T&E reply HDV CO2 emission standards

The inception impact assessment focuses too much on the 2030 energy and climate targets only. Even if 2030 targets are important, they were set in 2014, before the Paris Agreement was signed. At that time, the European Union had a soft target for the transport sector to reduce its transport related emissions by 60% compared to 1990 (2011 Transport White Paper). However, the success of COP21 changed it all. Almost all countries in the planet agreed to limit climate change to 2 degrees, and to pursue efforts toward limiting warming to 1.5 degrees.

The European Commission is now in the process of revising its 2050 roadmap, in the light of the Paris Agreement. T&E commissioned a study to assess what the target for sectors not included in the EU emissions trading system (ETS), which includes transport, would need to be by 2050. Considering that there are certain sectors, like agriculture, that cannot completely decarbonise (incl. all GHG emissions), transport needs to reduce its emissions almost to zero if we want to reach our Paris climate targets.