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Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the promotion of clean road transport vehicles (presented by the Commission) COM(2005) 634 final

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Abstract

The Commission, in its Green Paper on the security of energy supply [COM(2000) 769: "Towards a European strategy for the security of energy supply"] published in 2000, highlighted the continuing growth of the transport sector and the related high level of energy consumption, CO2 emissions and dependence on oil. The paper emphasised the importance of taking action on the supply side, but also on the demand side in order to influence demand for alternative fuels and technologies. The Commission committed itself to take action to support the development of a new generation of vehicles.
The objective of this proposal is to reduce pollutant emissions by the transport sector and contribute to the establishment of a market for clean vehicles. This is particularly relevant for agglomerations and zones in difficulties to meet the requirements of the Air Quality Directive (Directive 1996/62/EC on air quality and Directive 1999/30/EC on limit values of pollutants in ambient air).
An environmentally enhanced performance standard has already been established in EU legislation for vehicles above 3.5 t weight for optional use, such as tax incentives.
This proposal takes a next step and uses the existing "Enhanced environmentally friendly vehicle" ("EEV") for Heavy Duty Vehicles, above 3.5 t weight, as defined in Directive 2005/55/EC (OJ L 275, 20.10.2005, p. 1) to implement it on a mandatory basis for part of the fleet. Public bodies are required to allocate minimum quota of their annual procurements (purchasing or leasing) of heavy duty vehicles to vehicles meeting the Enhanced environmentally friendly vehicle performance standard.
The clean vehicle procurement obligation proposed in this Directive is limited, in a first stage, to vehicles above 3.5 t weight in order to allow the smooth introduction of environmental award criteria into the vehicle procurement process and to prepare public bodies and industry for a possible extension to other vehicle categories in later s

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Record Number: 7263 / Last updated on: 2006-03-21
Category: COM DOCUMENT