Fuel bills represent one third of the total cost of ownership of a van, making fuel an important business cost. At the same time, vans are one of the fastest growing sources of CO2 emitted from transport, increasing by 26% between 1995 and 2010 and now accounting for 8% of road transport emissions. To improve fuel efficiency and counter rising emissions, binding CO2 standards for vans were agreed in 2010. For 2020 a target of 147 g/km (5,6 l/100km) was agreed.

T&E wants the EU to tighten the fuel efficiency targets for vans to 118 g/km or 4,5 l/100km - equivalent to the corresponding 2020 target for cars. This would double the fuel savings compared to the 147 g/km target to €825 per year.

What’s happening?

In 2010 the EU set legally binding targets for new vans to emit on average no more than 175g CO2/km in 2017 and 147g CO2/km in 2020. The 2020 target and the modalities to reach it had to be reviewed by 2013. In July 2012 the Commission made a proposal that confirms 147g CO2/km for 2020. This proposal was accepted by the European Parliament and member states in 2013.

T&E thinks this target denies van owners much improved fuel efficiency and lower fuel bills. To know more about the vans CO2 targets and how European decision-makers should have been more ambitious, read T&E’s briefings : short version and long version.