Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb.19
By Leman Zeynalova – Trend:
First-ever EU emission standards for trucks have been agreed, Trend reports citing a message from the European Commission.
The European Parliament and the Council have reached provisional agreement on a Regulation setting, for the first time in the EU, strict CO2 emission standards for trucks, reads the message.
This deal follows the agreement reached in December on new CO2 emission standards for cars and light vans in the EU for the period after 2020.
“As part of the sets of legislative proposals on clean mobility introduced by the Juncker Commission, it is a further stepping stone for modernizing the European mobility sector and preparing it for climate neutrality in the second half of the century. Under today's agreement, emissions from new trucks will have to be 30 percent lower in 2030 compared to the 2019 emissions,” reads the message.
Reportedly, 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.
Transport represents almost a quarter of Europe's greenhouse gas emissions and is the main cause of air pollution in cities. The transport sector has not seen the same gradual decline in emissions as other sectors: emissions only started to decrease in 2007 and still remain higher than in 1990 (see graph below). Within this sector, road transport is by far the biggest emitter accounting for more than 70 percent of all GHG emissions from transport in 2014.
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