Europe’s CO2 emission reduction targets have been a long time in negotiation and having regulated cars and vans, the European Commission is turning to trucks.
Heavy Goods Vehicle manufacturers will need to cut new vehicle CO2 emissions by 15% by 2025 and 30% by 2030. In addition, by 2025, 2% of new trucks must be zero or low-emission – however, just now it is not clear how this can be achieved with hardly any infrastructure in place.
These targets are highly demanding, especially as their implementation does not depend solely on the commercial vehicle industry and the baseline for the targets is still unknown.
Recently, DEFRA published its statistical release for emission of air pollutants in the UK from 1970 to 2017, which makes for some interesting reading.
Overall emissions of NOx have fallen by 72% since 1970, while from road transport, annual emissions fell 25% between 2010 and 2017. Between 2016 and 2017, NOx emission from road transport fell from 49% to 32% respectively.
In addition, the transport sector used to emit the most particulate matter (PM) but technological improvements now mean that domestic combustion is the major source, with 27% and 41% of PM10 and PM2.5 respectively, highlighting the great effort and investment that has gone into reducing emissions in our industry.