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ACEA study shows truck efficiency could be doubled through 'integrated approach'

Tue 16 February 2016 | Back to news list

The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) has released the findings of a study by Transport and Mobility Leuven (TML) which says that when compared with a ‘new vehicle only’ approach, the integrated approach has the potential to double the annual CO2 reduction rate from trucks, to up to 3.5%.
 
The study entitled ‘Greenhouse gas reduction measures for the road freight transport sector: An integrated approach to reducing CO2 emissions from heavy goods vehicles in Europe’, has been endorsed by a consortium of 16 road transport stakeholders.

The TML study was originally published in September 2014. Based on its results, a consultation process was initiated by ACEA between November 2014 and June 2015. This process brought together the relevant stakeholders representing the different aspects of the integrated approach - vehicles and trailers; fuels and alternative fuels; operations (infrastructure and logistics). The objective of the process was to review the results of the original study and to validate and/or adapt its findings as relevant.

Though some adaptions were made, the overall results largely stayed the same. The final validated outcomes show that, when compared with a ‘new vehicle only’ approach, the integrated approach has the potential to double the annual CO2 reduction rate from trucks, to up to 3.5%.

ACEA says the study shows that further improving the technology of new vehicles is just part of the picture.

Both the validated study as well as ACEA’s position paper, ‘Reducing CO2 from heavy-duty vehicles’, were launched at an event entitled ‘Reducing CO2 from road transport together’ held in Brussels.

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