On the 9th of February, the Nordic Logistic Association (NLA) published its position paper on the Fit for 55 package, focusing on the AFIR, ETS and ETD proposals.
With this paper, NLA calls for a green transition that is fair, balanced and realistic, so we can all contribute to our common task to deliver on the EU Climate Law to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030. On behalf of 16.000 road transport companies who deliver road freight with approximately 85.000 heavy-duty vehicles (HDV) in the Nordics we highlight the below main messages:
- Availability and accessibility of the various alternative fuels are essential for road transport operators. Therefore, a technology-neutral approach is important to give transport operators the choice between different low carbon-based fuel options while we wait for new technologies to be ready on a larger and more competitive scale.
- The new legislation must introduce uniform measures when incentivising reduced emissions at the EU level. This will ensure a level playing field, including across competing modes of transport in the freight transport sector, and help to avoid climate dumping in Europe.
- Double and triple taxation must be avoided. An expansion of the EU ETS to cover road transport in a separate system must act in synergy with other EU and national policies. Similarly, the ETD proposal must be looked at in conjunction with the ETS proposal, as there is a significant overlap between these two proposals, which risks resulting in double/triple taxation/fees for the same CO2 emissions.