News Digest Item
07 Nov 2018

Europe’s diesel boom didn’t help the climate – study

IASS / Trier University / ICCT

The rapid spread of diesel engines in Europe over the past two decades thanks to subsidies has not lowered CO2 emissions, according to a study by the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), Trier University, and the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT). If the share of diesel engines had remained at the 1995 level of 22.6 percent instead of rising to 52.1 percent in 2015, emissions would have remained essentially the same. IASS researcher Joana Leitao said the study was further proof that lower taxes and levies for diesel cars don’t make sense, and that diesel’s climate advantage was a “myth”.

Find the press release in German here and the study in English here.

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