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EU Council sets a 45% emissions reduction target for heavy-duty vehicles

The Council of the European Union has reached an agreement on a proposal to update CO2 emission standards for heavy-duty vehicles in the EU, introducing a 45% emissions reduction target for 2030 (compared to 30% previously), 65% for 2035 and 90% for 2040. In addition, the proposed amendment introduces  100% zero-emission target for urban buses by 2035, while setting an intermediate target of 85% for this category by 2030. The regulation now covers almost all new heavy-duty vehicles with certified CO2 emissions, including smaller trucks, urban buses, coaches, and trailers. Some exemptions are allowed for specific vehicle types and purposes.

The Commission will review the regulation's effectiveness and impact in 2027, considering factors such as recharging infrastructure and a carbon correction factor in the transition to zero-emission mobility. The Council's agreement serves as a mandate for negotiations with the European Parliament, and the final legislation will be adopted after these negotiations. This proposal aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the heavy-duty vehicle sector and align with the EU's climate goals.

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