19 Feb 2019


The European Parliament and the Council of Ministers have reached an agreement on the first European standard for CO2 emissions heavy duty commercial vehicles. In 2030, new buses, coaches and trucks will have to emit 30 percent less CO2 than in 2019. The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) is disappointed about the decision.

With this new legislation EU Member States are encouraged to achieve emission targets, encourage innovation, promote clean mobility solutions, strengthen the competitiveness of the EU industry and stimulate employment, while reducing fuel costs for transport companies and help improve air quality. EU Commissioner for Climate and Energy, Miguel Arias Cañete: "With the very first EU emission standards for trucks, we are completing the legal framework to achieve the European target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% by 2030. The Parliament and the Council have reached an ambitious and balanced agreement. The new objectives and incentives will contribute to the fight against emissions, fuel savings for carriers and cleaner air for all Europeans. For EU industry, this is an opportunity to turn innovation into emission-free mobility and to further strengthen its leading position in clean vehicles."

ACEA says in a press-release it is most particularly concerned about the highly ambitious CO2 reduction targets which have now been set for commercial vehicles: -15% by 2025 and -30% by 2030. According to ACEA, these targets are highly demanding, especially as their implementation does not depend solely on the commercial vehicle industry, and the baseline for the targets is still unknown. We can now only call upon member states to urgently step up their efforts to roll-out the infrastructure required for charging and refuelling the alternatively-powered vehicles which will need to be sold en masse if these targets are to be met”, stated ACEA Secretary General, Erik Jonnaert.

ACEA’s concern stems from the total lack of such infrastructure today. Data shows that currently there is no public charging or refueling infrastructure suitable for electric or hydrogen trucks whatsoever. Even in the case of truck-specific filling stations for natural gas (CNG and LNG), availability remains very low and patchy across Europe. Erik Jonnaert: “Policy makers must act to ensure that the zero-emission trucks that manufacturers will be mandated to produce can actually be bought and operated by our customers. Also, given that this is the first time the EU sets CO2 standards for trucks, it is extremely worrying that many supportive measures that could contribute to reaching the targets have been deferred until at least 2025.”

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