FCE has published a position paper welcoming the revision of the CO2 emission standards for Heavy Duty Vehicles (HDV) under Regulation EU 2019/1242.
FCE calls for an “open technology” approach, encompassing the full scope of technologies which can help to abate GHG emissions in the road transport sector. Moreover, FCE outlines the need to guarantee that emissions targets will be set in keeping with other legislation, particularly the AFIR, to ensure there is sufficient provision of alternative fuels infrastructure for HDVs in all areas of the EU.
The specific needs of European hauliers – most of whom are family-owned SMEs – need to always be taken into consideration when establishing targets. FCE believes new technologies must be affordable and there must be a viable long-term business (as well as environmental) case for making the switch from traditional fossil fuels to cleaner energy types.
Finally, FCE highlights the need for ongoing flexibility and regular reviews when it comes to agreed CO2 emissions targets, so that they can be adapted to changing circumstances, as and when required.