EU: reducing CO2 emissions from heavy-duty vehicles
The European Union reported that CO2 emissions from heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs) rose by some 36% between 1990 and 2010. Projections indicate that, without policy action, total HDV emissions would still be close to current levels in 2030 and 2050. This is incompatible with the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transport by around 60% below 1990 levels by 2050.
The European Commission has therefore set out a strategy to curb CO2 emissions from HDVs over the coming years. The commission has developed a computer simulation tool known as Vecto to measure CO2 emissions from new vehicles.
In 2015, the commission intends to propose legislation which would require CO2 emissions from new HDVs to be certified, reported and monitored with the tool's support. Further measures in the medium term are to set mandatory limits on average CO2 emissions from newly-registered HDVs, the development of modern infrastructure supporting alternative fuels for HDVs and smarter pricing for infrastructure usage. (ben)