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Decarbonisation of Heavy Duty Vehicle Transport: Zero Emission Heavy Goods Vehicles

Announcement JRC workshop on Heavy Goods Vehicles
Oct 28 2020

The JRC's Energy Storage Unit is organising a one-day online workshop on the decarbonisation of heavy goods vehicle transport.

If our society is to undergo full decarbonisation by 2050 then this must also be achieved by the transport sector. In this regard, road freight is deemed to be particularly difficult. Technologies that could lead to full decarbonisation on the road are: Hydrogen fuel cells, Batteries and Caternary/Pantograph.

The purpose of the event will be to consider which of the options has the highest potential of environmental benefit, identify challenges (and solutions) for these technologies and consider the infrastructure developments that will be needed in each case. The emphasis of the presentations will be on Technical Readiness and cover the most recent Life Cycle Assessment / Well-to-Wheel studies of each of the options. Furthermore, the relative costs of each technology option and the associated infrastructure requirements will be considered.

The workshop will consist of four sessions:

  • Session 1: Policy Context - This session will contain an initial overview regarding the background and motivation for the workshop and the assumptions made for the purpose of discussion. The European Commission's departments  for Mobility and Transport and for Climate Action will also provide presentations to frame the workshop in terms of European Commission policies.
  • Session 2: Technology options - This session will consider the technology options for full decarbonisation of the vehicles under consideration and the infrastructure required to operate them.
  • Session 3: Comparison by Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) / Well-to-wheel studies - For each of the technology solutions LCA and techno-economic studies comparing that option to the incumbent State of the Art and other liquid fuel options will be given. Where possible, studies that compare multiple options are prioritised.
  • Session 4: Panel Discussion - The panel session will review the technological readiness of the potential solutions, their feasibility, practicality and the cost of implementing the required infrastructure. Furthermore, it will review the LCA/sustainability studies of the different options, their potential for reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental impact factors. 



Registrations closed 27/10/2020.


Programme & presentations


10:00 - 11:15: Introduction and Session 1 - Policy Context

PDF icon Introduction: Decarbonisation of Heavy-Duty Vehicle Transport- Paul Hodson, European Commission, JRC

PDF icon Heavy-Duty Vehicles CO2 Emissions: EU Policy Context- Carlos Serra, European Commission, DG CLIMA

11:30 - 12:45: Session 2 - Technology Readiness

PDF icon Truck Architecture and Hydrogen Storage- Jaime Sanchez Gallego, CNH

PDF icon BEV Readiness- Erik Nellström, Scania

PDF icon Decarbonisation of Heavy Goods Vehicles with a Catenary System: the eHighway- Armin Sue, Volkswagen


13:30 - 15:30: Session 3 - LCA and Techno-economic Assessments

PDF icon A Comparative Life-Cycle Analysis of Low GHG HGV Powertrain Technologies and Fuels - Nikolas Hill, Ricardo

PDF icon Renewable Hydrogen in Fuel Cell Heavy-Duty Trucking - Ramp up towards 2030- Reinhold Wurster, LBST

PDF icon JRC-EUCAR-Concawe Well to Wheel v5- Matteo Prussi, European Commission, JRC

PDF icon Challenges and Opportunities for Highly Electrified Heavy Duty Vehicles - Steven Wilkins, TNO

PDF icon Well to Wheel Implications of Zero Emissions Heavy-Duty Vehicles- Andrew Kotz, NREL


15:30 - 16:30: Session 4 - Panel Discussion

  • Nikolaus Steininger, European Commission, Directorate-General for Climate Action
  • Rolf DöbereinerAVL List GmbH
  • Pietro Caloprisco, FCH JU
  • Armin Sue, Volkswagen
  • Nikolas Hill, Ricardo
  • Thomas Fabian, ACEA


16:45 - 17:30: Bring your Own Cocktail Session


PDF icon Detailed Agenda & Speakers' profiles




Paul Hodson, European Commission, Joint Research Centre

Claire Depré, European Commission, Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport

Carlos Serra, European Commission, Directorate-General for Climate Action

Jaime Sanchez Gallego, Iveco/CNH

Armin Sue, Volkwagen

Erik Nellström-Montemartillo, Scania

Nikolas Hill, Ricardo

Reinhold Wurster, LBST

Steven Wilkins, TNO

Matteo Prussi, European Commission, Joint Research Centre

Andrew Kotz, NREL