Trucks emissions targets sought
11 May, 2018
Five EU Member States, including France, have called for ambitious CO2 emissions reduction targets for trucks, ahead of a proposal from the Commission expected soon. In a position paper, seen by Reuters, France says it wants “ambitious objectives to be fixed for 2025, 2030 and 2050 in order to expand efforts to de-carbonise transport”.
In another letter, ministers from Ireland, Lithuania, the Netherlands and Luxembourg call on the Commission to set a CO2 emission reduction target of at least 24% for 2025 and 35-45% for 2030. Both documents called on the Commission to introduce a review clause for 2021 to set the final 2030 target and lower it if necessary.
Unlike other countries such as the US and China, the EU has no limits on CO2 emissions from trucks, which account for a quarter of road transport emissions while making up just 5% of the vehicles on the road. The Commission will propose the EU's first-ever CO2 standards for trucks on 16 May. It has already indicated that it is looking at an interim target for 2025 to be followed by a stricter one in 2030.
The auto industry has already reacted that it would welcome the introduction of CO2 standards for trucks and that a “realistic ambition level would be a 16% tail-pipe CO2 reduction between 2019 and 2030, with an intermediate target of 7% in 2025”. The EU wants to curb greenhouse gas emissions from transport as part of a drive to cut emissions by at least 40% below 1990 levels by 2030.