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The long-awaited announcement regarding CO2 reduction targets for trucks has been announced by the European environmental committee.

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The committee has a plan to reduce CO2 from heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) by 35% by 2035, with a mid-way goal of 20% planned for 2025. This is a more ambitious target than the suggestion of 30% reductions, with a goal of 15% by 2025.

The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) has expressed its serious concerns on the vote.

“Europe’s truck industry is willing to commit to ambitious CO2 targets, provided that these are technologically and economically viable in the given timeframe,” stated ACEA Secretary General, Erik Jonnaert. However, the extremely stringent CO2 reduction levels for 2025 and 2030 that MEPs voted on today go even beyond the Commission’s proposal, which was already highly challenging.

“These targets would pose major problems, as they simply do not take account of the realities and complexities of the truck market, nor the long development cycles for heavy-duty vehicles,” Jonnaert explained. “MEPs should be aware that trucks that will hit the market in 2025 are already under development now.”

The committee also went beyond what the commission asked regarding electrification, asking for 20% of all trucks sold in the EU to be either electric or hybrid by 2030. By 2025, they also asked for an intermediary target of 5%.

According to ACEA, MEPs have voted to transform this into a benchmark system, setting a CO2 ‘malus’ for manufacturers who fail to reach totally unrealistic zero- and low- emission vehicles sales targets. “This does not take account of the fact that the electrification potential of heavy-duty vehicles is much lower than for cars, especially when it comes to long-haul delivery trucks. In addition, recharging infrastructure is lacking, in particular along motorways,” Jonnaert said.

The full House is to vote on the report during November’s plenary session in Strasbourg.

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