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Cars: Research

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 19 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 22 April 2008, Official Report, column 1894W, to the right hon. Member for East Yorkshire (Mr. Knight) on cars: research, what studies in this area conducted elsewhere in the EU her Department has evaluated. (210599)

The Department is aware of EU studies on eco-driving techniques. However, these relate to the most efficient way of driving in different traffic conditions rather than to the effects of constant speed driving. We are not aware of any specific EU studies which have been undertaken on the most economical constant driving speed.

My response of 22 April indicated that we had taken account of the results of EU research in deriving emissions factors. The principal study considered was the EU ARTEMIS programme. However data from COST 319 (MEET), COPERT 4, PARTICULATES and OSCAR programmes were also considered in deriving emissions factors.

A summary of the ARTEMIS programme is available at http://www.trl.co.uk/ARTEMIS/. Publication of the final report1 is currently pending.

Details of the COST 319 (MEET), COPERT and PARTICIPATES programmes are available at:

http://www.inrets.fr/infos/cost319/index.html

http://lat.eng.auth.gr/copert/

http://lat.eng.auth.gr/particulates/

Unfortunately the OSCAR programme website is no longer available.

1 Boulter, P.G. and McCrae, I.S. (editors) (2007). Assessment and reliability of transport emission models and inventory systems. Final Report of the 5FP EU ARTEMIS (Assessment and reliability of transport emission models and inventory systems) project. DG TREN Contract No. 1999-RD. 10429. Deliverable No. 15. TRL report UPR/IE/044/07, TRL Limited, Wokingham.