Belgium – Last month saw the EU Commission draft a proposal to update and strengthen the regulation on CO2 emission standards for heavy-duty vehicles. A press statement from the EU Commission read: “The proposed amendment introduces a 100% zero-emission target for urban buses by 2035, while setting an intermediate target of 85% for this category by 2030. The Council agreed to exempt inter-urban buses from this target.” This pushes back the previous proposal from 2030, to 2035.
This is all part of the EU’s aim to reduce its net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 45% by 2030, 65% by 2035 and 90% by 2040 compared with 1990 levels, and to achieve climate neutrality in 2050. Negotiations with the European Parliament still need be concluded before any of these proposals are to be voted on by the induvial EU nation-states themselves.