EU adopts regulations to reduce CO2 emissions from heavy-duty vehicles – JURIST

The European Union on Monday approved a law to regulate carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from heavy-duty vehicles to a stricter standard. The EU stated that heavy vehicles are responsible for more than 25 percent of greenhouse gas emissions from road transport in the region.

The regulation proposes several objectives. In addition to maintaining the 2025 emissions reduction target of 15 percent for heavy trucks, the regulation also sets new targets. New targets include reducing emissions from medium trucks, heavy trucks over 7.5 tonnes and commercial vehicles by 65 and 90 percent respectively compared to 2035 and 2040. The regulation also introduces new plans for a zero emissions target for new city buses by 2035. The regulation will be signed and published in the Official Journal of the EU and will be reviewed by the European Commission in 2027.

This move comes as the European Commission adopted a legislative proposal on February 14, 2023 to revise CO2 emissions standards for heavy-duty vehicles. The proposal also required that regulation on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from road transport be a key element of the European Green Deal, which is part of the EU’s commitment to tackle environmental problems. The EU previously said the proposal would help the EU achieve its 2050 climate neutrality target, improve air quality and health and reduce fuel expenditure.

In this context, EU ministers adopted legislation on 28 March 2023 to phase out the sale of new CO2-emitting cars and vans by 2035. The law called for a gradual reduction in eco-innovation credits available to manufacturers and regular reports were issued detailing progress in this area. goals. The EU agreed on October 27, 2022 to introduce new air pollution legislation with stricter CO2 emissions standards for cars and a target to phase out CO2-emitting vehicles by 2035.