An agreement has been reached in the European Parliament to reduce emissions for lorries in the 28 member countries.
Changes to emissions targets in EU countries will come after a deal was reached between MEPs and the Romanian Presidency of the Council.
It means that fleet operators and manufacturers are now bound by an agreement to ensure their lorries, HGVs and suchlike cut their CO2 emissions by 30% by 2030.
This includes an intermediate target of 15% reductions by 2025.
Although Brexit is on the horizon – though the shape of that is still very much unknown – these targets agreed in the European Parliament will still matter for British manufacturers and fleet operators because their trucks will still need to deliver goods to and from EU countries.
In a wider context, the commitment to reducing pollution mirrors that of the British government, who have put in place policies to clean up air pollution.
This commitment has been emphasised by the legislation from the European Parliament, which is the first ever regulation on CO2 emissions for lorries in the EU – in itself, this represents a huge step.
Elsewhere, manufacturers must ensure that zero and low emission vehicles represent a 2% market share of sales of new vehicles by 2025; the aim is that this will incentivise manufacturers to invest in greener and cleaner alternatives to the current options of diesel trucks.
Bas Eickhout, (Greens/EFA, NL) rapporteur, commented: “The regulation now goes further than the original proposed by the European Commission and will help to reduce pollution on our roads and to improve air quality.
“Cleaner engines can create a cleaner climate and future-proof jobs. It’s time for EU Member States to pull the brake on their short-sighted support for the combustion engine and instead encourage the development of greener alternatives that, in the end, will also benefit the industry.”
New targets for 2030 and beyond will be proposed by the European Commission in 2022, in line with the Paris Agreement.