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Sustainable consumption and production
Climate change and energy

8. Private cars

Private car CO2 emissions, car-kilometres and household spending, 1990 to 2008

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8a

CO2 emissions since:
1990
Red
2003
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  • Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from private cars increased by 6 per cent between 1990 and 2008 despite a fall in emissions in recent years. 

  • Over the same period road traffic volume (measured as total car-kilometres travelled) increased by 20 per cent. Road traffic volume increased in line with household spending (household final consumption expenditure) until the mid-1990s but this relationship has since weakened.


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Updated: 30 July 2010