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The steady growth in freight transport by truck presents a challenge to efforts at reducing hazardous air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Though most countries have fuel economy standards for passenger vehicles, as of 2011 only Japan and the United States have set efficiency and GHG emission standards for heavy-duty vehicles.

Most heavy-duty vehicles are powered by diesel engines that, without pollution controls, can emit high levels of other pollutants that contribute to global warming  and local air pollution.  For example, uncontrolled diesel vehicles produce high levels of particulate matter, a fraction of which has a warming effect, and nitrogen oxides, which are an ingredient of ozone (also known as smog), an important greenhouse gas. These pollutants are associated with bronchitis, asthma, and other lung diseases, and are responsible for millions of premature deaths worldwide. In 2013, the World Health Organization classified diesel exhaust as carcinogenic to humans, based on evidence of an increase in lung cancer after long-term exposure.

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Stakeholder workshop report on tractor-trailer efficiency technology, 2015-2030
Reports on the workshop “Emerging Technologies for Heavy-Duty Vehicle Fuel Efficiency” convened in July 2014 by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy and the International Council on Clean Transportation.
Workshop report
Cost-Benefit Analysis of Mexico’s Heavy-duty Emission Standards (NOM 044)
Results, methods, and underlying assumptions of an ICCT analysis conducted to support the decision-making process for updating NOM 044, demonstrating the cost-effectiveness of matching EPA 2010 or Euro VI requirements to reduce...
Working paper
Integrating trailers into HDV regulation: Benefit-cost analysis
Builds on recent research on the integration of trailers into HDV fuel consumption and GHG emissions regulations to conclude that the U.S. Phase 2 rule presents an opportunity to capture substantial and highly cost-effective...
White paper
 

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ARB Newsclips for October 1, 2014.

Volkswagen XL1-based XL Sport concept powered by Ducati V2 joins Passat GTE plug-in hybrid on Paris stage
Volkswagen XL Sport concept. Click to enlarge. On the...

Are you ready for a three-wheeled car? "Autocycle" promises affordable <b>fuel economy</b>
2014-10-01T14:17:00Z Are you ready for a three-wheeled car?...

Goodyear introduces new 'game changer,' fuel-efficient tire
Goodyear said the Fuel Max LHD G505D improves truck fuel economy...

Press roundup, September 2014
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[Press release] Gap between reported and actual fuel economy higher than ever before
The gap between official and real world fuel-economy figures has...

[Press release] Announcement of Global Green Freight Action Plan
On September 23, at the UN Secretary General's Climate...

Black Carbon Expert Tami Bond Awarded 2014 MacArthur "Genius" Grant
Today the ICCT celebrates the announcement that Tami Bond, a...

From the ICCT Blogs

Canada's Environment Minister announces new regulatory measures for vehicles and fuels
Three new regulatory initiatives announced by Minister Leona Aglukkaq will reduce GHG emissions and improve the environmental performance of both the light- and heavy-duty vehicle fleets.
Staff Blog
A trend that can’t continue: The gap between official and real CO2 reductions from Europe’s passenger car fleet keeps growing
We've just released an update to our study of the discrepancy between offiical and real-world CO2 emissions from passenger cars in the EU. The bad news: the gap continues to increase, and at an accelerating rate: for private cars it rose to 31 percent in 2013, and for company cars (a large proportion of the fleet in Europe) the gap is even greater, 45 percent in 2013.
Staff Blog
Here’s one way to waste a lot less of our newfound natural gas resources
In contrast to crude oil tankers or containerships, whose operating costs only marginally affect the total cost of the goods they carry, LNG carriers represent more than 20% of total “door-to-door” trade costs. They could be a lot more efficient.
Staff Blog

The Staff

Fanta Kamakaté
Fanta Kamakaté
Chief Program Officer
Nic Lutsey
Nic Lutsey
Program Director / US Co-Lead
Rachel Muncrief
Rachel Muncrief
Heavy-Duty Vehicles Lead
Benjamin Sharpe
Benjamin Sharpe
Senior Researcher / Canada Lead