Cutting emissions: EU Council adopts CO2 standards for trucks

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Trucks on Europe’s roads will be cleaner from 2025. The Council today adopted Europe’s first-ever CO2 emission standards for trucks and other heavy-duty vehicles. Under the new rules, manufacturers will be required to cut carbon dioxide emissions from new trucks on average by 15% from 2025 and by 30% from 2030, compared with 2019 levels.

”These new rules represent a crucial step towards the decarbonisation and modernisation of Europe’s road transport. This will benefit citizens, help us protect the environment and reach our climate goals, as well as support the long-term competitiveness of the transport sector,” says Graţiela Gavrilescu, Romanian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Environment.

Those targets are binding, and truck manufacturers which do not comply will have to pay a financial penalty in the form of an excess emissions premium.

In addition, specific measures will ensure the availability of robust and reliable data. Data will be obtained through on-board devices which monitor the actual fuel and energy consumption of heavy-duty vehicles.

The Commission presented the proposal on this new regulation on 17 May 2018.

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