The Spanish Secretary of State for the Environment, Hugo Moran, said today that Spain will defend a binding reduction of CO2 emissions from trucks of thirty percent in 2030 in the European Union (EU), although he assured that the priority is that Member States reach an agreement on the matter.
"If there is enough capacity to establish an objective and that it is binding by 2030, perfect, if there was not that capacity, I think the reasonable thing is to propose that the agreement be produced and have a roadmap already marked," he said. his arrival to a Council of Community Environment Ministers, in which they will address this issue.
Morán explained that there are "two clear positions" between the countries: "More or less no one raises a substantial difference as to what the objective is, the difference that arises is whether the objective should be binding or not."
However, he pointed out that with respect to the 2030 target, "between almost all countries, there is a general agreement that moves around 30%," he added.
The EU is now addressing the emissions limit of trucks after reaching a political agreement this week to reduce CO2 emissions by 37.5% for new cars by 2030 and by 31% for vans with respect to 2021, scales that timidly celebrated the ecologists but that criticized with hardness the industry of the automobile when considering them too demanding.
Moran insisted that "the substantial thing" for Spain is "that there is an agreement, not to convert at this time a specific element of position of any of the countries in a process that today makes the adoption of an agreement difficult".
He considered that there is "quite unanimity in the 2025 objective" and that "it would be reasonable for us to be able to establish an objective by 2030 taking into account that we mark a possibility of revision in the year 2022".
The Spanish Secretary of State trusted that there is "will on both sides", those who want a binding objective and those who do not, and that "an intermediate space" is achieved in a way that avoids "summoning a future round to be able to take forward an agreement. "
"The reasonable thing is that the objectives set by the EU are binding, but, regardless of the fact that they are binding or not, the important thing in this case is to launch a roadmap that gives certainty to the sector," he emphasized.
Regarding the political agreement already reached for cars and trucks, he stressed that it has been "a considerable effort" and affirmed that "it would not be reasonable for us to leave an important part of mobility off the hook, in this part the transport of goods by road" represented by the trucks.