New CO2 emissions limits for trucks
Members of the European Parliament approved in April 2019 the first ever EU regulation on CO2 emissions for trucks and lorries, since around quarter of the road traffic emissions is accountable to these vehicles. The aim is to reduce CO2 emissions by heavy-duty vehicles by 30% by 2030, with an intermediate target of 15% by 2025.
Since 1990, heavy-duty vehicle emissions have increased by 25%, mainly because of an increase in road freight traffic. These are projected to increase further if new policies were not adopted and enforced. Consequently, according to the regulation, manufacturers will be required to ensure that at least a 2% market share of the sales of new vehicles are made up of zero- and low emission vehicles.
The European Parliament expects that the regulation will help to reduce pollution on the roads, improve air quality as well as spur the industry on change and advances in technology. As to the next step, the Council needs to formally approve the text before it can enter into force.