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The steady growth in freight transport by truck presents a challenge to efforts at reducing hazardous air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Though most countries have fuel economy standards for passenger vehicles, as of 2011 only Japan and the United States have set efficiency and GHG emission standards for heavy-duty vehicles.

Most heavy-duty vehicles are powered by diesel engines that, without pollution controls, can emit high levels of other pollutants that contribute to global warming  and local air pollution.  For example, uncontrolled diesel vehicles produce high levels of particulate matter, a fraction of which has a warming effect, and nitrogen oxides, which are an ingredient of ozone (also known as smog), an important greenhouse gas. These pollutants are associated with bronchitis, asthma, and other lung diseases, and are responsible for millions of premature deaths worldwide. In 2013, the World Health Organization classified diesel exhaust as carcinogenic to humans, based on evidence of an increase in lung cancer after long-term exposure.

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Stakeholder workshop report on tractor-trailer efficiency technology, 2015-2030
Reports on the workshop “Emerging Technologies for Heavy-Duty Vehicle Fuel Efficiency” convened in July 2014 by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy and the International Council on Clean Transportation.
Workshop report
Cost-Benefit Analysis of Mexico’s Heavy-duty Emission Standards (NOM 044)
Results, methods, and underlying assumptions of an ICCT analysis conducted to support the decision-making process for updating NOM 044, demonstrating the cost-effectiveness of matching EPA 2010 or Euro VI requirements to reduce...
Working paper
Integrating trailers into HDV regulation: Benefit-cost analysis
Builds on recent research on the integration of trailers into HDV fuel consumption and GHG emissions regulations to conclude that the U.S. Phase 2 rule presents an opportunity to capture substantial and highly cost-effective...
White paper
 

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Under Theat, Flight May Be Best Response for Trees
A refuge won’t save the threatened whitebark pine from climate...

New Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG To Deliver Up To 503 HP: Official
In addition to class-leading output, the new C63 AMG is also...

Gevo shipping bio-isobutanol in railcar volumes; coming equipment to boost volume
Gevo, Inc. has begun to produce and to ship isobutanol in...

Peugeot showcasing QUARTZ plug-in hybrid crossover concept at Paris
Peugeot QUARTZ Concept. Click to enlarge. Peugeot will...

Black Carbon Expert Tami Bond Awarded 2014 MacArthur "Genius" Grant
Today the ICCT celebrates the announcement that Tami Bond, a...

[Press release] Even with Global Shift to Mass Transit, Best-Practice Standards for Clean Vehicles and Fuels Key to Curbing Health Impacts
Released by the University of California, Davis and...

Green Freight at the UNSG Climate Summit next week
At the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Summit in New York...

Press roundup, August 2014
Hydrocarbon Processing 08/01 Innovative...

From the ICCT Blogs

Here’s one way to waste a lot less of our newfound natural gas resources
In contrast to crude oil tankers or containerships, whose operating costs only marginally affect the total cost of the goods they carry, LNG carriers represent more than 20% of total “door-to-door” trade costs. They could be a lot more efficient.
Staff Blog
Is the Renewable Fuel Standard inadvertently driving up U.S. palm oil imports?
About a third of all U.S. soybean oil goes into biodiesel that the RFS requires to be blended into diesel fuel. That's soybean oil that's no longer available to use in food products, leading to rising imports of palm oil—probably not a good trade for the climate or the environment.
Staff Blog
此消彼长的新能源汽车市场(2014上半年更新)
2014年上半年中国电动汽车销量明显提升,近期各项新政的出台再次给电动车市场的扩张强有力的支持。此外,世界两大电动车市场发生了有趣的变化,瑞典的电动车销量陡然上升,其他市场较为稳定。原因为何?我们观察了几个比较有趣的市场。
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The Staff

Fanta Kamakaté
Fanta Kamakaté
Chief Program Officer
Nic Lutsey
Nic Lutsey
Program Director / US Co-Lead
Rachel Muncrief
Rachel Muncrief
Heavy-Duty Vehicles Lead
Benjamin Sharpe
Benjamin Sharpe
Senior Researcher / Canada Lead