Siemens, Unilever, Maersk and DFDS join business coalition calling for 2035 deadline for zero-emissions trucks in EU

(Transport and Environment, 8 Dec 2022) 44 companies appeal for 2035 target for new freight trucks to be emissions-free, allowing a five-year exemption to vocational trucks.

The EU needs to show leadership for the sake of the climate and the bloc’s future competitiveness by ensuring all new freight trucks are zero-emissions from 2035, a broad business coalition of 44 companies says [1]. In a letter to the EU Commission, signed by globally recognised brands including Siemens, Maersk, Unilever and PepsiCo, the coalition writes that the 2035 deadline is not just feasible but necessary to fully replace the fossil-powered truck fleet in time for the EU to reach climate neutrality by 2050.

A 2035 zero-emissions target for new freight trucks would provide investment certainty for vehicle manufacturers to increase their electric and green hydrogen offerings, the companies write. Major truckmakers have already announced that half of their sales will be zero emission by 2030 [2] but binding rules are needed to ensure that investments and the ramp-up of supply happen on time. The coalition says some niche vehicle categories, such as construction trucks, could be given until 2040 to comply. The EU Commission will publish its proposal for new truck CO2 targets in the coming months.

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Transport and Environment, 8 Dec 2022: Siemens, Unilever, Maersk and DFDS join business coalition calling for 2035 deadline for zero-emissions trucks in EU