Written by Gregor Erbach (2nd edition, updated on 13.12.2018),
In May 2018, the Commission proposed a regulation setting the first-ever CO2 emission performance standards for new heavy-duty vehicles in the EU, as part of the third mobility package. It would require the average CO2 emissions from new trucks in 2025 to be 15 % lower than in 2019. For 2030, the proposal sets an indicative reduction target of at least 30 % compared to 2019. Special incentives are provided for zero- and low-emission vehicles. The proposed regulation applies to four categories of large trucks, which together account for 65 %-70 % of CO2 emissions from heavy-duty vehicles. The Commission proposes to review the legislation in 2022 in order to set a binding target for 2030, and to extend its application to smaller trucks, buses, coaches and trailers.
Heavy-duty vehicles are responsible for around a quarter of CO2 emissions from road transport in the EU. Without further action, their emissions are expected to grow due to increasing road transport volumes.
In the European Parliament, the proposal was referred to the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, which adopted its report on 18 October 2018. Parliament voted on the report on 14 November 2018 and gave a mandate for trilogue negotiations, which can start as soon as the Council has adopted its position.
- December 2018: ‘CO2 emission standards for heavy-duty vehicles‘ (2nd edition)
|Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council setting CO2 emission performance standards for new heavy-duty vehicles|
|Committee responsible:||Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI)||COM(2018) 284
|Rapporteur:||Bas Eickhout (Greens/EFA, the Netherlands)||2018/0143(COD)|
|Christofer Fjellner (EPP, Sweden)
Damiano Zoffoli (S&D, Italy)
Nils Torvalds (ALDE, Finland)
Stefan Eck (GUE/NGL, Germany)
Joëlle Mélin (ENF, France)
|Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)|
|Next steps expected:||Trilogue negotiations|