The Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark and Luxembourg have urged the European Union to fix a date by which new trucks and buses sold in Europe must have zero emissions, according to a joint statement from the countries reported Reuters.
This call comes ahead of the proposal of stricter CO2 emission standards for heavy-duty vehicles, which are set to be proposed in February.
The statement calls for a 100% zero emissions target for heavy-duty vehicles, but does not specify a target date. The countries have called for the EU to align this target with its goal of achieving zero net greenhouse gas emissions across the economy by 2050.
“The upcoming revision of the CO2 standards for HDVs (heavy duty vehicles) provides a unique opportunity to send a strong signal to the market and incentivise a timely transition,” the statement says