Truck CO2 emissions have been continuously increasing for decades (+29% compared to 1990), but the EU remained blind to the evolution of CO2 emissions from new trucks until 2019 when, for the first time, CO2 emissions performance standards for new trucks have been set. Until 2019 the emissions of new trucks were not routinely collected, but the first set of data for the trucks in the nine regulated categories sold from July 2019 to June 2020 (called ‘reference period’) is now publicly available. This will be used as the baseline for the 2025 and 2030 CO2 reduction targets.
In this report, T&E analyses the CO2 emissions and performance of truckmakers in the reference period. With the EU’s heavy-duty vehicle (HDV) standards up for review in 2022, T&E also examines possible compliance trajectories to reach the 2025 CO2 target and shows that there is significant room to increase the targets already in the second half of the 2020s.