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In 2030 the number of motor vehicles on the world’s roads will roughly double from what it was in 2010—from 1.4 billion to about 2.8 billion cars, trucks, motorcycles, and other vehicles. Without strong policies worldwide to improve the energy efficiency of and minimize the pollutant emissions from those vehicles, the consequences of such explosive growth for local air quality and public health, and for the global climate, will be dire.

Well-designed regulations work. For example: In the past decade, policies adopted in jurisdictions ranging from the EU to China have essentially stabilized CO2 emissions from cars and light trucks, even as the vehicle fleet has grown dramatically. But that achievement, great as it is, still falls far short of the reductions in global GHG emissions from transportation that will be needed to constrain the rise in average global temperature to 2º C.

Information is the key to putting transportation and environmental policy on a sound foundation globally. Policy makers need the data that can describe policy trajectories, illuminate the costs and benefits of different policy options, and track progress globally and in regions toward climate and health goals. The ICCT’s roadmap program develops tools and models to meet that need by identifying plausible near-term steps toward regional, national, and international climate and health goals, including GHG/fuel efficiency standards, vehicle emissions standards, in-use vehicle regulations, low-sulfur and low-carbon fuels, adoption of electric-drive vehicles, mode shift, and VKT reduction.

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A global strategy to introduce low-sulfur fuels and cleaner diesel vehicles
Presents a global strategy to reduce fine particulate (PM2.5) and black carbon emissions from the global fleet of on-road diesel vehicles by identifying 36 countries for immediate action.
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Reducing CO2 emissions from road transport in the European Union: An evaluation of policy options
Demonstrates that meeting Europe's 2030 climate and energy framework goals depends on a combination of policy measures that include CO2 standards for both cars and heavy trucks, improving vehicle testing regulations, and...
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Oil market futures: Effects of low-carbon transport policies on long-term oil prices
Oil prices will be lower in the future if low-carbon transport technologies are mass deployed, as these technologies will drive a significant reduction in global demand for oil.
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From the ICCT Blogs

The better path for the US auto industry is more efficiency technology, not less
Strong standards with long regulatory lead-times are pillars of good energy, technology, and industrial policy. Our research suggests that the better path—for technology investments, consumers, and the environment—is to keep driving forward.
Staff Blog
A surprising key to unlocking the electric vehicle market: Utilities
One increasingly important – and perhaps unexpected – leader in the quest to figure things out may be your local electric power utility. Utilities are starting to see how the flexibility of electric vehicles can turn them into an asset for making the grid more efficient and profitable.
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Quibbles over the perfect way to measure black carbon emissions from ships are keeping us from commonsense moves to control them
Without regulation, it’s unlikely that the international maritime shipping sector will voluntarily find ways to cut black carbon emissions, despite the climate benefit. Thus, we need to move on from quibbling about the “perfect” measurement method and start debating the opportunities to cut black carbon control emissions. But we must move quickly. Because the Arctic we’re aiming to protect can’t keep its cool much longer.
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The Staff

Katherine Blumberg
Katherine Blumberg
Senior Fellow / Mexico Lead
Cristiano Façanha
Cristiano Façanha
Roadmap, Green Fright and Brazil Lead
Nic Lutsey
Nic Lutsey
Program Director / US Co-Lead