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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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Recently Released

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.
Consulting report
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...
Working paper
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.
Consulting report

From the ICCT Blogs

Maximizing aircraft fuel efficiency: Make sure the economics add up
Richard Golaszewski's insights on what a successful clean-sheet aircraft program looks like—from research and development to sales, what made it successful, and what makes sense for manufacturers and airlines today to repeat that success.
Staff Blog
The IMO just took a significant step toward reducing the use of heavy fuel oil in the Arctic
The IMO will consider concrete proposals on ways to reduce the risks of HFO at the next meeting of its Marine Environment Protection Committee, MEPC 72 in April 2018. A decision on what should be done to mitigate the risks of HFO could come as early as 2019.
Staff Blog
Where does the U.S. stand on biofuels now?
The messages on cost, greenhouse gas emissions, and latitude in interpreting the statute may not be entirely consistent, but one thing is clear: U.S. EPA is now intent on dialing down RFS obligations, and that is a real change.
Staff Blog

The Staff

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