To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reason her Department moved the commitment to play an active role in the European Commission's review of the long-term targets in new car carbon dioxide reduction regulations from being an action in the main Structural Reform Plan in its May 2011 Business Plan to being an Additional departmental action in Annex B of its May 2012 Business Plan; and what progress her Department has made in playing an active role in the European Commission's review of the long-term targets in new car CO2 regulations.
In line with Cabinet Office guidance the main Structural Reform Plan is now more focussed on the actions we will undertake to implement our major structural reforms. The Department remains fully committed to reducing CO2 and chose in the 2012 Business Plan to expand on the previous action by setting a new action, 4.6ii to “develop and promote a UK position on the European Commission's review of long-term targets in new car and van CO2 and the Commission's developing strategy for reducing HGV CO2 emissions” by June 2013. The previous action was therefore moved to an annex in line with guidance.
The Department for Transport leads for the UK in negotiating new car CO2 regulations through the EU, which remains one of the main policy levers for delivering improvements in new car efficiency. We have an active and constructive ongoing engagement with the European Commission and key industry stakeholders and are fully engaged in this review at ministerial and official levels.