A global strategy to introduce low-sulfur fuels and cleaner diesel vehicles

Published: 2016.11.28

Chris Malins, Drew Kodjak, Sebastian Galarza, Sarah Chambliss, Ray Minjares (ICCT) and Elisa Dumitrescu, Rob de Jong, Jane Akumu, Veronica Ruiz-Stannah and Bert Fabian (United Nations Environment Programme)

Diesel engines power the dominant share of goods movement, construction equipment, and public transport vehicles in the global economy. This report presents a global strategy to reduce fine particulate (PM2.5) and black carbon emissions from the global fleet of on-road diesel vehicles. The strategy identifies 36 countries for immediate action. These actions include: changes to specifications of imported fuels, changes to specifications of refined fuels, adoption of emission standards for new vehicles, and city-based introduction of cleaner fuels and vehicles in targeted fleets. Successful implementation of the strategy would prevent an estimated 500,00 annual premature deaths in the year 2050. The estimated benefits of this strategy would exceed projected costs by a factor of 16.

This link leads to a presentation by ICCT and UNEP on reasons why the world should reduce black carbon emissions from diesel vehicles and outlines the strategy to do so via the Global Sulfur Strategy. The presentation was delivered at the 18th meeting of the CCAC Working Group Meeting in Paris, France on September 21, 2016 

Click here for more information on the Global Sulfur Strategy and click here to download the full paper (.pdf) prepared by the Heavy Duty Diesel Initiative of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition.