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BRUSSELS: The European Clean Trucking Alliance (ECTA), a coalition of truckers, logistics and consumer goods companies, says the European Commission’s current plans to decarbonise trucking won’t ensure emission-free road transport by 2050.

According to the Alliance, transport produces 28 percent of overall European emissions and is the sector with the highest increase since 1990. Despite this, van performance standards resulted in only 1.4 percent electric-powered registrations in 2019 and according to preliminary data only 2.0 percent in 2020.

Ahead of the Commission’s ‘Fit-for-55 Package’ of carbon reduction proposals, ECTA wants a revision of the Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Directive (AFID), as well as the TEN-T and TEN-E regulations, to enable seamless cross-border zero-emission trucking as soon as possible.

In addition, it says the Commission should revise the Energy Taxation Directive to support the business case of zero-emission road freight transport that also reflects the climate impact of fossil fuels.

Finally, it wants a revision of the CO2 emission performance standards for light commercial vehicles to ensure at least 50 percent of new vans sold in 2030 to be zero-emission and 100 percent by 2035.

As a founding member of the Alliance since its inception last year, logistics group GEODIS says the availability of infrastructure for zero-emission vehicles is one of the biggest challenges to decarbonising European truck fleets – currently totalling 40 million and delivering 75 percent of trade.

“Transport, both of goods and passengers, accounts for more than 25 percent of global CO2 emissions. We must face this reality,” declared Philippe de Carné, GEODIS EVP Business Development, Innovation & Business Excellence.

“During this [pandemic] crisis, we have seen an acceleration in the awareness of our customers to this need. We are looking forward to the arrival of new zero-emission vehicles on the market, as well as the deployment of improved energy infrastructures, which will be essential to ensure this transition," he added.

ECTA business members are Anheuser-Busch InBev, Austrian Council for Sustainable Logistics CNL, Contargo, Codognotto, Deutsche Post DHL Group, DSLV, FERCAM Logistics&Transport, FM Logistic, GEODIS, Girteka Logistics, IKEA Supply AG, KLOG, LKW Walter, Meyer & Meyer, Michelin, Nestlé, No Limit Logistics, Polis Network, Transport and Logistics Netherlands, Transport & Environment, Unilever, Van der Wal and Vos Logistics.

They employ over 2.3 million people producing a combined annual revenue of €400+ billion.
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