SPAIN is backing the target of cutting lorry and heavy vehicle CO2 emissions by 30 per cent in the European Union by 2030, agreed at an EU Environment Council of Ministers meeting.
“This agreement is good news because it allows for beginning negotiations with the European Parliament and the Commission to rubber stamp a definitive decision on the objectives for heavy vehicle emissions”, the Spanish Secretary of State for the Environment Hugo Moran commented after the meeting.
“Setting clear limits is fundamental so we can comply with the commitments on the struggle against climate change”, Moran continued.
“At the same time, it brings a set timeframe to the industry and opens up opportunities to improve competitiveness, influence innovation and create quality employment.”
The 28 EU-member states agreed on an obligatory 30 per cent reduction in emissions lorries and heavy vehicles, including buses, by 2030 and a 15 per cent reduction by 2025. The European Parliament has called for a 35 per cent cut in emissions from these kinds of vehicles by 2030.