OPP Meeting Summary: EP TRAN Committee – Monitoring and reporting of CO2 emissions from and fuel consumption of new heavy duty vehicles (11 October 2017)

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EP TRAN Committee Meeting – 11 October 2017
Monitoring and reporting of CO2 emissions from and fuel consumption of new heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs)
·Consideration of draft opinion
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Rapporteur: Nicola Caputo (S&D, IT) made the following opening remarks:

  • figures on emissions and fuel consumption would be delivered by the VECTO system and he thought there was still a lot of work to be done on this, in particular with regards to implementing real driving emissions (RDE) and fuel consumption tests for HDVs;
  • there was a need to ensure transport operators in the sector had access to information to help them make the best informed purchasing decisions. This had been lacking until now. However, there was a need to distinguish between commercially sensitive and commercially relevant data. For example, registration numbers could be disseminated but commercially sensitive data should only be available on request from an independent body such as the European Environment Agency (EEA).

Shadow Rapporteurs

Henna Virkkunen (EPP, FI)

  • the proposed regulation was welcomed. CO2 standards for passenger cars had had the greatest impact on decarbonisation of the transport sector and it was now time to cover HDVs by CO2 regulations;
  • she supported the aim to create market transparency. With regards to passenger cars and vans, monitoring and reporting had increased market transparency in the EU. It was also important for HDV operators to be able to compare and identify the most fuel-efficient vehicles in the future;
  • as well as decarbonise, standards also had the potential to trigger further innovations in the sector and lead to the uptake of more fuel-efficient vehicles;
  • it was important to note that emissions reductions could also be achieved by developing solutions to better utilise the capacity of return transport and using vehicles with larger mass and dimensions. This would also help reduce costs;
  • information that was sensitive for personal or competitiveness reasons should be secured.

Jozo Rados (ALDE, HR)

  • transport emissions and fuel consumption needed to be monitored and comparable. He supported this aspect of the proposal, including the role of the EEA in monitoring information;
  • he also supported proposals by the Rapporteur regarding delegated acts;
  • he was also in favour of the proposal regarding some information being available on request only.

Roberts Zīle (ECR, LV)  read out a statement on behalf of Evzen Tosenovsky (ECR, CZ)

  • he expressed concern with the Commission proposal. It would mean an additional bureaucratic burden for vehicle manufacturers and registration authorities who were not in favour;
  • the obligation to publish sensitive data would weaken the competitiveness of European companies on markets outside the EU. The Rapporteur’s attempts to limit the scope did not go far enough;
  • the Rapporteur had proposed changing implementing acts to delegated acts multiple times throughout the draft opinion and he opposed this;
  • regulatory requirements on CO2 limits in the Commission’s proposal were based on insufficient data. The Commission should wait until at least 2021 when the first relevant data would have been entered into a central register and properly analysed.

Merja Kyllönen (GUE/NGL, FI) read out a statement on behalf of  Kateřina Konečná (GUE/NGL, CZ)

  • she welcomed the Commission proposal and was in favour of data from newly type approved trucks being monitored and reported in a standardised way, with some information made publicly available. There was a need to create more transparency in the transport sector and to increase competition between truck manufacturers;
  • there was a need to discuss if CO2 related conformity of production results should also be made available publicly or on demand and accessible to third parties;
  • she was in favour of an introducing on-road test for new HDVs.

Alex Paquot, Head of Unit C4, DG Climate Action, European Commission 

  • emissions from HDVs would increase in future if no action was taken;
  • this proposal was the first legislation to address emissions from HDVs and would enable them to reap the low hanging fruit,  bring transparency to the market and help transport companies to understand the performance of a vehicle when purchasing a vehicle, thus saving money;
  • the proposal was also important for competition between manufacturers;
  • the proposal struck a good balance between the need to increase transparency in the market and protecting commercially sensitive data;
  • this was the first step. The Commission were now working on emissions standards for HDVs which was planned for next year.

Rapporteur: Nicola Caputo (S&D, IT) closed the debate with the following remarks:

  • he was pleased there seemed to be agreement on the basic principles;
  • society would be demanding greater transparency from the transport sector so there was a need to increase ambition.

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