Title: CO2 benefit from the increasing percentage of diesel passenger cars in Switzerland

Authors: Efthimios Zervas, Georgios Bikas, T. Zachariadis

Addresses: CPERI/CERTH, 6 km Charilaou-Thermi, 57001 Thermi, Greece. ' Hyundai Motor Europ Technical Centre GmbH, Hyundai Platz, 65428 Russelsheim, Germany. ' Economics Research Centre, University of Cyprus, P.O. Box 20537, 1678 Nicosia, Cyprus

Abstract: One efficient way to decrease CO2 emissions is to replace gasoline passenger cars by diesel cars. The paper examines the benefit of CO2 emissions in the case of an increased diesel penetration in Switzerland, according to several scenarios assuming different future passenger car registrations and fuel consumption. The results show that a significant CO2 benefit can be achieved if a diesel penetration of more than 30% or 50% occurs. Future CO2 emissions from the transport sector can be partially controlled with increased diesel car sales, improved fuel consumption and replacement of heavy cars by lighter ones.

Keywords: carbon dioxide emissions; diesel cars; exhaust emissions; fuel consumption; gasoline; Switzerland; passenger cars; environmental pollution; lighter vehicles; vehicle emissions; automobile industry; automotive fuels.

DOI: 10.1504/IJETM.2009.021581

International Journal of Environmental Technology and Management, 2009 Vol.10 No.1, pp.102 - 118

Published online: 30 Nov 2008 *

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