EU gets heavy-duty on pollution: 1st standards for trucks

The European Union on Tuesday reached a tentative agreement on the first specific EU standards for trucks, seeking to get polluting CO2 levels down.

The agreement among negotiators from the European Parliament and member nations says such emissions for new trucks will have to be 30 percent lower by 2030 compared with today’s levels. Heavy trucks carry over two-thirds of freight across the 28-nation bloc.

EU Commissioner Arias Canete said the standards “will help tackle emissions, as well as bring fuel savings to transport operators and cleaner air for all Europeans.”