The EU institutions reached an agreement on Tuesday to set a goal of reducing emissions of new trucks by 30% from 2030, with an intermediate target of 15% in 2025, compared to the levels recorded in 2019 The goal is a little shorter than the proposal made by the European Parliament in November, which called for a reduction of 35% in 2030 and 20% in 2025.
It is the first time that the EU has set itself a goal of cutting carbon dioxide emissions (COtwo) for this type of vehicles. In addition, it is a binding goal, so that truck manufacturers that fail to comply will have to face a financial penalty, the EU Council said in a statement.
The agreement also includes a reinforcement of the incentives to boost the manufacture of heavy vehicles with low emissions or zero emissions. However, buses and coaches are excluded from this mechanism because there is already a different incentive system for this type of vehicle.
The Minister of the Environment of Romania, Gratiela Leocadia Gavrilescu, who holds the rotating presidency of the EU this semester, stressed that the agreement closes a "gap" in European environmental legislation and guarantees that the heavy vehicle sector "begins to Do your part "to meet the climate objectives of the community block.
In turn, the head of the negotiation by the European Parliament, the MEP of the Greens Bas Eickhout, has celebrated that the pact goes "further" than the original proposal of the European Commission, but has described as "shameful" that Some countries, such as Germany and others from the east of the bloc, have put "the interest of the industry ahead of the interest of the people" and have "blocked" some "more ambitious" objectives.
"The new objectives and inventiveness will help to cut emissions and achieve fuel savings for transport operators and clean air for all Europeans For European industry, it is an opportunity to embrace innovation towards zero emissions mobility and strengthen his global leadership in clean vehicles, "stressed the Commissioner for Energy and Climate Action, Miguel Arias Cañete.
Emissions from heavy vehicles such as trucks, buses and coaches represent 6% of total CO emissionstwo of the community block and 27% of the emissions of the transport sector. The agreement reached on Tuesday by the negotiators of the European Parliament and the Council of the EU must still be formally adopted by both institutions before entering into force.