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EU Studies the Cost of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Heavy Duty Vehicles

24 September 2012: The EU has released a study discussing the marginal cost abatement curves for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions for heavy duty vehicles (HDVs). The study has been released as part of work towards an EU-wide strategy for HDV emissions reductions.

The study, titled “Marginal Abatement Cost Curves for HDVs: Background Report,” introduces the subject, outlines the methodological framework for calculation of abatement costs and provides the input values. It discusses the outputs for a variety of vehicles, including those used for: service; urban delivery; municipal delivery; regional delivery; long haul; and construction.

The study was released in the context of the EU goal to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the transport sector by 2050 by 60%. The study demonstrates “significant” break-even potential for reduction measures, when the entire lifetime of transport is taken into account. [Publication: Marginal Abatement Cost Curves for HDVs: Background Report]