The European Commission has proposed a comprehensive strategy to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from new cars and vans sold in the European Union. Average emissions from new cars sold in the EU-27 must be reduced to 120g CO2/km by 2012 – a reduction of 25 per cent from current levels. Improvements in vehicle technology would have to reduce average emissions to no more than 130g/km, while complementary measures would contribute a further emissions cut of up to 10g/km, thus reducing overall emissions to 120g/km. For vans, the fleet average emission targets would be 175g by 2012 and 160g by 2015, compared with 201g in 2002. Commission President Barroso welcomed the new measures and called upon the car industry to preserve their long term competitiveness by taking an innovative lead in the interest of consumers. The legislative framework to implement the strategy will be proposed by the Commission by the end of 2007.