New EU CO2 emission standards. Stay tuned, trucking companies

Luc Williams

CO2 emissions from large trucks (including specialized vehicles such as garbage trucks, dump trucks or concrete mixers) and buses will have to be reduced by 45%. in the years 2030-2034, 65 percent in the years 2035-2039 and 90 percent from 2040. By 2030, new city buses will have to reduce emissions by 90%, and by 2035 they will become zero-emission vehicles. Emission reduction targets have also been set for trailers (7.5%) and semi-trailers (10%) from 2030.

This is key to achieving our climate goals

By 2027, the European Commission is to conduct a detailed review of the effectiveness and impact of the new rules.

“The transition to zero-emission trucks and buses is not only the key to achieving our climate goals, but also an important factor contributing to cleaner air in our cities,” argued the project's rapporteur, Bas Eickhout from the Green Party, after the vote.

This enthusiasm was not shared by PiS MEP Kosma Złotowski, who emphasized in the debate that “the EU's climate ambitions have a specific price, which ultimately will not be paid by Commission officials or climate activists.”

“The new emission standards for trucks and delivery vehicles are, above all, a cost that may be fatal for small and medium-sized companies forced to replace their fleet,” he predicted.

Before the regulation enters into force, it must be formally approved by the EU Council.

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