NOx emissions from trucks slashed by 59 percent since 2013 in the UK

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Artur Lysionok

Artur Lysionok

18.08.2020
NOx emissions from trucks slashed by 59 percent since 2013 in the UK

Haulage operators in the United Kingdom have slashed NOx emissions from trucks by at least 59 percent in only six years, according to government statistics.

Department for Transport figures show a continual year-on-year decline since 2013 as the Road Haulage Association predicts the industry will have reduced its NOx output by at least 80 percent by 2025.

The RHA said that the industry’s £1.9bn investment in Euro VI vehicles is driving the huge reduction as it publishes its annual NOx Emission Assessment from heavy goods vehicles today (Wednesday 12 August).

Welcoming the report, Chris Ashley, the RHA’s head of policy on the environment, said the latest assessment shows what can be achieved when well-designed standards,(in this instance Euro VI), are phased in sustainably.

As the Government’s ‘green recovery’ agenda gathers pace, we believe this positive experience can be applied to the decarbonisation agenda, but a repeat of DEFRA’s flawed Clean Air Zone policy must be avoided” – Ashley said. -”Hauliers are willing to invest in the technology needed for a clean environment, but they must have confidence that the regulatory framework will not retrospectively undermine that investment.”

Imposing high charges on technology deemed ‘obsolete’ without first checking there is a sufficient supply of the desired technology is a recipe for disaster. It leads to stranded assets, market distortion and waste.

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