Campaigners are urging the UK Government to support EU plans to introduce carbon dioxide standards and emission reduction targets for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) regardless of Britain’s decision to leave the European Union.
The European Commission recommendations, which are outlined in its European Strategy for Low Emission Mobility published today (20 July), aim to bring HGVs into line with cars and vans and reduce carbon dioxide emissions from road transport. Campaign group Freight on Rail believes it is vital for the UK to implement similar measures to meet its climate change targets.
Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail Manager, said: ‘UK targets to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from transport will simply not be met without tackling emissions from HGVs, so the Government must not abandon its support for EU standards. Carbon dioxide standards and reduction targets for HGVs are long over-due as truck manufacturers have failed to significantly improve truck efficiency of their own accord over the last two decades. Standards for cars and vans have been proven to work and now it’s the turn of the road haulage industry to clean up its act.’
The UK Government is committed to reducing carbon dioxide emissions by at least 80 per cent on 1990 levels by 2050. As part of this initiative, the Department for Transport is conducting a freight carbon review and has stated its support for the European Commission VECTO project to record truck emissions.