Parliament vote on trucks CO2 standards: more support needed for clean affordable fuels for shipping

22 Nov 2023

ECSA welcomes the outcome of yesterday’s European Parliament vote on the new CO2 standards for heavy-duty vehicles and the rejection of the Carbon Correction Factor (CCF) for trucks. The introduction of a CCF would artificially increase demand for biofuels and RFNBOs for trucks.

Although the CCF was voted down, the Parliament’s proposal for a broadened definition of climate neutral fuels continues to raise concerns about the introduction of unnecessary additional incentives for trucks.

“Sustainable and scalable renewable fuels are key to decarbonise the shipping industry, but the current lack of availability risks blocking the decarbonisation of the sector. To reach the Paris Agreement’s 1.5°C target, an immense effort is needed to make clean and affordable fuels available for shipping. We therefore urge the Council and the Parliament to oppose any unnecessary additional incentives in the trilogue negotiations for the truck CO2 standards” said ECSA Secretary General, Sotiris Raptis.


You can find ECSA’s previous statement published on CO2 standards for trucks here.


Background information

European co-legislators are currently revising the CO2 emission standards for new heavy-duty vehicles under which vehicle manufacturers have to reduce average fleet emissions of their new sales by -45% in 2030, -65% in 2035, and -90% in 2040. Zero-emission trucks and buses are defined as battery electric, hydrogen fuel cell, or hydrogen combustion vehicles.

About ECSA

ECSA represents 20 national shipowners’ associations based in the EU and Norway. European shipowners control 39.5% of the global commercial fleet, contribute 149 billion euros per year to the EU GDP and provide 2 million Europeans with careers both on board and ashore. ECSA strives for a regulatory environment that fosters the international competitiveness of European shipping, to the benefit of the EU.


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Luisa Puccio –  +32 2 510 61 28