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Off the hook: Europe's current ZLEV proposal would allow CO2 emissions of new combustion engine vehicles to increase

In order to promote the uptake of electrified vehicles, the European Commission included targets for zero-and low-emission vehicles (ZLEV) in its recent regulatory proposal for the time period up to...Even though targets for low- and zero-emission vehicles are an innovative approach for EU standards, they could undercut the climate benefit of the regulation. Fortunately, with some slight...
Published 2018.06.21: Blog Post

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

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

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

How well are governments enforcing vehicle emissions standards? Worldwide, the answer is: Not as well as they could be

New survey-based study shows notable disparities in compliance activities, accomplishments among most important global vehicle markets Washington DC—A new study cataloging and evaluating the efforts...
Published 2017.11.14: News

Global baseline assessment of compliance and enforcement programs for vehicle emissions and energy efficiency

As vehicle pollution and fuel efficiency regulations have become more stringent, the technologies required to mitigate emissions and reduce fuel consumption become increasingly complex. One...
Published 2017.11.14: 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

Status of policies for clean vehicles and fuels in select G20 countries

Realizing the immense opportunity to promote energy efficiency in their economies, G20 economies adopted an Energy Efficiency Action Plan that identified six focus areas for collaborative activity,...
Published 2017.08.15: Publication

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Published 2017.06.29: Event

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 of world class vehicle efficiency and emissions regulations in select G20 countries

In 2014, the G20 Energy Efficiency Action Plan prioritized the establishment of a Transport Task Group (TTG) to promote cooperation among participating G20 countries to develop domestic policies that...
Published 2017.01.25: Publication

Technology pathways for diesel engines used in non-road vehicles and equipment

Internal combustion engines are ubiquitous in today’s society. Applications for these engines cover a broad spectrum, ranging from vehicles that transport passengers and move goods to specialized...
Published 2016.09.16: Publication

The power of vehicle taxation schemes

In an earlier blog post, I wrote about the current vehicle market structure in Turkey and also mentioned that purchasing and owning a vehicle in Turkey is quite expensive, mainly due to the high...Changing the vehicle taxation scheme in Turkey from one based on engine displacement to one that uses CO2 emissions as the underlying metric would help to overcome the current market hurdle for low-...
Published 2016.08.18: Blog Post

Reducing vehicle emissions in Turkey

Turkey is one of the largest vehicle manufacturing countries in the world, and the auto industry plays a key role in the Turkish economy. For Turkey, it is of particular importance to ensure that the...
Published 2016.08.17: Publication

First look: Results of the German transport ministry's post-VW vehicle testing

In September 2015, shortly after it became known that Volkswagen applied illegal defeat devices in some of its diesel vehicles, the German Ministry for Transport (BMVI) commissioned a series of...Germany, the UK, and France last week released results of testing they commenced after VW admitted to using defeat devices to circumvent emissions tests. The situation seems even worse than expected...
Published 2016.04.25: Blog Post

Defeat devices under the U.S. and EU passenger vehicle emissions testing regulations

The paper aims to illuminate a paradox: Volkswagen and other automakers have asserted that software managing the emissions control systems on some of their vehicles, which they acknowledge either is...
Published 2016.03.22: Publication

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