Achieving the ambitious target of 95g CO2 emissions will be challenging but is a realistic prospect that could even see yet more reductions, says Federal-Mogul.

Speaking to just-auto at its Technology Day in its German plant of Burscheid near Cologne yesterday (4 July), the global supplier said even that target could go lower than the European Commission's 95g emissions goal by 2020.

"95g is challenging, but from what we see in the market, it is something that is achievable...without disruptive technology," Federal-Mogul chief technology officer, Gian Maria Olivetti, told just-auto in Germany.

"For sure the average weight of the fleet is reducing, that is helping to reach that average value. And don't forget it is an average value. The average value would be easier if the weight of the fleet is reducing."

Federal-Mogul is engaged in evaluating ways to drive down CO2 emissions and Olivetti was flanked during the day by his team including experts looking at downsized engines, lightweight design, piston rings and powertrain market demands.

"I think we will reach something below 95g CO2 - difficult to say when," said Olivetti. "It [is] difficult to state targets in a short [time] frame, but you never know, I think we will see something.

The European Union recently agreed the 95g limit for new cars by 2020, which significantly lowers the figure from the 130g in 2015, but the body has also left open the possibility of yet further reductions.

According to emissions caps rules, the entire range of models sold by each carmaker must have average emissions of no more than 95g/km.