DG CLIMA Consultation on HDV fuel consumption and CO2 emissions
Earlier this year the European Commission launched this consultation to collect the views of stakeholders and citizens with regard to the preparation of legislation on monitoring and reporting of Heavy-Duty Vehicle fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, due to close on October 28, 2016.
The consultation follows the July 2016 Strategy for low-emission mobility puts the emphasis on low-emission mobility as an essential component of the broader shift to low-carbon, circular economy needed for Europe to stay competitive and be able to cater to the mobility needs of people and goods.
The July 2016 Strategy on low-emission mobility furthermore announces that the EU will also need to introduce measures to actively curb carbon dioxide emissions from lorries, buses and coaches.
The Commission will, therefore, launch a public consultation to prepare the ground for a proposal in this mandate. Tackling emissions from HDV interacts with several other overarching policies including: energy security (lower CO2 emissions meaning less fuel consumption and therefore reduced imports of fossil fuels); air quality (lower fuel consumption meaning fewer emissions of other pollutants); innovation and competitiveness (requirement for improved vehicle efficiency creating research and development into better technologies which enhances the EU’s international industrial competitiveness).
The purpose of this questionnaire is twofold.
- Part A addresses the preparation of the legislation on monitoring and reporting of HDV fuel consumption and CO2 emissions data. This part covers all key areas of the upcoming Impact Assessment. HDV CO2 and fuel efficiency certification legislation is being prepared in parallel.
- Part B offers the first possibility for stakeholders to provide their views and input on the preparation of future standards as announced in the Communication on low-emission mobility.
A further consultation will be launched in due time to discuss the details of options for standards.
Replies are expected to contribute to the analysis, and to the understanding of stakeholders’ views, on the main issues raised.
Source: European Commission
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