Curbing CO2 emissions from trucks

The European Commission is announcing today (20 July) that it will propose the first EU-wide legal CO2 standard for trucks by 2019.

Unlike for cars, there is currently no binding EU-wide cap on CO2 emissions from trucks. But the Commission is considering introducing one in the coming years.

Road transport in the European Union produced over 845,000 tonnes of CO2 in 2014.

Trucks account for about a quarter of CO2 emissions from road transport in Europe, even though they only make up less than 5% of total road traffic.

In 2014, reported emissions from heavy-duty vehicles (HDV) were 13% above 1990 levels.

Road transport is becoming more popular. 74.9% of all freight shipped in Europe is sent over land.

In 2011, the Commission announced its goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transport to 60% below 1990 levels by 2050.

The executive estimates that new technologies could reduce emissions from trucks by at least 30%. But emissions have remained the same since the early 2000s, because there are more vehicles on the road.

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