Climate Action

New study looks into the potential of Heavy-Duty Vehicles to reduce greenhouse gases

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Applying fuel-saving technologies to all new Heavy-Duty Vehicles (HDV) as of 2020 has the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions of HDV in 2030 to 28 % below 2030 projected business-as-usual levels, finds a study published by the European Commission today and financed by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT).

The study is based on a comparison between HDV technologies offered in the United States and those offered in the EU, as many of the vehicle and engine manufacturers that sell products in the US are EU-based and thus technologies are expected to be similar.

It draws from the data gathered for a previous study (by AEA-Ricardo, see link below) and supplements the analysis with additional input gathered from original equipment manufacturers by the US National Research Council (NRC) and TIAX consultants.

This analysis finds that across the eight vehicle segments examined, potential vehicle-level greenhouse gas benefits from all technologies available during the years 2015-2020 range from 30 to 52 % and are slightly higher than the EU benefits reported by AEA-Ricardo and lower than the US benefits reported by NRC.

The Commission is grateful to the International Council on Clean Transportation that has financed this study.