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EC reveals truck CO2 emissions plan

  • 23 May 2014
  • By Ashleigh Wight

The European Commission (EC) wants to introduce legislation that would require the certification of CO2 emissions for new commercial vehicles.

The EC has proposed the introduction of a system that would require CO2 emissions for all vehicles over 3.5 tonnes to be reported and monitored.  If the legislation is approved the EC hopes to set CO2 limits based on the results.

The reporting system would cover trucks, buses and coaches, its Strategy for reducing Heavy-Duty Vehicles’ fuel consumption and CO2 emissions report said.

A similar process is already in place for the car and van markets.

The EC said reducing emissions for large vehicles has so far been difficult because of the variety of models and sizes of vehicle available, which are often customised for different markets.

To certify the emissions, the EC says it has developed a computer simulation tool to measure emissions and fuel consumption for each individual vehicle.

Climate action commissioner Connie Hedegaard said: “This strategy outlines new measures which over time will cut CO2 emissions of these vehicles, save operators money and make the EU less dependent on imported oil.

“We first regulated cars and vans, and we can now see the results: emissions have been reduced, air pollution in cities is in decline, and more innovative, fuel-efficient vehicles are now available to consumers.”


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