Emission performance standards for new light commercial vehicles (Regulation (EU) No. 510/2011 setting emission performance standards for new light commercial vehicles as part of the Union’s integrated approach to reduce CO2 emissions from light-duty vehicles

Sets emission performance standards for new light commercial vehicles, including a limit of 175g CO2/km for average CO2 emissions from manufacturers’ fleet of small vans by 2017. Specific targets for individual vehicles vary according to weight. A 2020 target of 147g CO2/km has been adopted.

In 2014, 70% of each manufacturer’s newly registered units must comply on average with the limit value curve set by the legislation, rising to 75% in 2015, 80% in 2016 and 100% from 2017.

A “super-credit” scheme will help manufacturers comply: a multiplier figure decreasing from 3.5 in 2014 to 1.7 in 2017 will be applied to every vehicle with specific emissions of CO2 of less than 50g CO2/km, up to 25,000 units per manufacturer. To incentivise investment in new technologies, from 2014 producers will have to pay an increasing penalty if their fleet fails to meet their target.

Vehicles running on E85 (petrol with 85% bioethanol) will benefit from a 5% lower emission target by 31 December 2015 in recognition of the greater technological and emission reduction capability when at least 30% of the filling stations provide EU-compliant sustainable biofuels. CO2 savings achieved through the use of innovative technologies shall be taken into consideration up to 7g CO2/km.

By 2014 the Commission shall, if appropriate, launch a proposal to include in the Regulation vehicles in category N2 and M2 with a reference mass not exceeding 2,160 kg and vehicles to which type-approval is extended, with a view to achieving the longer-term target from 2020.

By 2014 the Commission shall publish a report on the availability of data on footprint and payload and their use as utility parameters for determining specific emissions targets and, if appropriate, submit a proposal to the European Parliament and to the Council.

Quantified targets

Manufacturer's average emissions to be reduced yearly by 2014-2020 against a 2011 baseline

Transportation | General | Fixed Level Target | Base year: 2011

Average emissions of 147 gCO2/km for the average emissions of new light commercial vehicles registered in the Union subject to confirmation of its feasibility, as specified in Article 13(1) by 2020

Transportation | General | Fixed Level Target | Base year: 2011

The specific emissions of CO2 of each light commercial vehicle which is designed to be capable of running on a mixture of petrol with 85% bioethanol (‘E85’), and which complies with relevant Union legislation or European technical standards, shall be reduced by 5% by 2015

Transportation | Renewable Energy | Fixed Level Target | Base year: 2011

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