European Union greenhouse gas reduction potential for heavy-duty vehicles

To support development of a European Union (EU) strategy for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the heavy-duty vehicle (HDV) sector, the report entitled “Reduction and Testing of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions from Heavy Duty Vehicles – Lot 1: Strategy” was prepared for the European Commission by AEA and Ricardo.1 The report itemized the potential fuel efficiency improvement technologies that may be applied to various HDV segments and assessed their fuel consumption and CO2 benefits and their costs. Technologies were applied, as appropriate, to eight vehicle segments: Service, Urban Delivery, Municipal Utility, Regional Delivery, Long Haul, Construction, Bus, and Coach. The GHG reductions in each segment were calculated based on the benefits offered by applying the technologies to today’s vehicles. Through scenario projections, a major conclusion of the report was that total GHG emissions from the HDV fleet are unlikely to be reduced significantly below 2010 levels by 2030

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