Study finds that replacement programs that reduce vehicle lifetime can result in increased lifecycle CO2 emissions
Green Car Congress
FEBRUARY 1, 2011
Effects of changes in the average lifespan of ordinary passenger cars newly registered between 1990-2000 on total induced CO 2 emissions in 2000. Vehicle replacement schemes such as the “cash for clunkers” program in the US and the “scrappage scheme” in the UK have featured prominently in the economic stimulation packages initiated by many governments to cope with the global economic crisis—at least 13 countries have deployed such schemes.