Public event: Round table on the financing of zero-emission trucks

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Higher vehicle purchase prices make it particularly difficult for small and medium-sized companies (SME) to purchase zero-emission trucks – despite a favourable total cost of ownership (TCO).

Although zero-emission trucks (ZETs) have gained substantial momentum in recent years across the EU, fleet owners and operators still face significant barriers to their adoption, including the high upfront investment costs and the uncertainty surrounding the residual value of ZETs. Financing mechanisms and innovative business models for ZET adoption must address the high upfront capital cost of both vehicles and their infrastructure since many fleet owners, particularly Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), lack the financial capacity to make large capital investments.

At the occassion of the publication of study on the financing zero-emission trucks and their infrastructure, the European Clean Trucking Alliance organised a round table on 21 March 2024 in Brussels to discuss about existing solutions and practical experiences as well as explore possible ways forward to improve access to financial mechanisms for companies purchasing zero-emission trucks.

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Thursday 21 March 2024, 14h00-16h00 CET

14h00: Keynote speech – Axel Volkery, Deputy Head of Unit “Sustainable and Intelligent Transport”, DG MOVE, European Commission

14h10: Presentation of the study: findings and recommendations – Davide Ranghetti, Principal Consultant, Ricardo Energy & Environment

14h25: Roundtable on Financing zero-emission trucks

  • Peter Boekestijn, CEO, Boekestijn Transport Service
  • Elona Kongjoni-Pappe, Senior Expert Corporate Development Clean Operations, DHL Group
  • Carla Detrieux, Business Development Director, Volta Trucks

Moderation by Tom Parke, Associate, Green Finance Institute

15h30: Q&A from the audience

15h50: Closing remarks – Sita Holtslag, Europe Director, Drive to Zero/Calstart

16h00: Networking cocktail


Axel Volkery

Acting Head of Unit "Sustainable and Intelligent Transport", DG MOVE, European Commission

Keynote speech

Davide Ranghetti

Principal Consultant, Ricardo Energy & Environment

Presentation of the study

Peter Boekestijn

CEO, Boekestijn Transport Service

Panel discussion

Elona Kongjoni-Pappe

Senior Expert Corporate Development Clean Operations, DHL Group

Panel discussion

Carla Detrieux

Business Development Director, Volta Trucks

Panel discussion

Tom Parke

Associate, Green Finance Institute (GFI)


Sita Holtslag

Europe Director, Drive To Zero / Calstart

Closing remarks