Representatives from the EU Parliament and European Council reached a provisional agreement on March 26 on the regulation details for monitoring and reporting CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data from new heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs), including lorries, buses, and passenger coaches, the European Commission said, adding that this is the first ever EU legislation focusing on the CO2 emissions from these types of vehicles.

The new rules are part of the EU’s Strategy on low-emission mobility and Communication on delivering on low-emission mobility laying out actions for a fundamental modernisation of European mobility and transport.

Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete hailed this political agreement as proof of Europe’s firm intention to curb the growing CO2 emissions from heavy-duty vehicles.

“I thank the European Parliament and the Council for their work to reach this ambitious outcome. With this new robust, reliable, and transparent monitoring and reporting system, we are on track for the next step: CO2 emission standards for heavy-duty vehicles to be proposed in May 2018,” Cañete said.

Accelerating the shift to clean and sustainable mobility is essential to improve the quality of life and health of citizens and contribute to the EU’s climate objectives under the Paris Agreement.

The clean mobility transition offers major opportunities for the European economy and reinforces the EU’s global leadership in clean vehicles. Monitoring and reporting CO2 emissions and fuel consumption of new heavy-duty vehicles will also increase transparency enabling transport operators to make well-informed purchasing decisions and save fuel costs. It will also drive innovation amongst European manufacturers.