Clean and energy-efficient road transport vehicles

The EESC endorses the rationale for the Clean Vehicles Directive – as part of the Clean Mobility Package – although it will have only a small impact compared to the general efforts needed to achieve the EU’s climate objectives and in particular the decarbonisation of transport, since this directive is limited to public procurement only.


The EESC doubts, in view of the uncertainties about emission thresholds, that the transition period until 2025 will really help to bridge the technology gap until zero emissions at tail-pipe becomes broadly available. As a consequence, procurements might either be greatly delayed or even accelerated, but with old technology, which would then block possible future investments into new zero emission technology.


The EESC concludes that the main obstacle to the modernisation of public transport and the public procurement of clean vehicles is the lack of financial support and urges the Commission to reconsider the present proposal with a focus on financing, in particular by taking into account existing instruments.


These are amongst the main messages of the EESC opinion on the “Clean and energy-efficient road transport vehicles”, adopted at the EESC Plenary session on 19 April 2018. You will find the full text of the opinion in all language versions, as well as additional information, via this link:


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