MEPs have called for standards of 'direct vision' – attuned to different truck types – to be proposed by the European Commission when it overhauls vehicle safety rules early next year. Direct vision standards will set out the area surrounding a truck cab the driver must be able to see without using mirrors or cameras, thus improving safety for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.
The EU’s first-ever regulation on measuring CO2 emissions from trucks must be tightened to provide greater transparency, say eight haulage companies in a letter to the Commission also signed by T&E. The letter says that without a requirement for more data on engine efficiency ‘a meaningful engine standard will not be possible’.
Road transport is one of the few EU sectors where CO2 emissions continue to grow. To address the problem, the Commission plans to publish its proposals on car and van CO2 standards in November, followed by fuel efficiency standards for trucks in early 2018. Using its new EUTRM model, Transport & Environment has analysed the emission reductions of different ambition levels and their contribution to help achieve the 2030 non-ETS targets required from road transport. The key results are:
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). 
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.
Almost two hundred countries committed to reducing greenhouse gases under the Paris Agreement. Their pledge is to limit the rise in global temperature to less than 2 degrees - and pursue efforts to keep that rise to 1.5 degrees.
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.
This report finds that while there is still plenty of potential to improve truck fuel efficiency, market forces alone will not do the job.
On 31 May 2017, the European Commission published its proposal to review the ‘Eurovignette’ Directive. The Directive defines how Member States of the European Union can charge vehicles for their use of road infrastructure and was conceived to ensure the proper functioning of the EU transport market. Transport accounts for around a quarter of EU GHG emissions. Meanwhile air pollution from road transport contributes to over 400,000 premature deaths per year, 26,000 people die in traffic annually, and the EU economy loses €100 bn every year in congestion. This briefing outlines why road charging is a key instrument to tackle this.
This is the sixth in a series of eight snippets about how to decarbonise land freight by 2050. Based on a new T&E study, the series will culminate in a public debate in Brussels on 27 September.