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France announcing “clean vehicle” program

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:

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