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The European Commission proposal for heavy-duty vehicle CO2 standards sets fair, far-sighted, and achievable targets

The European Commission today proposed carbon dioxide (CO2) emission standards for heavy-duty vehicles. It is Europe’s first attempt at setting mandatory targets for reducing the greenhouse gas...
Published 2018.05.17: News

Fuel consumption testing of tractor-trailers in the European Union and the United States

The ICCT commissioned the Institute for Internal Combustion Engines and Thermodynamics of the Graz University of Technology and the Center for Alternative Fuels, Engines, and Emissions at West...
Published 2018.05.15: Publication

CO2 emissions and fuel consumption standards for heavy-duty vehicles in the European Union

Heavy-duty vehicles in the European Union so far have not been subject to carbon dioxide emissions or fuel-consumption standards, making Europe the largest market without mandatory limits for such...
Published 2018.05.06: Publication

How to think about vehicle bans: An update after two major European judicial decisions

In August and again in December of last year, I was asked to speak about the implications of the surprising surge in public announcements of future bans on certain types of vehicles. At the time, I...There has been a surprising surge in announcements by cities and national governments of future bans on certain types of vehicles. These bans are a signal of growing political will, impatience with...
Published 2018.05.02: Blog Post

ICCT part of a research group awarded the European Commission's Horizon Prize

Berlin, 16 April 2018— The European Commission today awarded a research consortium made up of the Danish Clean-Tech company Amminex (owned by Faurecia), the British catalyst manufacturer Johnson...
Published 2018.04.17: News

ICCT erhält Forschungs-Preis der Europäischen Kommission für die erfolgreichste Nachrüstung eines Euro 5 Diesel-Pkws

Die unabhängige Forschungsorganisation International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) erhielt heute, als Teil eines Forschungs-Konsortiums, den „Horizon“-Preis der Europäischen Kommission für...
Published 2018.04.17: News

Comparison of fuel consumption and emissions for representative heavy-duty vehicles in Europe

The ICCT commissioned the Institute for Internal Combustion Engines and Thermodynamics of the Graz University of Technology (TU Graz) to conduct track and chassis dynamometer testing to determine the...
Published 2018.04.08: Publication

A no-regrets option: What discussions in the European Parliament spotlight about a light-duty 2025–2030 CO2 standard for the EU

Recently I attended a workshop in the European Parliament on CO2 standards for new passenger cars and vans for 2025–2030, organized by the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (...Although there is broad agreement on what steps need to be taken regarding CO2 standards for new passenger cars and vans, the regulatory proposal from the European Commission is far from actually...
Published 2018.04.04: Blog Post

Diesel car sales decline will have negligible impact on attainment of European CO2 emission standards

The share of diesel vehicles among new car registrations in the EU decreased from a peak of 55% in 2011 to 49% in 2016. Recent data indicate that diesel shares continued to fall in 2017 and early...
Published 2018.03.18: Publication

Practical lessons in vehicle efficiency policy: The 10-year evolution of France's CO2-based bonus-malus (feebate) system

As we've pointed out in the past (for example, here and here), feebate systems can be an effective policy tool for promoting vehicle efficiency and reducing both fuel consumption and CO2 emissions....Feebate systems can be an effective policy tool for promoting vehicle efficiency. A change that France made recently to its feebate system illustrates the absolute best way to do things, while a look...
Published 2018.03.12: Blog Post

Fuel consumption simulation of HDVs in the EU: Comparisons and limitations

The CO2 certification procedures for HDVs in the EU and the United Stated use a combination of component testing and vehicle simulation to assign official CO2 emission and fuel consumption values....
Published 2018.03.06: Publication

The role of standards in reducing CO2 emissions of passenger cars in the EU

The origin of the EU vehicle CO2 regulation is by now a well-known story. European car manufacturers promised to voluntarily reduce average CO2 emissions of new cars to 140 g/km by 2008, starting in...
Published 2018.02.12: Publication

Effects of battery manufacturing on electric vehicle life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions

This briefing reviews recent research regarding greenhouse gas emissions from the manufacturing of lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles. We analyze this research in the overall context of life...
Published 2018.02.09: Publication

A comparison of induced land-use change emissions estimates from energy crops

The introduction of the first generation of biofuels made from food crops has been controversial largely due to concerns over competition for land with food crops, thus raising global crop prices and...
Published 2018.02.06: Publication

Remote sensing of motor vehicle exhaust emissions

This report provides a comprehensive overview of vehicle remote sensing, an emissions measurement technique which has been used for more than 25 years to evaluate emissions from passing motor...
Published 2018.02.01: Publication

Diesel-Pkw: Rückgang des Marktanteils bleibt ohne negative Folgen für Klimaschutzziele

Die Zahl neuer Dieselfahrzeuge nimmt deutlich ab. Im Jahresdurchschnitt lag der Dieselanteil bei Neufahrzeugen in Deutschland 2017 bei 39%. Das sind 7 Prozentpunkt weniger als 2016. Angesichts der...
Published 2018.01.30: Publication

2017 year in review: European diesel down, electric vehicles on the rise

News outlets all over the world not so long ago compiled their "best-ofs"—or more likely "worst-ofs"—lists for 2017. Here we hop on the bandwagon, albeit a bit late, and look back at the last year in...News outlets have compiled their "best-ofs"—or more likely "worst-ofs"—lists for 2017. Here we hop on the bandwagon and look back at last year in the European vehicle market. Demand for low-emission...
Published 2018.01.24: Blog Post

Comments to the European Commission on HDV CO2 standards

Written comments by ICCT to the European Commission on the potential of European diesel powered tractor-trailers to reduce the CO2 emission of on-road freight in the EU, for informing the ongoing...
Published 2018.01.23: News

EU HDVs: Cost effectiveness of fuel efficiency technologies for long‑haul tractor‑trailers in the 2025‑2030 timeframe

In the European Union, CO2 emissions from commercial vehicles grew much faster than from passenger vehicles from 1990 to 2014. Trucks and buses now produce about a quarter of CO2 emissions from road...
Published 2018.01.16: Publication

The European Commission regulatory proposal for post-2020 CO2 targets for cars and vans

On November 8, 2017, the European Commission (EC) published its regulatory proposal for post-2020 carbon dioxide targets for new passenger cars and light-commercial vehicles (vans). The proposed...
Published 2018.01.09: Publication

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