EU agrees first-ever CO2 targets for trucks

The European Parliament today voted to cut carbon dioxide emissions from new trucks by 30 per cent by 2030 and reward manufacturers whose electric, hybrid and hydrogen vehicles make up at least 2 per cent of new truck sales with a less stringent target.

The new European regulation also includes an interim target of a 15 per cent cut in CO2 emissions from new heavy-goods vehicles sold in 2025 compared to 2019 levels. European campaign group Transport & Environment (T&E) says this zero-emission sales incentive will help kick-start the shift away from fossil fuel technology. However, the Brussels-based group warns that the new targets are far from enough to meet the Paris climate goals.

Trucks in Europe already today account for 22 per cent of road transport emissions while making up 2 per cent of the vehicles on the road. The EU is the last major economy to regulate the fastest growing CO2 source in European road transport

Stef Cornelis, cleaner trucks manager at T&E, said: “This law is a pivotal moment for the truck industry in Europe. After 20 years of very little progress in fuel efficiency, and the biggest cartel fines in the industry history, truck makers have to cut emissions by almost a third over a decade and start supplying zero-emission trucks.”

In a separate development yesterday, the independent National Infrastructure Commission appointed by the UK Treasury recommended the British government ban the sale of new diesel trucks no later than 2040 to achieve zero-emission freight in 2050.

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