Fuel Consumption Guide

This page was last updated on 7th February 2020

CO2 Targets for Vans

In June 2011, Regulation EC/510/2011 entered into force.

It follows a similar format to the Regulation for cars, but applies to light-duty vans (that is N1 vehicles, under the definitions used in European legislation). It set a near-term European fleet average target of 175g CO2/km to be achieved from 2017 (phased-in from 2014).  A longer-term target of 147g CO2/km has been set from 2020. In 2019, new targets were agreed as part of Regulation EC 631/2019 mandating a 15% CO₂ reduction by 2025 and a 31% CO₂ reduction by 2030, using a 2021 baseline. Different arrangements apply to manufacturers registering fewer than 22,000 vans in any given calendar year.

In the UK, a number of measures have been introduced to promote the purchase of zero-emission vans.

  • Zero emission vans currently pay 60% of the van  benefit charge for vans which emit CO2. In Budget 2014 the Government announced this support will be extended to 5 April 2022 on a tapered basis;
  • Electric vans are also exempt from the van fuel benefit charge, as electricity is not a fuel;
  • Since 2012, the Government has offered grants of up to £8000 off the price of an ULEV van;
  • In January 2017, OLEV and Innovate UK awarded £20m of grant funding to 20 winning projects through the Low Emission Freight and Logistics Trial. The aim is to demonstrate and encourage the widespread introduction of new low and zero emission vehicle technologies for commercial fleets in the UK;
  • The Plug-in Van Grant pays for 20% of the purchase price for eligible vehicles, up to a maximum of £8,000. Since late 2016 up to £4m funding has been available for low emission vans and HGVs between 3.5 and 44 tonnes, which are now eligible for plug-in grants worth up to £20,000 for the first 200 vehicles purchased using the grant.