CO2 differentiated truck tolls – what the EU should do

Economic instruments are a key ingredient of a credible strategy to deal with truck CO2 emissions. For example, taxes and charges that are differentiated on the basis of carbon emissions have accelerated the uptake of low carbon cars. For trucks, such policies currently do not exist.

T&E commissioned CE Delft to undertake a study to assess the usefulness, as well as the possible implementation and design issues, of CO2 differentiated kilometre charging. The report’s key findings are included in the briefing below. T&E’s view is that the Commission should enable CO2 differentiated charging and make the updated Eurovignette proposal a key part of its 2016 decarbonisation strategy.