European climate groups say the EU needs stricter truck CO2 targets

File Photo: On February 8, 2021, on the A5 highway near Fulda, Germany, a truck can be seen caught in a traffic jam after a heavy snowfall. REUTERS / Kai Pfaffenbach October 10, 2021

By Nick Carey (Reuters) – The European Union needs to dramatically strengthen truck makers’ CO2 targets to facilitate the transition to a zero-emission model, the European Campaign Group’s Transport Environment (T & E) said Monday. Said to.

In a study entitled “Easy Ride: Why EU Truck CO2 Targets Are Not Suitable for the 2020s,” the Climate Group found that improved aerodynamics and fuel efficiency help truck makers achieve EU 2025 CO2 targets. , Some zero-emission long-distance trucks. The study also found that most truck manufacturers are already voluntarily working to sell electric vehicles that exceed EU requirements. “Truck makers can obviously quickly decarbonize,” Lucien Mathieu, T & E’s acting cargo director, said in a statement. “It’s time to make them.”

Current EU regulations set a voluntary goal for truck makers to have zero-emission vehicles account for 2% of sales after 2025. The EU is expected to revise that goal. Based on the voluntary efforts of truck manufacturers, T & E predicts that zero-emission trucks will account for 7% of sales in 2025 and 43% in 2030.

T & E said this shows that the EU can set a realistic “but more ambitious” goal that at least 30% of sales will be zero-emission trucks by 2028. The study found that Swedish truck maker Scania, which is part of Traton SE, Volkswagen AG’s commercial vehicle division, is the market leader. CO2 emissions are 5.3% below the average for the most common types of long haul trucks, largely due to aerodynamics.

Italian-American CNH Industrial truck and bus businesses Renault and Iveco are both lagging behind, with emissions above average 2.6% and 2.4%, respectively. (Report by Nick Carrie, edited by Francis Kelly) European climate groups say the EU needs stricter truck CO2 targets

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