New-car buyers will soon be made aware of the energy taken to manufacture their chosen vehicle, if a new government initiative in partnership with the British Standards Institute and the Carbon Trust goes ahead.
The current energy rating system looks at CO2 emissions per kilometre. The new approach is expected to give a more complete ‘dust-to-dust’ rating for vehicles. This approach to measuring was looked at in 2006 by an American market research company. Their report had some controversial findings (Jeep Wangler was found to emit less CO2 than a Prius over its lifecycle) so it will be interesting to see how vehicles rate if this new system is brought into force. There is no indication of when the new ratings will be introduced, but consultation with manufacturers is expected to in the summer.