Carbon dioxide emissions are responsible for the drastically increasing greenhouse effect. More and more resources are needed to slow the climate change appropriately. According to the latest findings of the World Weather Organization (WTO), the peak level of greenhouse gas concentrations rose to 405.5 ppm in 2017. In 2016 these were still at 403.3 ppm.

This year we have experienced the side effects of CO² emissions:

In winter it is warm and in summer there are droughts. The blame lies with the anthropogenic greenhouse effect, i.e. man-made climate changes on our planet. If nothing is done, global warming of 0.2 degrees Celsius per decade is to be expected.

The EU Commission agrees on emission limits for commercial vehicles:

Passenger car manufacturers have had to comply with legislation to reduce emissions for some time now. But in order to keep the air of the future generation cleaner, it is not enough for drivers alone to participate. For this reason, the Commission decided in Brussels on 14.11.2018 with a majority that this legal basis should also be introduced for commercial vehicles. A reduction of 25 percent by 2025 is thus targeted. By 2035 it should be 35 percent.

Climate protectors support the changes in legislation to new efficient trucks.

Experts from the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) state that the technical basis for greener commercial vehicles is in place, only stricter laws need to be enacted that would force manufacturers to produce more efficient vehicles. Fuel costs can also be saved in the future through the implementation process of the climate protection goals.

However, the industry argues differently. The proposals were too strict for them. Manufacturers consider only one third of the requirements to be possible. The automotive industry also denies the proposals adopted by parliament. This would not be technically or economically feasible for the envisaged period. The car industry not only quotes a deteriorating competitiveness, but also a subsequent “financial burden” if manufacturers have to convert according to the directives.

How could the new directives affect logistics?

Possible consequences of the new laws could mean that the automotive industry will have to specialize primarily in hybrid and electrical technology. Forwarders and truck owners have to adapt accordingly. The new technology can also be challenging for the shipper if the topic of costs is addressed. According to Bloomberg New Energy, the batteries for a semi-trailer truck alone amount to 1000 dollars. And whether it is more efficient to drive an electric truck than a fuel-driven one depends not only on the cost of electricity, but also on the ability to recharge your battery on the road. Petrol stations, car manufacturers or energy suppliers have not yet set up an adequate network of charging stations.

Particularly when forwarders switch to more efficient transport logistics, retailers could expect increasing prices for shipping their goods from A to B. This could lead to a reduction in the cost of transport.

Of course, it often happens that environmentalists and vehicle manufacturers have conflicting opinions.

However, it is not every day that large corporations demand regulations for CO² emissions. Especially when their products are transported with the help of trucks. EU Commission President Jean-Claude Junker has already received applications from furniture manufacturer IKEA and French supermarket giant Carrefour. This ultimately makes the Commission’s decision clearer.

It remains to be seen how the industry will arm itself against the new legislation in the coming years. It is a fact for environmentalists that the pressure on automobile manufacturers should have been exerted long ago.


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