On the road to 2025
The European Union has ordered the truck industry to reduce CO2 emissions from trucks by 15% by 2025 and by 30% by 2030 compared to the values in 2019. A big challenge.
Over the last 20 years, the truck industry has made enormous efforts to reduce CO2 by an average of 1% per year. We are now faced with the target to achieve a 15% reduction in 6 years’ time — an average of 2.5% per year! A target to achieve a 30% reduction by 2030 means an average of 3% per year between 2025 and 2030! That’s huge!
If we are to fulfil the objectives for 2025, we will have to examine all available options. Where can we gain in terms of fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions? Where can we make engines and drive lines even more efficient? Can tyres with lower rolling resistance play a role? What improvements can we make to the systems that assist both the driver and the vehicle, such as Predictive Cruise Control and EcoRoll? New legislation on vehicle dimensions and weight, which allows longer and therefore more aerodynamic trucks, will also play a major role in this.
The decisive factor in achieving the European Union’s objectives is what is emitted from the exhaust, not what is used to produce the required ‘energy’, whether this is fuel or electricity. However, this is set to change after 2030. From then on, there will be a shift from ‘tank to wheel’ to ‘well to wheel’ so that the whole chain is taken into account and we can see the complete picture!
New European regulations on masses and dimensions
Discussions regarding this new legislation have been lengthy, but as of September 1, 2020, trucks with a slightly longer cabin are now allowed to travel on European roads. The permissible maximum dimensions for load length remain unchanged, but manufacturers are now allowed to make their cabins longer as long as they result in better aerodynamics and fields of view.
The aims are clear: improved aerodynamics benefits both fuel consumption and CO₂ emissions; better fields of view improve road safety, especially with regard to vulnerable road users. New Generation DAF trucks are the first in the industry to make use of these new European regulations on masses and dimensions.
Vecto CO2 certificate
As a leader in transport efficiency and environmental care, DAF was ahead of European legislation demands requiring all trucks that leave the factory to have a ‘CO2 certificate’.
Since January 2019, European regulations require all newly delivered 4x2 and 6x2 Euro 6 heavy-duty trucks (16+ tons) to have a CO2 emissions certificate. This requirement continues to be rolled out to other truck configurations in stages. These emissions certificate values are generated using the industrywide, standardised and certified Vecto tool. This means that you, as a transport operator, can compare the CO2 emissions values of different truck models and brands.
As a factory we are obliged by EU law to provide a CO2 value for every newly delivered truck. But at DAF we believe that it is important that you already know this value in advance; specifically, when you decide to purchase the truck. Our unique TOPEC sales tool allows your DAF dealer to inform you about the CO2 values of your future truck before purchase. For maximum clarity and transparency.