Morocco is not affected even until 2035: The EU has just adopted a regulation on CO2 emissions standards for heavy duty vehicles


The Council of the European Union (EU) representing the 27 adopted, yesterday Monday, a regulation on CO2 emissions standards for heavy duty vehicles, which modifies and strengthens existing EU rules with a view to “ further reduce” emissions in the road transport sector.

“The updated rules will further reduce CO2 emissions in the road transport sector and set new targets for 2030, 2035 and 2040”, at 45%, 65% and 90% emissions reduction respectively.

These targets will apply to medium trucks, heavy trucks over 7.5 tonnes and coaches, as well as corresponding professional vehicles from 2035, the new rules maintain the current target set for 2025, which corresponds to a 15% reduction in emissions for heavy trucks over 16 tonnes.

Furthermore, the regulation stipulates that all new urban buses that enter service must be zero-emission vehicles by 2035, with an intermediate objective of 90% by 2030 for this category. Intercity buses will be exempt from this target, as they will be considered coaches for the purposes of measuring emissions reduction.

The Council notes that the heavy vehicle sector is responsible for more than 25% of greenhouse gas emissions from road transport in the EU, recalling that CO2 emission standards for certain heavy vehicles have been set for the first time in 2019, with targets for the period from 2025 to 2029 and from 2030.

In February 2023, the European Commission presented a proposal to revise CO2 emission standards for heavy vehicles. This revision is an integral part of the “Adjustment to Objective 55” legislative package.

These are updated rules contributing to the EU’s target of reducing net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030 compared to 1990 and 1990 levels. achieve climate neutrality by 2050.

The new regulation will enter into force 20 days after its publication in the Official Journal of the EU.

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