Towards EU rules on CO2 from lorries

After legislation to limit CO2 emissions from new passenger cars and vans, the European Commission is now focusing on lorries. Charlotte Owen explores the findings of a first consultancy study on possible ways forward.

CO2 emissions from lorries, also called heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs), are not yet regulated in Europe despite them accounting for some 26% of total road transport emissions. An attempt to make drivers pay for the CO2 they emit under the Eurovignette law was defeated in 2009, killing hopes of legislative action.

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