Light Commercial Vehicle CO2 Limits Cut


The European Parliament has approved new CO2 emissions limits for newly manufactured light commercial vehicles. The new restrictions set a goal of dropping emissions by 28 percent by the year 2020, from the current maximum level of 203 grammes per kilometre to 147 grammes per kilometre. The new rules apply to all LCVs sold across the European Union.

The legislation is up for review in the year 2015, but the European Climate Commissioner, Connie Hedegaard, has indicated that the goal is attainable, and will not present a financial burden for manufacturers.

The targeting of light commercial vehicles comes in part because vans represent 12 percent of light-duty vehicles and 1.5 percent of the European Union’s total CO2 emissions every year, and because their lifespan is longer than that of passenger vehicles. “It is appropriate for us to stick to the target that we set ourselves,” said Holger Krahmer, commenting on the vote’s outcome.

In addition to the new ruling, which applies to all vehicles that are up to 2.610 tonnes empty and 3.5 tonnes fully loaded, and to manufacturers that are creating over 1,000 vehicles per year.

In addition to lowering the maximum emissions, the European Parliament also announced that they would not be renewing the “super credit” system which expires in 2018. The system allowed additional credit to vehicles with emissions under 50g/km of CO2.