European commercial vehicle manufacturers are developing an evaluation tool to calculate real-life CO2 emissions from trucks and buses ahead of purchase.

The initiative marks a step in realising the commercial vehicle industry's ‘Vision 2020', announced in Hanover in 2008, pledging to further reduce CO2 emissions by 20% in ten years time.

"Our industry fully supports the common objective to reduce CO2 emissions, and by sharing our expertise with the market as well as with policy makers, we will arrive at ambitious results", said chairman of the Commercial Vehicle Board of ACEA and President & CEO of Volvo Group Leif Johansson.

"It is important that legislators support our efforts with a policy approach that matches the reality of commercial goods and passenger transport. Measures should, furthermore, be globally harmonised. Our industry operates globally, and climate change is also a global challenge."

The CO2 evaluation tool will help their customers to choose the most fuel-efficient vehicle specification, involving issues such as engine-gearbox combination, aerodynamic features and tyre specification.