16 September 2003

The government of France announced a “clean vehicle” program to stimulate development of transportation technologies with low greenhouse gas and low pollutant emission. The government will provide additional funding of €40 million over a 5 year period. The program will be coordinated by the Ministry of Environment, in cooperation with Ministries of Research, Transport and Industry.

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Combined with existing government programs and with contributions from the industry, the national clean vehicle research spendings are estimated at €155 million over the period 2003-2004. The priority research areas are:

  • Engines and fuels, including combustion and aftertreatment (catalysts) research (€11M)
  • On-vehicle storage of electric power (€7.6M)
  • Urban transport of goods technologies, including freight trains and urban trucks (€7.5M)
  • Fuel cells (€5.8M)
  • Noise reduction (€4.8M)
  • Reduction of energy consumption for air-conditioning (€1.8M)

The program also includes a number of measures aimed at reducing emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases from existing vehicle fleets, with a focus on vehicles operated in urban areas.

In 2001 in France, road transport was responsible for 24% of the greenhouse gas emissions, 50% of NOx emissions, and 25% of fine particulate emissions, according to Mrs. Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin, the Minister of Environment.

Source: French Ministry of Environment