COUNCIL OF INTERMODAL SHIPPING CONSULTANTS
ANNO XXXVI - Numero 31 MAGGIO 2018
EU TARGET OF 30% CUT IN TRUCK EMISSIONS BY 2030 'TOO
The EU took a step towards its first CO2 standards for trucks
The commission's proposals aim for a 30% reduction in emissions
by 2030, and it should come as no surprise that industry
representatives describe the move as "far too aggressive".
Reuters reports in full.
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New large trucks in the European Union will have to emit at
least 30 percent less CO2 by 2030 than in 2019 under the bloc's
first ever CO2 standards for trucks proposed on Thursday that the
industry said were "far too aggressive".
The EU currently has no limits on the CO2 produced by trucks,
which account for a quarter of all road transport emissions while
making up just 5 percent of vehicles on the road.
Countries such as the United States, China, Japan and Canada
have already set targets to reduce truck CO2 emissions.
The European Commission has proposed an interim CO2 reduction
target of 15 percent by 2025 for all large trucks compared to 2019
By 2030 trucks will have to emit at least 30 percent less CO2
than in 2019.
Europe's auto lobby ACEA said the reduction levels proposed were
"far too aggressive".
"It would seem as though the Commission has simply taken
the exact CO2 reduction levels it already proposed for cars and
vans, and applied them directly to heavy-duty vehicles, without
fully recognizing the fundamental differences between these vehicle
segments," Erik Jonnaert, ACEA Secretary General, said.
ACEA had lobbied for a 16 percent tail-pipe CO2 reduction
between 2019 and 2030, with an intermediate target of 7 percent in
Large trucks account for around 65-70 percent of all CO2
emissions from heavy-duty vehicles in the EU, which also include
smaller trucks, buses and coaches.
The Commission will conduct a review in 2022 to extend the
standards to other types of heavy-duty vehicles and determine their
target for 2030.
The EU by 2030 wants to cut emissions across all sectors of the
economy by at least 40 percent versus 1990 levels.
Thursday's proposal follows new draft rules on CO2 standards for
"All sectors must contribute to meet our climate
commitments under the Paris Agreement," said Miguel Arias
Canete, EU Commissioner for climate action and energy.
"That's why, for the first time ever, we are proposing EU
standards to increase fuel efficiency and reduce emissions from new
Environmental campaign group Transport & Environment (T&E)
said the proposed targets fell short of what was needed to hit the
EU's own climate goals.
Some EU countries and hauliers had called for a 2025 target of
at least 24 percent and a 2030 target of 34-45 percent.
Stef Cornelis, cleaner trucks officer with T&E, said the
proposed standards mean "a lot of cost-effective clean
technologies won't be fitted to new trucks, which will result in
truckers and the climate missing out on big savings."
The Commission expects its targets to save around 54 million
tonnes of CO2 from 2020 to 2030, equivalent to the total annual
emissions of Sweden.
The proposal will need to be approved by EU governments and the
European Parliament before becoming law.
The Commission also proposed an action plan for the production
of battery cells for electric cars as part of its drive to slash
Europe lags behind countries such as China, South Korea and
Japan in the production of batteries for electric vehicles and the
European car industry has warned that the rush to electric cars
would hand even more business to those countries.
The Commission's measures include support for securing access to
the raw materials needed to build batteries, developing the
necessary skills for the manufacturing processes and investment in
research and innovation for electro-mobility.
(from: theloadstar.co.uk/reuters.com, May 17th 2018)
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