Brussels, Belgium – The European Council of Ministers has adopted a new directive that will require clean, energy-efficient road transport vehicles for use by public authorities. The directive aims to stimulate the market for clean and efficient vehicles, and to prompt development and investment by the industry.

The new measures extend to all purchases of road transport vehicles by public authorities, or by transport operators charged with public service obligations.

The directive requires that energy and environmental impacts linked to the operation of vehicles over their entire lifetime be taken into account in purchase decisions, including energy consumption, and emissions of CO2, nitrogen oxide, non-methane hydrocarbons, and particulate matter. Purchasers may also consider other environmental effects.

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