Car emissions could decline in future

18th January 2006, Comments 0 comments

18 January 2006, BRUSSELS — Between 1990 and 2030, the emission of the dangerous nitrogen oxide gas and small polluting particles from vehicles on Belgian roads could decline by 70 percent.

18 January 2006

BRUSSELS — Between 1990 and 2030, the emission of the dangerous nitrogen oxide gas and small polluting particles from vehicles on Belgian roads could decline by 70 percent.

The forecast decline comes despite the expected growth in traffic, rising from the current 80 billion kilometres per year to 100 billion in 2030.

The decrease in the emission of dangerous gases — except for carbon dioxide — is due to the anticipated technological improvements in vehicles.

The findings were presented by the Leuven-based research centre Transport & Mobility Leuven, a joint venture between the Leuven Catholic University and the Dutch research bureau TNO.

The federal government-commissioned study was presented to the Belgian car industry federation Febiac on Wednesday, newspaper 'De Tijd' reported.

The results are noteworthy because the researchers based their study on the assumption that the number of driven kilometres on Belgian roads will increase in coming decades.

In 1990, there were 60 billion kilometres driven each year, 80 billion in 2004 and an expected 100 billion in 2030. The percentage of diesel-fuelled cars will also increase.

The study also takes into account expected economic growth. They expect the increase in truck-driven kilometres will be higher than that of cars, increasing from 5.6 billion in 1990 to 11.5 billion in 2030.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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