Romania was ranked 12th in a league table of who buys the most polluting car models in Europe, with an average 156 g/km CO2 emissions, down from the ninth. In 2007, the average emissions of CO2 for cars bought by Romanian drivers was 155g/km.

Portuguese drivers were the most eco-conscious in Europe last year when it came to buying cars with an average of 138g CO/km (ex. VW Polo).

In Latvia, there are the least green drivers with a figure of 181g/km (ex: Subaru Imprezza).

The European Union plans to reduce CO2 emissions of new cars to an average 130g/km by 2015.

“Car makers can build green cars, but they need us to buy them”, said the director of ETA, Andrew Davis.

Ranking Country Average CO2 2008 (g/km)
1. Portugal 138
2. France 140
3. Italy 145
4. Denmark 146
5. Malta 147
6. Belgium 148
7. Spain 148
8. Poland 153
9. Hungary 153
10. Czech Republic 154
11. Slovenia 156
12.
Romania 156
13. Ireland 157
14. Netherlands 158
15. Austria 158
16. Great Britain 158
17. Luxembourg 160
18. Greece 161
19. Finland 163
20. Germany 165
21. Cyprus 166
22. Lithuania 170
23. Sweden 174
24. Estonia 177
25. Latvia 181