EU pledges 30 per cent truck and bus carbon emission cut by 2030

The EU has made a provisional commitment to reduce CO2 emissions from new trucks and buses by 30 per cent compared to current levels before 2030, as part of its overall commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It has set an interim target of a 15 per cent reduction by 2025 and will seek to create new incentives for manufacturers to build low and zero emission trucks.

The EU has not set any limit on emissions from heavy trucks and buses up to now, although trucks account for 27 per cent of road transport-related CO2 emissions in the EU and six per cent of total EU carbon emissions. The transport sector is the only sector from which emissions are still increasing at present. The EU believes this change will lead to a reduction in CO2 emissions of 54 million tonnes between 2020 and 2030, equivalent to the total annual CO2 emissions produced by Sweden.

The move follows an agreement made in December to cut emissions from cars and vans. It will need to be formally supported by the European Council and will be subject to a vote in the European Parliament. The EU is aiming to reduce all greenhouse gases by at least 40 per cent below 1990 levels by 2030, in line with the Paris Agreement. The 2030 target for truck and bus emissions will be subject to a review in 2022.

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