Four months ago, the European Commission published it proposal to start regulating the CO2 emissions of trucks. The proposal set out a 15% cut in CO2 emissions from trucks by 2025 and a 30% cut by 2030.
Since then, EU legislators have been at loggerheads with the truck industry, member state governments, environmental groups and others in the community.
For some, the proposed cuts don’t go far enough and fail to meet the EU’s wider climate change targets.
But from an industry perspective, the European Commission’s assessment is fundamentally flawed and the reductions are unrealistic. For example, the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) suggests a 7% reduction by 2025.
It’s in the industry’s best interests that this proposal makes its way into law smoothly. After all, the more efficient that process, the more confidence the industry will have regarding future development plans and investment opportunities.
However, I suspect it might take a while before all parties are in agreement. At least it seems that everyone agrees on one thing – CO2 emissions must be reduced.
Clearly, the European Commission is not going to be able to keep everyone happy, but do you think their proposed targets are realistic?