Sustainable mobility


Most of our cars run on oil-based fuel – an increasingly scarce resource – making driving more and more expensive, and bad for the climate/environment. CO2 emissions from cars are directly related to the car’s fuel consumption – each 1% decrease in CO2 emissions results in a 1% decrease in fuel consumption. A problem has been that CO2 emission reductions were often only achieved in the laboratory, not under real driving conditions. The EU is now putting in place , which should benefit consumers. It is up to authorities to ensure these are achieved on-the-road, to the benefit of consumers’ wallets.

Information at the point of sale can help car buyers opt for more fuel-efficient cars. A would help consumers do so and influence the supply of more sustainable options, such as . If consumers are to make the most out of such options, European countries must also work towards an accessible and easy-to-use charging infrastructure.

Other developments in the car sector create new and different challenges for consumer policy. The increase in local urgently requires policy-makers’ attention. New innovations such as pose a whole new set of questions regarding liability, safety, data protection, fair competition and more.