Promotion of clean and energy efficient transports

More than one year ago, the 13th and 21st of January 2008, I wrote in the blog about a new proposal for European directive. As the intention was clearly stated, to bring harmonisation by giving guidance to how to calculate the environmental impact of vehicles, I had great hopes for the directive to bring us a common view.

Today each major city have their own interpretation of environmental friendliness. Some put priority to local fuels, others to electric vehicles, a third experiment with hydrogen. Beware, I once did that too. Luckily only the instrumentation died. The market for environmental prioritised products is relatively small already. It would be beneficial for all to agree on a common view.

But, when the directive for Promotion of clean and energy efficient transports was agreed unfortunately it opens for a series of options and parameter spans that in practical terms can not bring the harmonisation. This means that the stake holders needs to agree on a method to measure and calculate life cycle emission cost as proposed in “article 5” in order to achieve the harmonisation.

About volvobuses

Adjunct Professor of Catalysis at Chalmers University of Technology. Lives in Gothenburg, Sweden, with my wife and three daughters born in 1991, 1994 and 1997. Is a passionate runner.
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