Lithuania joins the international initiative to promote the target of zero emissions of medium and heavy-duty vehicles and related infrastructure. This was set out in the International Memorandum of Understanding initiated by the Kingdom of the Netherlands and signed in Lithuania by the Minister of Transport and Communications Marius Skuodis during the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) in Egypt.
“The future undoubtedly belongs to sustainable and clean transport. I am delighted that already more than two thirds of Lithuania’s freight fleet involved in international transport is made up of Euro 6 trucks, which are currently the least polluting fossil fuel trucks on the market. We believe that strengthening cooperation with international partners will help to achieve the overall goal of ensuring climate-neutral transport by 2050,” says Minister of Transport and Communications M. Skuodis.
The signatories of the Memorandum intend to work together to identify viable pathways and actions needed to ensure that zero-emission vehicles account for 30% of all new sales by 2030. The aim will also be to enable a full transition to zero-emission medium and heavy-duty vehicles in new fleets by 2040, to facilitate achievement of net-zero emissions by 2050.
14 countries have already acceded to the Memorandum: Austria, Canada, Chile, Denmark, Finland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom and Uruguay.
As of October 2022, a total of over 100 thousand heavy freight vehicles were registered in Lithuania, 96 percent of which are diesel-fuelled. Currently, there are 2 electric trucks and 456 buses (of which about 400 are trolleybuses) registered.