Fuel bills represent one third of the total cost of ownership of a van and high oil prices make fuel an increasingly 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.