Regulation (EU) 2019/1242 setting CO2 emission performance standards for new heavy-duty vehicles

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Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 June 2019 aiming to contribute to achieving the European Union’s target of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 30% below 2005 levels by 2030.

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Under the Paris Agreement, the Union has committed to avoiding climate change by limiting global warming to well below 2°C. Decreasing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is a key prerequisite for fulfilling this commitment. The road transport sector is of key importance for reducing GHG emissions and decarbonising the EU economy. While CO2 emissions from heavy-duty vehicles (HDV), i.e. lorries, buses and coaches, account for about 6% of total EU emissions and 25% of road transport CO2 emissions in the EU, they are currently not regulated at EU level.

This initiative, part of the European Commission's Third Mobility Package, delivers on the commitment taken in the 2016 European Strategy for low-emission mobility, whose goals include reducing GHG emissions in road transport by at least 60% in 2050 compared to 1990 levels and setting CO2 emission standards for HDV. The new Regulation amends Regulations (EC) No 595/2009 and (EU) 2018/956 and Directive 96/53/EC.

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EPRS: Briefing, September 2018: Setting CO2 emission performance standards for new heavy-duty vehicles [Initial Appraisal of a European Commission Impact Assessment]
EPRS: Briefing, October 2018: CO2 emission standards for heavy-duty vehicles [EU Legislation in Progress]

EUR-Lex: COM(2018)284: Proposal for a Regulation setting CO2 emission performance standards for new heavy-duty vehicles
EUR-Lex: SWD(2018)185: Impact assessment
EUR-Lex: SWD(2018)186: Executive summary of the impact assessment

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