Strategy to reduce CO2 exhaust from lorries released by European Commission

The European Commission released a strategy to reduce the CO2 exhaust from lorries, which are responsible for around one quarter of road transport emissions.

While CO2 emissions from cars and vans have fallen over the past few decades, they have remained stagnant for heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs). The EU strategy focuses on measurement and reporting mechanisms for HDV emissions, including a long-awaited computer simulation tool, VECTO, which is still in its pilot phase. The strategy is expected to lead to regulatory proposals next year requiring CO2 emissions from new HDVs to be reported and monitored.

Lorries account for some 6% of total EU CO2 emissions, after they rose by some 36% between 1990 and 2010.

Environmental campaigners greeted the strategy as a first step towards reducing CO2 emissions from lorries but called for specific fuel economy standards, particularly for HDVs used for long-haul transportation, which account for the largest emissions share.


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