The European Commission publishes the Final Report on Testing CO2/Car labelling options and consumer information

March 24, 2014


The Final Report on Testing CO2/Car labelling options and consumer information conducted for the European Commission’s Directorate General CLIMA was published on 21 June 2013 and is available for download.

The study tested possible new variants of car eco-labels and promotional material in experimental settings, providing policy recommendations on how to devise measures that contribute to inducing better choices for the environment and fuel efficiency. To that end, a preliminary survey, a laboratory experiment testing labels and online experiments re-testing labels and testing promotional material launched in ten countries: Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom. Findings of the study report that Europeans are aware and not indifferent to the environmental problems caused by the pollution produced by vehicles. In order to amplify impact label usage, it is suggested that the Commission and Member States should use the most effective and easy to understand labels in order to gradually improve comprehension and increase familiarity and trust.

The study forms part of earlier research projects conducted by Open Evidence Staff.

Related documents:

  1. “Testing CO2/Car labelling options and consumer information” – behavioural study- Annex 2Other annexes
  2. Report on the implementation of Directive 1999/94/EC relating to the availability of consumer information on fuel economy and CO2 emissions in respect of the marketing of new passenger cars and Annexes
  3. Report on the effectiveness of the car fuel efficiency labelling directive 1999/94/EC and options for improvement and Annexes