From Automotive News Europe
Brussels (Reuters) - Italy stood by small carmakers such as Fiat on Friday, refusing to join France, Germany and Britain in a deal to cut carbon dioxide emissions. EU ambassadors agreed to phase in emission curbs to 2015, cementing a deal agreed by France and Germany in June, and they can now enter negotiations with the European Parliament to reach a final deal this year.
The European Union executive has proposed cutting carbon dioxide output from cars by 18 percent to 130 g/km by 2012 as part of an ambitious plan to lead the world in fighting climate change, with stiff fines for offenders.
Italy is unhappy that smaller cars have been set more ambitious targets than bigger cars. Fiat, for example, might have to cut to 122 g, while BMW would have to cut to just 137 g.
Greenpeace campaigner Franziska Achterberg said EU governments had made too many concessions to an industry that was reluctant to modernise in the face of global warming.