Brussels, 18 May 2018 – NGVA EUROPE, the European association representing the entire natural gas value chain, from gas extraction to dispensing at the refueling station, covering CNG, LNG and renewable gas, welcomes the new proposal on CO2 standards for HDVs tabled by the European Commission. It introduces a strong European action to curb emissions of the sector, which the industry has already embraced in its continuous efforts and commitment towards decarbonisation and fuel efficiency.
Average carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of new vans registered in the European Union (EU) in 2017 were 4.7% lower than in 2016, according to preliminary data published today by the European Environment Agency (EEA). This is the highest annual reduction reported since the regulation to reduce CO2 emissions from light-duty vehicles came into force in 2011.
This year’s EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK encourages us to explore the many different options available for getting from A to B, and to think about the mode that best suits our particular journey. By embracing the concept of multimodality and introducing some sustainable transport methods into our journeys, not only can we have a positive impact on the environment, we may just find that we’re fitter and happier, with some extra spending money too!
The European Commission has launched today the 2018 Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Transport call for project proposals that opens co-financing possibilities for projects supporting the policy orientations of the Third Clean Mobility Package – transport digitalisation, road safety and multimodality.
The Juncker Commission is undertaking the third and final set of actions to modernise Europe’s transport system.
Today’s package consists of:
- A new road safety policy framework and initiatives on vehicle and pedestrian safety, and on infrastructure safety management
- Communication on connected and automated policy
- Legislative initiatives on CO2 standards for trucks and Strategic Action Plan for Batteries
- Initiatives establishing a digital environment for information exchange in transport
- Initiative to streamline permitting procedures for projects on the core trans-European transport network (TEN-T).
The Commission is providing national, regional and local actors with practical help to improve air quality in Europe, and stepping up its enforcement against 7 Member States who have breached agreed EU rules on air pollution limits and type approval for cars.