Businesses in Europe have joined forces to demand ambitious carbon emissions targets for trucks.
Companies including the likes of Carrefour, Ikea, Nestlé and Unilever have also called for the introduction of fixed goals for sales of zero-emission freight vehicles.
The businesses want to see a 24% drop in trucks’ fuel consumption over the next six years. They argue this will help the EU stay on track for its Paris climate agreement commitments – cutting transport emissions to zero by 2050.
In a letter to the European Commission, the companies stated: “If Europe wants to deliver on its Paris commitments and own 2030 targets, transport and truck emissions need to be curbed urgently.”
Describing vehicles as “Europe’s biggest climate problem,” the businesses make the point that trucks account for one quarter of road transport carbon emissions. Their aim is to see better trucks at cheaper prices, more efficient truck technology and lower transport costs.
In the letter, they argue that tougher EU regulation would help Europe keep up with the US, China and Japan, where manufacturers are taking more innovative approaches to truck emission regulations.
Many freight companies have already committed to reducing their carbon emissions. What we now need is “a stronger supply of zero emission trucks.”
It sounds like the technology is in place, but supply is currently limited and overpriced.
What do you think? Are these demands realistic?