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Commission welcomes first-ever EU standards to reduce pollution from trucks

The European Parliament and the Council have reached a provisional agreement on a Regulation setting, for the first time in the EU, strict carbon dioxide (CO2) emission standards for trucks. The deal which as reached on February 18, 2019, follows the agreement reached in December on new CO2 emission standards for cars and light vans in the EU for the period after 2020. Under the agreement, emissions from new trucks will have to be 30 percent lower in 2030 compared to the 2019 emissions.

A Volvo Trucks electric powertrain showcased in August 2018 at the Elmia Lastbil trucking trade show in Jönköping, Sweden.

On February 18, 2019, the European Parliament and the European Council reached a provisional agreement on a Regulation setting, for the first time in the EU, strict carbon dioxide (CO2) emission standards for trucks. Under the agreement, emissions from new trucks will have to be 30 percent lower in 2030 compared to the 2019 emissions.

The provisional agreement is part of the sets of legislative proposals on clean mobility introduced by the Juncker Commission and a further stepping stone for modernising the European mobility sector preparing it for climate neutrality in the second half of the century.

According to the Commission, 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.

With the first-ever EU emission standards for trucks agreed, we are completing the legal framework to reach the European target of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% by 2030. The European Parliament and Council have reached an ambitious and balanced agreement. The new targets and incentives will help tackle emissions, as well as bring fuel savings to transport operators and cleaner air for all Europeans. For the EU industry, this is an opportunity to embrace innovation towards zero-emission mobility and further strengthen its global leadership in clean vehicles, said Miguel Arias Cañete Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy.

Tackling emissions from road transport is a key building block of the EU’s efforts to achieve its target to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by at least 40 percent by 2030 compared to 1990 levels. The CO2 emission standards for trucks complete the EU’s economy-wide legislative framework for achieving this target.

They are part of the EU’s contribution to fighting climate change under the Paris Agreement and the Juncker Commission’s priority of a resilient Energy Union and a forward-looking climate change policy.

Following this provisional political agreement, the text of the Regulation will have to be formally approved by the European Parliament and the Council. Once endorsed by both co-legislators in the coming months, the Regulation will be published in the Official Journal of the Union and will immediately enter into force.

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