EU lawmakers and the German government today reached an agreement that will allow new carbon dioxide (CO2) targets for trucks to enter law.
The Commission, Parliament and Council agreed that the Commission will assess making a proposal to register heavy-duty vehicles running only on e-fuels within the next year.
Under the draft law already agreed between European Union (EU) governments and the Parliament, truckmakers will be required to cut the average emissions of new trucks by 45 per cent in 2030, 65 per cent in 2035 and 90 per cent in 2040.
Following the deal between EU lawmakers and Germany, EU governments today signed off on the targets.
The Parliament needs to give its final approval to the legislation before the end of its mandate, the last step before the regulation enters into law.
Fedor Unterlohner, freight policy manager at Transport & Environment (T&E), stated: “Europe needs to move forward and give clarity to its truck manufacturing industry which is in a race with the US and China.”
“E-fuels are an expensive and massively inefficient diversion from the transformation to electric facing truckmakers. The EU Parliament should ensure the truck CO2 targets enter law without any further delay,” he added.