Heavy-duty trucks are proportionately the most polluting
Heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs) account for only 2% of all road vehicles, yet they contribute 27% of all CO2 emissions. And this proportion is increasing. While greenhouse gas emissions in Europe have decreased every year during the last decade, emissions from HDVs have increased every year since 2014, except for brief reductions during lockdowns. Since 1990, emissions from HDVs have increased by 25%.
Of all HDVs, trucks are responsible for more than 85% of emissions and the share of all emissions from heavy-duty trucks has grown by 5% between 2000 and 2019.
Achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 will require huge reductions in HDV emissions
Meeting the global objective of carbon neutrality by 2050, to which the EU and the UK are committed will require a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of 90% from road transport overall. While the uptake of electric cars and other small vehicles is rapidly gaining pace, this is not true for heavy-duty trucks. And other forms of green technology for trucks, such as hydrogen fuel cells, are likely to be some way off.
EU targets for CO2 reductions require early and significant reductions by heavy-duty trucks in particular. Targeted reductions are required from trucks of 15% by 2025 (despite the fact that these emissions are still rising) and 30% by 2030. Few observers believe these targets are likely to be met, certainly in the short term.
The addvantage system can deliver almost all the reduction required by 2030, immediately.
The addvantage technology, easily retrofitted to any heavy-duty truck, is proven to deliver a reduction in CO2 emissions of 23%. For individual operators, in the absence of any other widely available technology, this provides a significant stepping stone towards their carbon reduction targets. In addition to reducing CO2 emissions, the addvantage system also delivers fuel-cost savings of 13%.
If mandated, adoption of the addvantage technology would meet, overnight, the 2025 EU target of a 15% reduction in CO2 emissions from heavy-duty trucks. In fact, it would deliver more than 80% of the reduction required by the 2030 target reduction of 30% from heavy duty trucks.