Representing the collaborative voice of the transport, fuel manufacturing, engineering, and energy sectors, several industry associations responded to the recently published briefing by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) on the assessment of alleged risks associated with crediting alternative fuels in Europe’s CO2 standards for trucks and buses.
The ICCT is an American multinational non-profit public policy think tank and research institute that provides technical, scientific, and policy analysis to environmental regulators on issues related to environmental, energy, and transportation policy. They assessed proposed mechanisms to credit alternative fuels in Europe’s CO2 standards for trucks and buses and identified potential climate risks that would dilute the emission reduction benefits of the European Commission’s proposal.
However, in their joint statement, transport, fuel manufacturing, engineering, and energy sector representatives state that the exclusive focus on Tank-to-Wheel emission calculation in the ICCT briefing is misleading – and incorrect. ICCT’s consideration of Tank-to-Wheel (TtW) emission savings only, particularly the assumption that electric trucks would consistently utilize 100% renewable electricity with zero CO2 emissions, is not correct and misleading. This oversimplification fails to account for the complexities of the entire lifecycle, including the carbon footprint associated with battery production.
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