IVECO has expressed its support for amendments made to the European Commission’s recent proposal for carbon dioxide emissions regulations by the European Parliament. One amendment sets a 2020 deadline to “develop a methodology” for reducing the CO2 emissions of heavy duty vehicles and to analyze the role compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) can play in that process. IVECO has been a long-time supporter of the decarbonisation effort and has made quite a bit of progress with its own vehicles, including reducing NO2 emissions by 90%, particulate matter by 99%, and CO2 emissions by 95%, with the use of biomethane.
“We are very pleased that this amendment has been adopted by the European Parliament for its recognition of the role that natural gas has to play in the decarbonization of the transport industry,” says Pierre Lahutte, brand president at IVECO. “As a result of our vision, today IVECO has a full offering of natural gas-powered trucks capable of covering all missions, all the way to heavy-duty long distance haulage, as we showed at this year’s IAA 2018, where we made history as the first manufacturer to have zero diesel vehicles on our stand.”
Government entities throughout Europe have begun to take notice of IVECO’s initiatives to gain recognition for the positive effects of natural gas vehicles. Germany recently added toll exemptions for vehicles running on LNG; Poland removed the excise duty on LNG and now taxes diesel to help grow its LNG infrastructure; and France and Italy are supporting programs that turn manure and other waste into fuel. The company concludes that “the next step in the legislative process is the vote of the EU Council, and IVECO and the gas and biogas industry trust that Member States will take on board this provision in order to speed up the decarbonization process.”