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LONGRUN Mission Statement

LONGRUN’s mission is to reduce CO2 emissions in the heavy duty transport sector, and to contribute with tangible results to the EC review of CO2 emission standards in this sector starting in 2022.

CO2 emissions reduction activities during LONGRUN include six use cases of which four are focusing on advanced sustainable fuels, with low-carbon footprint on both the production level well-to-wheel (WtW effect), and carbon-content level tank-to-wheel (TtW effect): HVO, H2, fuel mixtures and bio-methane. Each of them will show the best possible TtW CO2 reduction and furthermore targets toward a WtW CO2 reduction of >80%.

CO2 emission reduction in the transport sector, particularly the long haulage sector: facts and figures

  • Road transport accounts for about 75% of goods transport on land in 2020 and is projected to increase in the coming decades. Heavy goods vehicles are the pillar of the European transport market, delivering 18 billion tons of goods per year.
  • With ever increasing traffic, citizens may be exposed to particle emissions that are invisible to the naked eye. These particles can be as small as 10 nanometers, and are found in urban areas with dense traffic.
  • Long-distance transport is a main consumer of energy and contributor to CO2 and air pollutant emissions in Europe. GHG emissions and the air quality in cities and highly populated areas are a major societal challenge. It is estimated that every year over 400 000 citizens die prematurely in the EU as a result of poor air quality: this is more than ten-fold the number of deaths by road traffic accidents. [[1]]
  • LONGRUN will deliver robust ICE engine technology for use of future fuels (HVO, dual fuel mixtures), to achieve a major (>90%) CO2 reduction well to wheel. To achieve this, the hardware and engine control will be optimised for the replacement of Diesel by alternative fuels including blending and combination of fuels (dual fuel) (e.g. alcohol/Diesel(HVO)). The replacement of Diesel-based ICEs with bio-methane also requires engine control and hardware optimisation to achieve major improvements on efficiency. Furthermore, an advanced aftertreatment system suitable for bio-methane to achieve the set targets.
  • In the LC-GV04-2019 call, the EC therefore called for a reduction of energy consumption, CO2, regulated and non-regulated emissions (to anticipate future legislation and emerging issues such as extremely fine nanoparticles) through multi–technology vehicles operated on a mix of alternative and renewable fuels as well as recuperated heat and regenerated and externally supplied electricity. The partners in LONGRUN develop robust and reliable technology and procedures in this set framework.

The review of the CO2 emission standards for heavy-duty vehicles will be starting in 2022 (known as the ‘third mobility package’ of the Commission) and LONGRUN results will be just in time to feed into and support the decision-making process.

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[1] WHO, “Ambient Air Pollution: A global assessment of exposure and burden of disease”, 2016, and EEA, “Air quality in Europe — 2017 report”, 2017, Air pollution is the biggest environmental risk to health in the EU. Each year, it causes about 400,000 premature deaths, and hundreds of billions of euro costs.