Mak­ers go green

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Big Wheels -

Europe’s mak­ers of com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles have come to­gether in the in­ter­est of the en­vi­ron­ment and is­sued a blue­print for the fu­ture. The Vi­sion 20-20 plan is­sued jointly by Daim­ler, DAF, Iveco, MAN, Sca­nia and Volvo says shap­ing the fu­ture of trans­porta­tion is a col­lec­tive chal­lenge.

‘‘Our di­rect con­tri­bu­tion is a fur­ther de­crease in fuel con­sump­tion by mod­ern trucks by an av­er­age 20 per cent a tonne/kilo­me­tre by 2020,’’ Daim­ler Trucks’ An­dreas Ren­schler says. ‘‘In ad­di­tion our in­dus­try will ac­tively help strike a bal­ance be­tween mo­bil­ity and en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion through a part­ner­ship with po­lit­i­cal leaders, the fuel in­dus­try, trans­porters, ve­hi­cle op­er­a­tors, and driv­ers.’’

The strat­egy fits in with the re­cently de­fined EU ob­jec­tive to re­duce over­all green­house gas emis­sions by 20 per cent to­wards 2020.

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