Improved fuel efficiency could reduce HGV emissions by up to 32% according to a study undertaken by T&E.
Using its European Union Transport Roadmap Model (EUTRM) tool, T&E has calculated the emissions reduction potential of fuel efficiency technologies for lorries. The environmental lobbying organisation analysed off-the-shelf strategies such as improving fuel efficiency in diesel lorries or moving more freight into railways. In addition, it also assessed investigated the possibility of fully decarbonising the road freight sector using catenary-hybrid, battery electric, hydrogen and power-to-liquid technologies.
The European Commission is planning to introduce Europe’s first CO2 standard for some lorry categories in 2018. However, in order to meet the goals of the Paris agreement, transport needs to reach zero emissions by 2050, including land freight.
T&E has conducted an in-house study to spark debate at EU level on the measures necessary to reach this challenging goal. From the graph above, it is clear that, beyond the implementation of fuel efficiency standards for heavy-duty vehicles, the EU needs a long-term decarbonisation strategy for land freight if it is to take the Paris agreement seriously.
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