The EU wants to reduce CO2 emissions, and has set its sights on truck emissions to achieve that goal. As a result, from 1 January 2019 manufacturers will have to declare the CO2 emissions and fuel consumption levels on new trucks.
It will come as little surprise that the European Commission has targeted heavy-duty vehicles. Around 25% of CO2 road emissions are produced by lorries, buses and coaches – a figure that will continue to rise if no action is taken.
The EU has a target of reducing CO2 transport emissions by 60% by 2050, so effective measures to reduce all vehicle emissions are needed.
Until now, legislative methods for measuring CO2 emissions have been relatively disjointed. This has meant it’s been virtually impossible to compare vehicle performance or introduce more energy-efficient vehicles.
Under the new regulations, a simulation tool – known as the vehicle energy consumption calculation tool (VECTO) – will measure and declare unique data for each newly-produced vehicle, increasing transparency surrounding heavy-duty vehicle fuel consumption across Europe.
Environmental consciousness is something that polarises truck drivers and trucking companies, but it’s not going away. Whether we like it or not, we’re all headed for a ‘greener’, more sustainable future.