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EU targets carbon neutrality with CO2 restrictions for trucks


The European Union is introducing restrictions on carbon emissions from new trucks as part of its goal of achieving carbon neutrality.
The regulation, approved by the European Parliament and Council, requires new trucks to have 30% lower emissions in 2030 compared to 2019.

The rules now need to be ratified by national legislators in coming months, at which point it would enter into force.

“The new legislation will help Member States’ emission targets, incentivise innovation, promote clean mobility solutions, strengthen the competitiveness of EU industry and stimulate employment, while reducing fuel consumption costs for transport operators and contributing to better air quality,” said the EU in a statement.

With heavy duty vehicles producing around a quarter of CO2 emissions from road transport in the EU and around 6% of the EU’s total CO2 emissions, the EU expects the regulation to cut 54 million tonnes of CO2 emissions between 2020 and 2030.

As part of the 2016 Paris climate change agreement, the EU aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030 compared to 1990 levels. It also aims for zero emissions from 2050 onwards.

Miguel Arias Cañete, EU commissioner for climate action and energy, said what he called the “ambitious and balanced agreement” provided a legal framework for its targets.

“The new targets and incentives will help tackle emissions, as well as bring fuel savings to transport operators and cleaner air for all Europeans,” said Cañete. “For the EU industry, this is an opportunity to embrace innovation towards zero-emission mobility and further strengthen its global leadership in clean vehicles.”

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