Directive on Fuel Economy and CO2 Labels for Cars

Last updated: 5 November 2017
In December 1999, the the European Parliament and Council approved a new directive (1999/94/EC) requiring passenger cars sold in the European Union to carry a label on fuel economy and carbon dioxide emissions. Along with requiring the label on cars, the law also calls on member States to work with manufacturers to develop a consumers guide on fuel economy and CO2 emissions, to be distributed free of charge. The directive is aimed at influencing both manufacturers and consumers. Member States are required to transpose the directive into national law by January 2001. Moreover, they are required by December 2003 to submit a report to the European Commission on the effectiveness of the directives provisions, covering the period from January 2001 to December 2002.

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