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Support for the revision of regulation on CO2 emissions from light commercial vehicles

Service request #3 for Framework Contract on Vehicle Emissions

Road vehicles make a major contribution to transport sector CO2 emissions and the European Union has several policies in place to reduce their emissions. One of these is the regulation to reduce the CO2 emissions of light commercial vehicles (LCVs or vans), Regulation (EU) 510/2011, often referred to as "the vans regulation". This contains a number of review clauses, which require the European Commission to carry out an impact assessment on the 2020 target of 147 gCO2/km, and to assess a number of further issues. 

DG CLIMA of the Commission commissioned a consortium led by TNO to provide support to these activities. The ensuing study addresses a wide range of topics relating to this regulation, and includes the development of cost curves for different LCV segments, the evaluation of different utility parameters, a comparison with the effort needed to reduce the CO2 emissions of passenger cars, an assessment of the impact of electric vehicle penetration and calculation of the effects on the total cost of ownership and the societal abatement costs associated with the 2020 target.

CE Delft contributed to this study by developing scenarios for the market uptake of electric vehicles in this vehicle segment, and by providing support to the Commission regarding the economic aspects of the Impact Analysis. 

For more information on the vans regulation, see also:

Authors CE

Huib van Essen
Bettina Kampman
Arno Schroten

Delft, April 2012

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