No change in US car emissions standards for model years 2022-2025
Washington : There is no urgent need to make change in the current stringent greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards for model years 2022-2025 cars and light trucks in the United States, said Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarth on Friday.
"A wide variety of effective technologies" are available to reduce GHG emissions from cars and light trucks and that automakers are well positioned to meet the standards through model year 2025 "at lower costs than predicted", Xinhua quoted an EPA statement as saying.
"My decision today rests on the technical record created by over eight years of research, hundreds of published reports including an independent review by the National Academy of Sciences, hundreds of stakeholder meetings and multiple opportunities for the public and the industry to provide input," McCarthy was quoted as saying.
"At every step in the process the analysis has shown that the greenhouse gas emissions standards for cars and light trucks remain affordable and effective through 2025 and will save American drivers billions of dollars at the pump while protecting our health and the environment."
As per the standards set by EPA for 2025, average fleet-wide consumer fuel economy sticker values of 36 miles per gallon (15 km per litre), which is 10 miles per gallon (four km per litre) more than the current fleet average. And this is why there is no need to make sudden changes.
Cars and light trucks are one of the major reasons behind emission of GHG in the US transportation sector.