The European Commission recently submitted Commission’s “Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council setting CO2 emission performance standards for new heavy-duty vehicles” to the European Parliament and Council to address the contribution of the road transport sector to achieve the agreed greenhouse gas emission reduction aim.

The proposal of the Commission proposes ambitious targets with reductions at twice the speed of those achieved in previous years. To achieve this, if the limits are confirmed, an important contribution can be given by some innovations available today. One of these is the use of liquefied natural gas of which IVECO has been a pioneer in recent years. And this is recognized by the Commission.

The proposal recognizes LNG as the available alternative fuel to diesel for heavy-duty vehicles. The deployment of upcoming and current innovative LNG-based technologies will enhance meeting the CO2 emission targets in the short and medium term due to the fact that the use of LNG technologies leads to lower CO2 emissions as compared to diesel vehicles. On top of that, current LNG technologies ensure a low level of air pollutant emissions such as NOx and particulate matter.

According to the IVECO Brand President, Pierre Lahutte, the European Commission proposal is backing their long-term strategy for sustainable transport, which has seen IVECO pioneering the use of LNG in heavy-duty vehicles. The extensive fleet of natural gas powered IVECO vehicles at work on the roads across Europe clearly demonstrate that this fuel provides a viable alternative to diesel from an operational and profitability point of view, while delivering an exceptional environmental performance and it can contribute to reach these extremely challenging targets.