A call to the European Parliament to increase the ambition of the Commission’s proposal for a fast transition to zero emission trucks

In a letter (sent Monday 26th June), a group of global businesses and organisations have called on the EU to increase the ambition of the Commission’s proposal for a fast transition to zero emission trucks.

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Global companies including Nike, Heineken and PepsiCo are calling on the EU to increase climate targets for trucks to help them meet their own green commitments

The full letter is available to read here.

In a letter to European lawmakers, 41 businesses have called for more ambitious CO2 standards in 2030 and a phase out date for polluting trucks. Greater ambition will lower the costs and accelerate the production of zero emissions trucks, making it easier for these companies to adopt zero emission trucks and clean up their fleets.

While truckmakers do already have voluntary commitments, the businesses signing the letter are urging Members of the European Parliament and governments across the EU to increase the 2030 CO2 emissions cut target from 45% to 65%, ensuring that regulatory ambitions are brought at least in line with voluntary ambition levels.

This would increase the number of green trucks on Europe's roads in 2030 by more than 150,000 compared to the European Commission’s proposal, they say.

The signatory companies are also calling for a clear phase-out date after which 100% of new trucks must be zero emission. With the lifecycle of a truck extending up to 18 years, a clear date, well in advance of 2050, needs to be set now to ensure the EU meets its road transport decarbonisation targets.

All truck types should be subject to climate targets to ensure manufacturers ramp up zero emission vehicle production across all segments. The Commission’s proposal exempted some vehicle types including garbage and construction trucks and some urban delivery trucks, which are often easy to electrify and would benefit air quality in cities.

PepsiCo’s ambition to reduce emissions by at least 40% by 2030 and to become net-zero by 2040 largely depends on the decarbonisation efforts of our value chain partners, which includes third party logistics. Therefore, the transition towards an affordable and emission-free movement of goods in Europe is our shared responsibility. We urge policymakers in Brussels to set more ambitious CO2 standards for trucks as it is not only a critical step towards achieving the EU's climate neutrality goals but also a strategic move for the success of our industry.

Archana Jagannathan, Chief Sustainability Officer, PepsiCo Europe

A.P. Moller-Maersk is fully committed to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040 across all of our business. Doing so requires significant investments and we believe that committing to a 2035 end year for fossil-fuel powered vehicles purchases brings us closer to achieving our emission targets and thus helping our customers reduce their greenhouse gas footprint. But driving the energy transition of road freight cannot be done only by leading companies such as Maersk and many of our highly valued customers and logistics partners. More action is needed from regulators, business and consumers and we recommend all policies to set strong demand signals for the industry to accelerate the energy transition.

Kenny Kristensen, Global Head of Energy Transition Execution, Maersk Landside Transportation

It’s in all of our interests to push for more zero-emission trucks on the road, earlier, and for clear intentions regarding both trucks and infrastructure. This will get us faster to both emissions reductions and to cost parity with diesel, and it enables transport operators like us to plan ahead with more confidence.

Sophie-Kim Chapman, Head of Decarbonisation, DFDS

We are in the middle of one of the most impactful transformations in the transport sector. During this transition, we see a lot of willingness and commitment across the industry to decarbonise. Now we have the opportunity to capitalise on this momentum through ambitious, binding and clear legislation. It’s time to speed up in order to achieve the goals.

Giano Koskamp, QA & Sustainability Manager, Boekestijn Transport

With Colruyt Group, we certainly support this kind of initiative. We ourselves, as a pioneer, are already investing in BEV and FCEV vehicles so that our transport is fully zero emission by 2035. We therefore expect a regulatory framework to ensure that the supply of zero-emission vehicles in our sector increases.

Pieter Leonard, Capability manager transport, Colruyt Group

We are in the process of expanding our e-truck fleet to 33 vehicles this year and have already participated in a second call for funding and applied for 59 more e-trucks. We at Contargo are committed to speed up the decarbonisation of our road freight transport operations. To obtain these vehicles, it is urgently necessary to scale up production as quickly as possible. Politics is required here.

Making sure that we can provide zero-emission transport services to our customers is part of the engagement of Fixemer Logistics GmbH.

Jens Pejril, Managing Director at Fixemer Logistics GmbH

Forto supports the open call to the European Commission to set ambitious targets that enable zero-emission freight trucking - not only because this is what cargo owners are asking for but also because this is the right thing to do with logistics being responsible for 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Only by doing so can we achieve the goals we have set ourselves in the Paris Agreement to limit the global temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.

Pia Schwanenberg, Senior Sustainability Manager, Forto

At Integre Trans we firmly believe in taking decisive action to combat climate change and reduce emissions in the trucking industry. We are committed to a sustainable future and advocate for comprehensive measures that encompass all truck types, drive zero-emission vehicle production, and transition towards a fleet of zero-emission trucks. We are dedicated to creating a greener and more environmentally friendly trucking industry.

Loreta Dainytė, Head of Sustainability and Quality Department, Integre Trans