EU governments must step back from irreparably weakening Europe’s biggest climate law, six of Europe’s leading environmental NGOs have said, after talks between member states and the European Parliament ended in deadlock this week. The proposed Effort Sharing Regulation sets binding national emission reduction targets for the 2021-2030 period, but governments are insistent on loopholes that would actually result in hundreds of millions of tonnes in additional CO2 emissions.
Last week I was in Munich for the so-called LKW-Gipfel; a summit of Europe’s truck industry executives. The Gipfel had an impressive line up. But before the CEOs of MAN, IVECO, Volvo and Scania delivered their keynotes, Matthias Wissmann, the German automotive industry’s (VDA) chief lobbyist, was given the stage.
Efforts to position electrofuels as the great hope to decarbonise road transport received a blow with findings that the synthetic fuel is neither an efficient or a cost-effective solution for cars and trucks.
The days of time-based charges for heavy-goods vehicles may be numbered after it emerged that two more EU member countries are close to introducing distance-based charging schemes for heavy goods vehicles. The Netherlands and Bulgaria plan to introduce distance-based charging, and the timing could be important for the future of truck charging in Europe.
A report by two respected climate scientists says the EU’s plans for natural gas as an energy source are incompatible with its commitment to the 2015 Paris climate accord. The report’s authors say Europe has just nine years left to burn fossil fuels at the current rate if global temperatures are to stay below a 2°C increase.
Electrofuels are neither an efficient or a cost-effective solution to decarbonise road transport, a new independent study has found. The study, conducted by consultancy Cerulogy for NGO Transport & Environment (T&E), concludes that e-fuels could supply a limited amount of aviation's growing energy needs but only if the electricity comes from new renewable sources with strict sustainability criteria. T&E said the EU must ensure only e-fuels produced from renewables, such as wind and solar, can be eligible under the advanced fuels target and that it should adopt measures to avoid double counting of renewable electricity under the Renewable Energy Directive.
Truckmakers should have to disclose data about their vehicles’ fuel efficiency, including aerodynamic performance, engine efficiency and rolling resistance, hauliers from across Europe and logistics giant Schenker France SAS have said. This is essential to provide more transparency in the sector and create competition and reliability, the groups said in a letter to the EU climate and industry commissioners that was co-signed with sustainable transport group Transport & Environment (T&E). 
As the European Parliament and national governments discuss amendments to the proposed EU directive on monitoring and reporting truck CO2 emissions, T&E joined a coalition of eight hauliers' associations and French logistics company Schenker France in a letter (downloadable below) calling for the proposal to be strengthened as follows.
Greenhouse gas emissions from trucks and buses in Europe could be completely eliminated by 2050, a new in-depth study by T&E has found. However, this requires the EU to set ambitious CO2 standards for trucks, increase the share of rail freight and embrace new truck technologies based on renewable electricity, according to the report launched this week at the Mission of Norway to the EU in Brussels.
Trucks could be up to 18% more fuel efficient and save hauliers €5,700 a year by using technology that is already available, a new report by sustainable transport group Transport & Environment (T&E) shows. However, market forces are not driving uptake of the technologies with, for example, turbocompounding delivering a 3% fuel saving but only being installed in 0.24% of European trucks – despite having being on the market for 15 years.