14 January 2022


The European Clean Trucking Alliance (ECTA), of which CLECAT is a member, published yesterday a position paper calling on policymakers to raise the ambition of the revised CO2 standards for vans. The coalition notes that the current low uptake of zero-emissions vans can be explained by the current CO2 emission performance standards for vans which are not sufficiently ambitious to drive the market towards zero-emission vehicles.

ECTA welcomes the Commission proposal for 100% zero-emission light-duty vehicles sales in 2035, one of the key demands of the Alliance. This target will send the right signal for van makers to invest in increasing the supply of zero-emission vans. However, the 50% CO2 reduction target for 2030 falls short of what is needed to deliver the necessary volume of electric vans needed for zero-emissions city logistics in the 2020s.

The paper therefore calls on the European and the Council to increase the ambition of the Commission proposal: the 2030 CO2 reduction target should be raised from 50% to 60% to guarantee that at least half of new vans sold in 2030 should be zero-emission. As van makers can comply with the current 15% reduction target which applies from 2025 to 2029, it is necessary to set an intermediary target of 45% in 2027.