The European Commission communication on decarbonising transport is the first step towards new regulations for cars, vans and Heavy Duty Vehicles (HDVs). The Commission will propose for 2025 CO2 targets for cars and vans, a new measurement standard (VECTO) and a monitoring and reporting regulation for HDVs.
We believe that these new CO2 regulations are an opportunity for the European industry to demonstrate aluminium’s potential for decarbonising transport. However, to be truly effective, the regulations must be technology neutral, cost effective to implement and based on a thorough impact assessment.
Increased use of aluminium to lightweight vehicles is a cost-efficient way to reduce emissions. A study by environmental consultancy Ricardo-AEA demonstrated that encouraging lightweighting in cars would make it around 16% cheaper for manufacturers to reach the 2025 CO2 target. It is also a highly cost-efficient way to improve efficiency in many types of HDVs. For trucks carrying heavy loads and city buses, any investment in lightweighting will pay for itself in only a few years.