Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) recently adopted a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from new heavy-duty trucks by 20 percent by 2025, and 35 percent by 2030.
Manufacturers will also have to make sure vehicles with low and no emissions make up 5 percent of all sales by 2025, and 20 percent by 2030.
“We are regulating the CO2 emissions of heavy-duty vehicles for the first time in European history. The sector is growing fast and so are its emissions,” said Bas Eickhout, an MEP rapporteur. “We also need to prepare for new [technologies], and this is why we are proposing this zero- and low-emission mandate, to push the market into new technologies.”
A 2016 EU study showed that heavy-duty trucks produce 27 percent of all road transport CO2 emissions. Also, truck emissions, due to increased freight traffic, have increased by 25 percent since 1990.
Source: European Parliament