Study: Cash-for-Clunkers Programs Should Use Fuel Economy Rather Than Age to Maximize GHG Reductions

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A study by researchers at UC Davis suggests that a properly designed vehicle scrappage (i.e., Cash for Clunkers”) program could maximize greenhouse gas emissions savings by using fuel-economy based eligibility requirements rather than age-based requirements. Vehicle scrappage schemes have been implemented in a number of countries in Europe and the US.

US cash for clunkers scheme ends

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The US car scrappage scheme know as the ‘cash for clunkers’ plan will end next week after the funds ran out. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced on Thursday that after a successful run, the cash for clunkers program will come to a close on Monday, August 24th at 8 p.m. At the same time, we’ve been able to take old, polluting cars off the road and help consumers purchase fuel efficient vehicles.”.

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More international criticism for scrappage schemes

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Yesterday we told you how the scrappage scheme proposals in the USA are coming under fire and today it is the turn of Spain’s scheme to face criticism. The Ecologistas en Accion , one of the country’s most important green groups, is claiming that the scrappage scheme is bad business. According to the group, driving a car is not only bad for the environment but it is also bad for administrations expecting to reap financial rewards.

UK Scrappage Scheme Encouraging Shift to Smaller, Fuel-Efficient Cars

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New cars bought through the UK’s scrappage incentive scheme , which began in May, emit on average 10.9% Scrappage buyers were also three times more likely than average to buy the smallest class of car—minis such as the Smart Fortwo—and a third more cars bought through the scheme were larger superminis such as the Hyundai i10. Gasoline cars account for 85% of cars bought through the scrappage scheme, a higher proportion than in the overall market (39.9%) between May and September.

Study finds that replacement programs that reduce vehicle lifetime can result in increased lifecycle CO2 emissions

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They also found that extending the lifetime of a vehicle contributed to a moderate increase in emissions of criteria pollutants (NO x , HC, and CO) during the use phase of the vehicle. 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.

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