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Policy & Regulation

EU CO2 truck targets leave room for alternatives

The EU has agreed emissions targets that could help boost the number of trucks fuelled by gas and hydrogen, but concerns remain over costs and missing infrastructure The EU has agreed emissions targets that could help boost the number of trucks fuelled by gas and hydrogen, but concerns remain over costs and missing infrastructure.
By Andreas Walstad 21 February 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation 0 33960
HGV being refuelled with LNG at Pontadera, Italy. (Blue Corridors)

The key issue: The EU institutions reached a preliminary agreement on CO2 emission reduction targets for heavy-duty vehicles this week that envisage substantial emission cuts from the sector by 2030.

Interfax analysis: The EU’s new targets for carbon dioxide emissions from the heavy-duty vehicle (HDV) sector are a potential win for natural and renewable gases, mainly because there are serious obstacles to electrifying long-haul transport. However, gas will face competition from more fuel-efficient diesel trucks.

The targets – which are legally binding for truck manufacturers and...