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January 06, 2016

EPA Reports: Automakers Beat Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards for Third Straight Year

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on December 16 announced that auto manufacturers have surpassed the more stringent 2014 standards for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, while model year 2014 fuel economy remains steady at the highest level ever recorded.

The findings were included in two reports the agency released on December 16: an annual report on fuel economy trends and a report on the auto industry’s progress toward meeting GHG emissions standards for cars and light trucks.

The Greenhouse Gas Manufacturer Performance Report concludes that for model year 2014, manufacturers are surpassing the GHG standards by an average of 13 grams of carbon dioxide per mile, or about 1.4 miles per gallon (mpg). The agency’s annual “Light-Duty Automotive Technology, Carbon Dioxide Emissions and Fuel Economy Trends: 1975 through 2015” report shows that fleet-wide model year 2014 fuel economy remained steady at the highest recorded level of 24.3 mpg, while truck fuel economy reached a record high of 20.4 mpg. In the last 10 years, fuel economy has increased significantly, improving by 5 mpg or 26% overall. See the EPA news release.