The European Parliament and the Council reached a provisional agreement on a regulation to instigate for the first time in the EU strict CO2 emission standards for trucks, the European Commission (EC) announced on Monday.
Under Monday's agreement, emissions from new trucks will have to be 30 percent lower in 2030 compared to those in 2019, the Commission said.
The deal follows the agreement reached in December last year on new CO2 emission standards for cars and light vans in the EU for the period after 2020, the EC noted.
“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 percent by 2030,' Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Canete, was quoted as saying.
'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,” he added.
The EC noted the new legislation will help member states' emission targets, incentivize innovation, promote clean mobility solutions, strengthen the competitiveness of the EU 's industry and stimulate employment, while reducing fuel consumption costs for transport operators and contributing to better air quality.
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, according to the Commission.
By Ebru Sengul