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EU signs new CO2 emission restrictions for commercial vans
Jan 15, 2014

Road transport contributes about one-fifth of the EU’s total emissions of CO2, the main greenhouse gas. CO2 emissions from road transport have increased by nearly 23 per cent between 1990 and 2010. Thus the European Parliament has signed new carbon dioxide restrictions for commercial vans that will slash emissions by 28 per cent from 2020. Under the rules, all new light commercial vehicles sold across the European Union will emit a maximum 147 grammes of carbon dioxide per kilometre instead of 203 grammes as per the level set in 2007.

Vans account for 12 per cent of the European market for light-duty vehicles, which together are responsible for 1.5 per cent of total EU CO2 emissions. Light vans have a longer lifespan than passenger cars and weigh up to 2.61 tonnes empty and 3.5 tonnes when laden.

European lawmakers next month will vote on a similar scheme to limit carbon dioxide emissions in new passenger cars.

Next in line are heavy-duty vehicles such as trucks and buses and the EC is working on new regulations for both the freight and transport sectors.

The EC says trucks and buses are responsible for about a quarter of CO2 emissions from road transport in the EU and for some six per cent of total EU emissions.

Despite some improvements in fuel consumption efficiency in recent years, HDV emissions are still rising, mainly due to increasing road freight traffic.


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