On February 14, the EU Commission released the long-awaited proposal on new truck emissions regulation. According to the Commission, these targets will help to reduce CO2 emissions in the transport sector. More into details, compared to 2019 levels, the proposal sets standards to 45% emissions reductions from 2030; 65% emission reductions from 2035 and 90% emissions reduction from 2040. Furthermore, to stimulate faster deployment of zero-emission buses in cities, the Commission also proposes to make all new city buses zero-emission as of 2030.

According to the EU Commission, the newly-announced proposal “will provide benefits for European transport operators and users by reducing fuel costs and total cost of ownership, and ensure a wider deployment of more energy-efficient vehicles. It will also improve air quality, notably in cities, and the health of Europeans”.

Requests for new truck emissions regulation

The scenario outlined by the major EU institution says that about 99% of heavy-duty vehicles in the EU fleet currently run on internal combustion engines. The growing road transport demand, which is expected to keep rising in the future. In 2019, freight emissions were 44% higher than emissions from the aviation sector and 37% higher than maritime transport emissions.

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“To support this proposal – stated the EU Commission – investments need to be channelled into zero-emission vehicles and into the recharging and refuelling infrastructure, and the Commission has already proposed the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation to develop the necessary charging infrastructure to support the green transition of the heavy duty vehicles sector”.

“In particular, the Commission proposed to install charging and fuelling points at regular intervals on major highways: every 60 kilometres for electric charging and every 150 kilometres for hydrogen refuelling. The Commission is working intensively with the co-legislators to finalise the negotiations on these proposals”.


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