EU trucks to cut CO2 emissions by 15 % by 2025
The European Commission has created new emission standards for trucks. By 2025 they will have to cut their CO2 emissions with at least 15%. This reduction should double by the year 2030.
On Thursday the European Commission will put forward a new emission standard for trucks on the continent. Cars and vans are already subject to strict CO2 emission standards, but for trucks and lorries it’s a first.
Road freight currently represents 27% of all greenhouse gases and Europe would be foolish not to do anything about it when the USA, Canada, China, Japan and even India have CO2 standards for trucks.
15 % less and then 30 %
Estimations say that by 2030 the share of trucks on the road will increase by 14%, and if Europe wants to meet its Paris Climate Conference objective of reducing CO2 emission by 40% in 12 years, actions have to be taken by the transport sector.
That’s why the Commission put forward a proposition to reduce trucks CO2 emissions by 15% in seven years and double that figure by 2030. If technology allows it, this new standard could be strengthened by 2022.
Normal trucks first
While truck manufacturers communicate about emissions in the US, Europe has chosen its own system. It’s called Vecto and should be viable by next year. 2019 will be taken as a reference year.
For buses, smaller trucks and tractor-trailers, the EU doesn’t have enough data yet, which is why this emission reduction will first apply to normal trucks. Yet, EU rules encourage cities to go for ‘green’ buses and use alternative energy.
This new standard provoked mixed reactions. Companies like Ikea, Colruyt, Unilever and Barry Callebaut, and even the transport federation (Febetra) are asking Europe to be more ambitious. Less polluting trucks could represent important fuel savings.
To reduce emissions the Commission asks truck manufacturers to create new, more aerodynamic designs with rounder shapes. This would also increase visibility and safety.