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Cutting CO2 emissions from commercial vehicles: Can the Institutions get the Compromises right

  • Renaissance Brussels Hotel Rue du Parnasse 19 1050, Brussels Belgium (map)

On 6 December 2018, decision makers and stakeholders debated in Brussels the adequate timeframe of the implementation and the right level of ambition of the proposed legislation to regulate CO2 emissions from commercial vehicles.

The event, organised by the Forum for Mobility & Society, took place a few months after the European Commission came forward with a proposal to reduce CO2 emissions from heavy-duty vehicles as part of its “’Europe on the Move” legislative package.

Matthias Maedge, IRU General Delegate Permanent Delegation to the EU, gave the keynote speech highlighting that a cross-sectoral approach is needed in order to tackle decarbonisation of commercial vehicles in a cost-effective way. Mr Maedge also called for emission standards adequately balancing feasibility and level of ambition.

A panel debate followed with Alexandre Paquot speaking on behalf of DG CLIMA, Bastiaan Hassing from the Dutch Permanent Representation to the EU, James Nix from Transport & Environment, Thomas Fabian from ACEA and Benjamin Krieger from CLEPA. All speakers agreed that action on the matter is required from all sectors, especially to safeguard clean mobility. In the Council, despite having a lot of disagreement between Member States on the target’s level of ambition and the different incentive methods, there is an overall willingness to quickly reach an agreement.

In his concluding remarks, Shinichiro Oka, Director General at JAMA Europe, invited stakeholders to continue discussing the topic, while keeping in mind balanced CO2 emission reduction targets, and having an environmental performance as the ultimate objective.

The panel event, which was followed by a Christmas Cocktail Reception, took place at the Renaissance Brussels Hotel and attracted the attention of key decision-makers, industry representatives and civil society organisations.

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