|Background Paper - Used vehicle Global Overview|
A UNECE/ITC-UNEP conference on “Ensuring Better Air Quality and Reduced Climate Emissions through Cleaner Used Vehicles” was planned on the occasion of the seventieth anniversary of the Committee. Reducing the emissions of the global fleet is a priority for both climate and air quality issues.
The Inland Transport Committee (ITC) and the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29), its subsidiary body, have done extensive work on technologies reducing the harmful effects of both diesel and petrol internal combustion engines, primarily on the reduction of toxic gaseous emissions and of particulate matter (expressed both in terms of particulate mass and particle number). At the same time UNEP is leading several global partnerships supporting a shift to cleaner and more efficient vehicles, including the Global Fuel Economy Initiative, eMob – promoting electric mobility, and the Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles (PCFV). The PCFV is the leading global initiative to support countries in introducing cleaner vehicles standards, which includes introducing policies to promote the import of cleaner used vehicles.
Why does the problem persist despite dramatic improvements in vehicle and fuel technology? The purpose of this one-day event is to discuss among policymakers, industry and experts a possible global approach to controlling the environmental performance of used vehicles, in order to ensure that used vehicles can contribute to better air quality and reduced climate emissions. How can such a global voluntary approach on used vehicles help the global community more effectively address emissions from vehicles in developing and transitional economies, while promoting the introduction of cleaner and modern vehicles in developing countries? Who should the primary target constituencies for this be? What is the role of the existing international regulatory framework ?
PDF Mr. Christian Friis Bach, United Nations Under-Secretary-General, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
PDF Dr. Lewis Fulton, Director, STEPS Program, Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California, Davis
PDF Mr. Rob de Jong, Head Transport Unit, UN Environment
PDF Ms. Eva Molnar, Director, UNECE Sustainable Transport Division
PDF Ms. Bettina Lorz, European Commission, DG ENV
PDF Ms. Susana Gomez-Garrido, DGT-Spain
PDF Dr.-Ing. Georg Mehlhart, Oeko-Institut e.V.
PDF Mr. Chandra Man Shrestha, Director General, Department of Transport Management, Nepal
PDF Mr. Walter Nissler, UNECE, Sustainable Transport Division
PDF Ms. Elisa Dumitrescu, Transport Unit, UN Environment
PDF Dr. Sugath Yalegama, Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs, Sri Lanka
PDF Mr. Jan Dusik, Director, UN Environment Regional Office for Europe