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February 19, 2019

EC welcomes tough lorry emissions standards

Strict new EU standards to reduce pollution from lorries by 30% have been welcomed by the European Commission (EC).

By Rhodri Morgan

Strict new EU standards to reduce pollution from lorries by 30% have been welcomed by the European Commission (EC).

The European Parliament and the Council reached provisional agreement on a Regulation setting for the first time in the EU concerning tough CO2 emission standards for trucks.

The deal follows the agreement reached in December on new CO2 emission standards for cars and light vans in the EU for the period after 2020.

“As part of the sets of legislative proposals on clean mobility introduced by the Juncker Commission, it is a further stepping stone for modernising the European mobility sector and preparing it for climate neutrality in the second half of the century,” noted an EC statement.

In the agreement, emissions from new lorries will have to be 30% lower in 2030 compared to 2019 emissions.

“With the first-ever EU emission standards for trucks agreed, we are completing the legal framework to reach the European target of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% by 2030,” said Climate Action and Energy Commissioner, Miguel Arias Cañete.

“The European Parliament and Council have reached an ambitious and balanced agreement. The new targets and incentives will help tackle emissions, as well as bring fuel savings to transport operators and cleaner air for all Europeans.

“For the EU industry, this is an opportunity to embrace innovation towards zero-emission mobility and further strengthen its global leadership in clean vehicles.” 

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