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Road transport today & tomorrow

Transportation is one of the major sources of emissions. In 2018, road transportation in the European Union (EU-27) produced the equivalent of 786 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide (Mt CO2e)1 which represents 73% of all transport emissions in Europe.  Addressing emissions from road transport is thus paramount in reducing the climate impact of mobility. 

The road to reducing greenhouse gas emissions requires several parallel paths. It is all about prioritising and making choices. According to a European Commission Impact Assessment Study2, internal combustion engines would still power the majority of vehicles in 2030 even in the model that assumes the fastest shift to electric vehicles. For heavy goods vehicles, diesel would still be by far the most commonly used fuel.3 When it comes to addressing road transport emissions, renewable diesel continues to provide a cost-efficient solution for the existing diesel fleet.

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Electric and hybrid electric vehicles are becoming increasingly popular, battery electric and plug-in hybrid passenger cars accounted for 23%4 of the sales of all passenger cars in 2020. However, most vehicles on the road today and for years to come use internal combustion engines. Many passenger cars and the overwhelming majority of goods vehicles are powered by diesel engines. Advanced biofuels, such as Neste MY Renewable Diesel are immediately available solutions that can enable transport to meet the 2030 GHG emission reduction objectives. The recent Smart & Sustainable Mobility strategy5 goal of 30 million EVs on the road in the EU represents only 12% of the fleet, thus a solution is needed to reduce GHG emissions of the majority of vehicles.

Passenger cars per fuel type in the EU - 2019

  • 3.4% Alternative fuels
  • 0.4% Battery electric
  • 0.8% Plug-in hybrid electric
  • 42.3% Diesel
  • 52.9% Petrol

Light goods vehicles per fuel type in the EU - 2019

  • 2.4% Alternative fuels
  • 0.3% Battery electric
  • 0.0% Plug-in hybrid electric
  • 7.8% Petrol
  • 89.5% Diesel 

Buses per fuel type in the EU - 2019

  • 3.3% Alternative fuels
  • 0.6% Battery electric
  • 0.7% Plug-in hybrid electric
  • 0.8% Petrol
  • 94.5% Diesel

Trucks per fuel type in the EU - 2019

  • 2.9% Alternative fuels
  • 0.4% Battery electric
  • 0.1% Plug-in hybrid electric
  • 0.1% Petrol 
  • 96.5% Diesel

Freight Transport

Road freight transport is the backbone of the European economy and is essential to the integrated European logistics and transport system. Road transport is by far the most important mode of freight transport and delivers goods across Europe in a fast, efficient, flexible and cost-effective way. Road transport is also set to increase over the coming decades: a conservative estimate projects a 30% increase in transport activity in the next 20 years.6 However, it is also a major source of emissions; substantial progress has been made in reducing emissions but more solutions are needed to meet emissions reduction goals. According to a European Commission’s Impact Assessment7, the majority of heavy goods vehicles in 2030 will be diesel-powered. Neste MY Renewable Diesel can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90%* over the life cycle of the fuel compared to fossil diesel, today.

Road transport accounts for 75.3% of total inland freight transport8.

There are 6.2 million medium and heavy commercial vehicles on the road in the EU9.

The average age of trucks in the European Union is 13 years10.

97% of the EU heavy goods vehicle fleet is diesel-powered11.

Heavy goods vehicles are responsible for around one quarter of CO2 emissions from the transport sector12.

Freight travels more than 1.7 trillion kms on the European roads13.

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