daily Express

Diesel cars are in decline due to the wide condemnation of the fuel type as a result of the VW Dieselgate scandal of 2015. The overall decline in new diesel car sales has caused CO2 emissions to rise.

Once revered for their lower CO2 emissions and high mileage, diesel is now the dirty word in the car industry.

New figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) showed just how quickly diesel cars are in decline.

Just over 750,000 new diesel cars were registered in 2018 compares to 1.06 million in 2017.

The overall market percentage of diesel cars also slumped from 42 per cent to under 32 per cent over the space of 12 months. December marked the 21st consecutive month of decline for the fuel type – despite new emissions tests showing diesels deliver in the real world.

However, the rapid decline in diesel car registrations is having an unfortunate consequence on the environment as average CO2 emissions have increased.  Average CO2 emissions have climbed almost three per cent to 124.5g/km.

The reason for this is because diesel cars typically produce less CO2 emissions, in fact, the SMMT states that diesels are on average, 15-20 per cent more efficient than petrol equivalents.

With more people turning their back on diesel and opted instead for petrol CO2 emissions have soared.

Diesel cars

The overall decline in new diesel car sales has caused CO2 emissions to rise (Image: GETTY)

Over the course of last year, petrol car registrations increased by 100,000, with the fuel type now occupying a 62.3 percent market share.

Hybrid, electric and alternatively fuelled vehicles also increase by 20.9 per cent but the fuel types only account for six per cent of the total cars on the roads.

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