AVERAGE car emissions will have to dip to 95 grammes a kilometre under a new European Union cap announced yesterday.
That represents a significant cut in what most car ranges are able to do at the moment.
However, the new cap is some way off as it will not effectively become law until 2021.
But to give an idea of how much improvement there will have to be, it is worth noting that, from next year, the rules impose an average of 130g/km.
Then the aim is for a non-compulsory figure of 95g/km for 2020 – a year before the new cap becomes mandatory.
That effectively means that automakers will have to have 95pc of the 2021 target in place by 2020.
That will mean a lot of money saved on fuel (assuming there is no mad spike in prices).
It is estimated the move will mean a reduction in fuel use and emissions of 27pc over six years.
However, that could be counteracted by more cars on the road and/or increased use of existing vehicle numbers.