European fleets will be legally obliged to play their part in helping Europe reduce its greenhouse gas emissions from 2013, should a new proposal from the European Commission become law.
Under an “effort sharing” directive, businesses that are not included within the EU’s emissions trading scheme will be required to play their part in reducing greenhouse gases.
The Commission found that the transport industry, which includes fleets, is among those businesses that should be immediately included in an extended emissions trading regime.
To ensure they are also obliged to slash greenhouse gas emissions, the Commission has proposed national binding targets forcing such businesses to reduce pollution.
The proposals now require European Parliament and the EU Council of Ministers approval to become law.