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Lightening Up: How Less Heavy Vehicles Can Help Cut CO2 Emissions


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This report examines how lowering vehicle mass can reduce CO2 emissions from road transport. The average mass of new passenger cars in the European Union has increased by around 40% over the past four decades. Lowering vehicle mass to levels observed in the mid-1970s could reduce vehicle emissions substantially and help meet European Union targets such as the 60% reduction in transport CO2 emissions by 2050. Based on different scenarios, this study shows that mass reduction across all vehicle technologies has potential to reduce the gap between such ambitions and the current trend and would financially benefit the vehicle user.This report was developed in the context of the International Transport Forum’s Decarbonising Transport project. It is part of the International Transport Forum’s Case-Specific Policy Analysis series.These are topical studies on specific issues carried out by the ITF in agreement with local institutions.

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  • Itf, 2017. "Lightening Up: How Less Heavy Vehicles Can Help Cut CO2 Emissions," International Transport Forum Policy Papers 40, OECD Publishing.
  • Handle: RePEc:oec:itfaac:40-en
    DOI: 10.1787/ecf5b956-en

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    1. Richard Grimal, 2018. "Faut-Il Reduire L'Usage De La Voiture ? Couts Sociaux Et Benefices Environnementaux De Differents Scenarios Economiques Et Technologiques A L'Horizon 2060," Post-Print hal-02164869, HAL.

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