Low Carbon Pathways Until 2050 – Deep Dive on Heavy Duty Transportation (FEV report)
The European Commission calls for a climate-neutral Europe by 2050, which is in-line with the goals of the Paris Agreement. One element of reaching a carbon-neutral economy is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Within the economy, the transport sector accounted for 23% of greenhouse gas emissions in 2017, while heavy-duty trucks accounted for 25% of the greenhouse gas emissions in the transport sector. Thus, heavy-duty trucks are important to achieve the greenhouse gas emission reduction.
Yet, it is unclear how heavy-duty vehicles can contribute to this reduction. There are three reasons for this: Firstly, the freight transport demand will likely increase. Secondly, size and weight of the vehicles limit the options to reduce their energy demand. Thirdly, many stakeholders need to be aligned to make change happen: authorities, fleet operators, vehicle manufacturers, technology suppliers and energy providers.
In the recent paper commissioned by Concawe, FEV explores different low carbon pathways for Heavy Duty Transport until 2050. FEV present three scenarios, which achieve greenhouse gas emission reductions of 80% to 95% by 2050 compared to 1990.