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ICCT wins 2017 Climate and Clean Air Award for Transformative Action

Bonn, November 12, 2017: The 2017 Climate and Clean Air Award for Transformative Action has gone to the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), for its initiative to conduct checks of...
Published 2017.11.12: News

A step forward in Europe on measuring in-use vehicle emissions

[This post originally appeared on the TRUE initiative website, www.trueinitiative.org, 16 Oct 2017] On 28 September 2017 three Members of the European Parliament, Kathleen Van Brempt (Beligum),...In September three MEPs convened a fruitful discussion on using remote sensing technology to measure pollutant emissions in vehicle exhaust in Europe’s cities.
Published 2017.10.23: Blog Post

Road tested: Comparative overview of real-world versus type-approval NOX and CO2 emissions from diesel cars in Europe

In September 2015, when the news broke about the illegal defeat device used by Volkswagen in the United States, no systematic overview of real-world NOx emission levels by vehicle manufacturer and...
Published 2017.09.03: Publication

Will the future RDE regulation be enough to restore trust in diesel technology?

The Volkswagen Group (including Audi and Porsche), Opel, Fiat, Renault, and now Daimler are recalling millions of diesel vehicles for a software update. All of these manufacturers claim their...The success of the RDE regulation will depend on the will of manufacturers to prove that they have learned a lesson from Dieselgate by beginning to focus on reducing real-world emissions, not just on...
Published 2017.08.30: Blog Post

Real-world emissions testing on four vehicles

We commissioned the Laboratory of Applied Thermodynamics, of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and its spin-off company, Emisia, to investigate real-world emissions of four Euro 6 passenger...
Published 2017.08.29: Publication

Declining diesel car share not a hurdle for meeting the European Union’s CO2 reduction targets, instead helps reduce compliance costs for manufacturers [press release]

In the aftermath of the Dieselgate scandal, the market share of diesel cars in Europe is declining. The average diesel passenger car emits less carbon dioxide (CO2) than a comparable gasoline car...
Published 2017.07.05: News

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Published 2017.06.29: Event

Laboratory and on-road emission testing of in-use passenger vehicles in India

Considering the overwhelming evidence of high in-use NOx emissions from diesel cars in Europe and the US, the impact of NOx emissions in human health, and the growing numbers of new diesel passenger...
Published 2017.06.26: Publication

Impacts and mitigation of excess diesel NOx emissions in 11 major vehicle markets

A new study published online May 15 in the journal Nature quantifies the global health and environmental burden of real-world diesel NOx emissions in 11 major vehicle markets. The study found that...
Published 2017.05.22: Event

Impacts and mitigation of excess diesel NOx emissions in 11 major vehicle markets

Access publication here: Nature, 25 May 2017, doi:10.1038/nature22086 Nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions from diesel cars, trucks, and buses are a major contributor to air pollution-related deaths...
Published 2017.05.15: Publication

New study quantifies global health, environmental impacts of excess nitrogen oxide emissions from diesel vehicles

Diesel vehicles in major markets produce over 50% more NOx than official certification limits indicate Study links these excess NOx emissions to ~38,000 premature deaths worldwide in 2015—mostly in...
Published 2017.05.15: News

Why are EU manufacturers claiming their defeat devices are not defeat devices?

I am completely befuddled. Once again, a European manufacturer has admitted they change emission control calibrations to increase emissions under normal driving conditions – but somehow they seem to...PSA has admitted to changing emission control calibrations under normal driving—but denies using banned engine software. The gaming of defeat device regulations has gone on for far too long in the EU...
Published 2017.02.10: Blog Post

Fiat-Chrysler, Renault-Nissan . . . who might be next?

The news earlier this month that the U.S. EPA had issued a Notice of Violation to Fiat-Chrysler for failing to inform the agency of several software "devices" that alter the behavior of the emissions...The current investigations might not prove that Fiat-Chrysler or Renault-Nissan used defeat devices per se, but these recalls confirm that automakers can do more than just the minimum necessary to...
Published 2017.01.30: Blog Post

[Press release] European Union: Emissions of toxic nitrogen oxides by Euro 6 diesel passenger cars are more than double modern diesel trucks'

In Europe, the average amount of nitrogen oxides (NOx) present in exhaust emissions from modern diesel passenger cars is more than double the levels from modern trucks and buses, a new paper by the...
Published 2017.01.05: News

NOx emissions from heavy-duty and light-duty diesel vehicles in the EU: Comparison of real-world performance and current type-approval requirements

More diesel vehicles are sold in Europe than in China, India, and all of the Americas combined—over 8.8 million in 2014 alone, more than double the sales in the next largest diesel market, China (...
Published 2017.01.05: Publication

On-road testing of CO2 and exhaust emissions from Euro 6 passenger cars in the EU

In 2015, the ICCT commissioned Emissions Analytics, a commercial test house specializing in testing real-world fuel consumption and emissions, to perform on-road testing of Euro 6-regulated gasoline...
Published 2016.11.14: Publication

Strengthening the regulation of defeat devices in the European Union

Although the language in the U.S. and EU regulations on vehicle emissions testing prohibiting defeat devices, and defining exemptions or exceptions, is very similar, the regulations have been...
Published 2016.08.12: Publication

Taking stock of the VW settlement agreement

On June 28, more than 9 months after the "Dieselgate" story broke, Volkswagen agreed to a $14.7 billion partial settlement designed to do three things: compensate consumers for advertising fraud;...Considering how much the likelihood of discovery and the magnitude of the consequences have increased in just nine months, it’s safe to say that the odds in favor of a genuinely cleaner...
Published 2016.07.15: Blog Post

Opel's admissions of defeat device calibrations

A little while ago I blogged about the widespread practice by automakers in the EU of reducing nitrogen oxide (NOx) emission controls at ambient temperatures below 10 °C–17 °C and after a hot restart...Opel admits to reducing vehicle emission controls based on conditions other than ambient temperature or restart. Opel says its “engines are in compliance” in Europe. But, once again, they would not...
Published 2016.06.15: Blog Post

Briefing on the EU Vehicle Emissions Testing Scheme

ICCT organized this briefing in collaboration with Daniel Dalton, MEP, in view of the ongoing discussions over the type-approval framework regulation, to provide Members of the European Parliament...
Published 2016.06.04: Event

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