Decarbonising the sector, comprising more than 65 million heavy-duty vehicles and accounting for approximately 2.5% of global CO emissions, is essential to achieve global climate goals, including those set out in the 2016 Paris Agreement. IRU’s Green Compact lays out a clear roadmap to cut CO emissions by at least 3 billion tonnes annually.
“If the Green Compact is implemented to its full potential, the road transport industry could be decarbonised well before 2050. But we can’t do this alone. Governments need to join us in taking action now on the enabling investment and incentives needed for road transport operators to deliver on decarbonisation”
UMBERTO DE PRETTO
IRU Secretary General
Based on the more comprehensive well-to-wheel approach for measuring CO emissions, the Green Compact has five pillars:
- 1. Broad practical implementation of low and zero carbon fuels
- 2. More efficient logistics with wider use of Eco-trucks
- 3. Increased use of collective passenger transport with buses and coaches
- 4. More efficient vehicle technologies and shorter fleet renewal cycles
- 5. Education and training to improve driving and operational behaviour
“All countries have different transport and energy landscapes, with widely different challenges. The scalable approach in the five pillars of IRU’s Green Compact allows all regions to decarbonise road transport as rapidly and effectively as possible,” concluded Umberto de Pretto.
The Green Compact will kick off with a major public event in the coming weeks to challenge, explore and build alliances to deliver each pillar.