EU called to toughen emissions laws

An alliance of companies including Ikea, Nestlé and Heathrow airport have called on the EU to pass new laws cutting truck emissions within two years, to meet promises made at the Paris climate conference.

Heavy duty vehicles make up less than 5 percent of Europe’s road traffic but account for a quarter of the sector’s carbon emissions – more than airplanes – and their fuel efficiency has hardly changed in two decades.

The EU’s climate commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete has said that fuel efficiency targets for vehicles after 2020 are “essential” and a commission paper in July is expected to signal that they will be brought forward.

The companies’ letter, which is also signed by DHL, Philips, Kingfisherand Schenker, urges the EU “to make a proposal to introduce fuel economy standards within the next two years.”