CO₂ emission performance standards and reporting obligations for new heavy-duty vehicles

Briefing 16-11-2023

Road transport is a major contributor to climate change. CO2 emissions from heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs) have grown steadily, and account for over a quarter of road transport CO2 emissions. On 14 February 2023, the European Commission tabled a legislative proposal to revise Regulation (EU) 2019/1242 setting CO2 emission standards for new HDVs in the EU. The proposed revision would expand the scope of the regulation to include urban buses, coaches, trailers and additional types of lorries. The average CO2 emissions of HDVs, compared with 2019 levels, would have to fall by 45 % from 2030, by 65 % from 2035, and by 90 % from 2040 onwards. The proposal targets 100 % of newly registered urban buses to be zero-emission vehicles from 2030. In the European Parliament, the proposal has been referred to the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. The plenary vote on the committee's report is scheduled for the November II 2023 session, enabling the start of negotiations with the Council. Second edition. The 'EU Legislation in Progress' briefings are updated at key stages throughout the legislative procedure.