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16 July 2018

FEEM Publishes in Nature Energy


Source: Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei


Abstract

Policies to entice consumers away from fossil-fuel powered vehicles and normalize low carbon, alternative-fuel alternatives, such as electric vehicles, are vital if the world is to significantly reduce transport sector carbon emissions, according to new research.

The new study, led by IIASA researcher David McCollum and IIASA and University of East Anglia, UK, researcher Charlie Wilson, and co-authored by FEEM researchers M. Bevione, S. Carrara and J. Emmerling, is the first to take a global look at the non-financial reasons why consumers choose certain vehicles, and the long-term energy and carbon emissions implications those choices may have. It is not just the upfront costs and running costs that a consumer will look at; they will also consider attributes such as the available models and brands, comfort, acceleration, and interior space, and the availability of infrastructure such as refueling stations, which are still lacking for most types of alternative-fuel vehicles, particularly electric and hydrogen vehicles. Additionally, most consumers lack first-hand experience with these novel  technologies.

Text from a press release by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA).

The publication is an output of the EU-funded project on Advanced Model Development and Validation for Improved Analysis of Costs and Impacts of Mitigation Policies (ADVANCE) coordinated by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research.

LINK TO NATURE ENERGY ARTICLE

M. Bevione, S. Carrara, J. Emmerling
FEEM Climate and Sustainable Innovation Program

Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM), founded in 1989, is a non profit, policy-oriented, international research center and a think-tank producing high-quality, innovative, interdisciplinary and scientifically sound research on sustainable development. It contributes to the quality of decision-making in public and private spheres through analytical studies, policy advice, scientific dissemination and high-level education. Thanks to its international network, FEEM integrates its research and dissemination activities with those of the best academic institutions and think tanks around the world.

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