Continental Launches Microsite Detailing the Latest CO₂ Emissions Regulations


Continental has just launched a microsite containing useful information about the latest CO₂ emissions regulation for heavy goods vehicles and the simulation tool for trucks called VECTO – short for Vehicle Energy Consumption Calculation Tool.

New Microsite Rolled Out by Continental 

To combat climate change in line with the Paris Agreement, the first carbon dioxide emissions regulations for new heavy-duty vehicles (HDV) were introduced by the European Commission in 2019 (EU Regulation 2019/1242). These will mean cutting average CO₂ emissions from new HDVs by 15 percent by 2025 and 30 percent by 2030 compared to the reference year July 2019 to June 2020. This regulation currently applies to 4x2 and 6x2 trucks with a gross vehicle weight over 16 metric tons, while a future extension of the regulation is under consideration by the European Commission.

To ensure the ambitious reduction targets are met, the Commission launched the VECTO simulation tool. On its new website about the tool, Continental aims to provide fleet managers with comprehensive information about the new regulation and its implications for them, given that tyres significantly influence fuel consumption and by that the CO₂ emissions generated by a vehicle. The website can be found here.

The microsite contains the following material:

  • Embedded videos: A video explaining how the VECTO simulation tool works and what exactly is calculated for the HDVs as well as a video about why industry and society need to act now
  • Information about business effects for fleet operators, focusing on fuel efficiency and greater transparency with regard to the purchase of a truck
  • Comprehensive infographic about the new regulation, with facts and figures on how the VECTO tool performs its calculations, which vehicles are affected, the potential of tyres to reduce fuel consumption and fleet operating costs, plus other parameters to reduce CO₂ emissions

Constantin Batsch, Head of Truck Tires Replacement at Continental’s business region Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), sees a clear need for such a microsite: “From our talks with customers we see that there is a lot of interest from fleet managers all over Europe. We know that fuel consumption and thereby CO₂ emissions will not only become more important when buying a new truck, but also when replacing tyres. So, we want to provide fleet operators with important information on how the new CO₂ regulation and the resulting changes for tyres affect their business and how they can make best use of it. We see ourselves as service consultants, especially with regard to finding the right tyre, tyre management and how this helps reduce overall operating costs and CO₂ emissions.”

The European Parliament states that 25 percent of the European Union’s CO₂ emissions from transport are generated by heavy-duty vehicles. If truck manufacturers fail to comply with the new regulations, they will incur penalty payments for each vehicle. Further regulations that could affect fleets directly are currently under discussion. 

About the author

Richard Wilson is the deputy editor for Commercial Tyre Business. Since 2015, Richard has worked as a correspondent for all of the titles across the Valebridge Publications Ltd Group namely: Retreading Business, Tyre & Rubber Recycling, The Tyreman and Truck and Bus News. Richard has worked on/off from the age of 16 for the company and whilst gaining a Bachelor's Degree in Spanish and Business Studies at Coventry University, he developed his writing skills at the University paper and more recently writing his own independent blog.


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