The EUROCITIES Statement on CO2 emission performance standards for new heavy-duty vehicles is now out.
Heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs) have a total fleet share of 5% and yet are responsible for 27% of CO2 emissions from road transport in the EU. These emissions are set to grow a further 9% between 2010 and 2030 due to an increase in freight activity, hindering the ability of the EU to meet its commitments under the Paris Agreement.
If this challenge is not adequately addressed, the efforts of city authorities to achieve climate and air quality objectives through the procurement of clean vehicle fleets will be undermined. EUROCITIES therefore calls for the broadest scope of vehicle categories to be included, ambitious and binding CO2 reduction targets and an overhaul of the incentive methodology for zero- and low-emission vehicles.