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    Technological approaches towards reducing CO2
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    As a result of global warming and the increasing scarcity of fossil fuels, the European Union has set a goal of reducing man-made greenhouse gas emissions by 80 to 95 per cent by 2050, based on the benchmark of 1990.

    According to the policy documents from the European Commission, “Reducing greenhouse gases: a roadmap for 2050” and “Roadmap to a single European transport area: Towards a competitive and resource-efficient transport system”, the transport sector should reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 60 per cent by 2050.

    Goals set by the EU Commission

    Reducing the CO2 emissions of new passenger cars and light commercial vehicles is a central instrument at European level for lowering CO2 emissions in road transport. Based on a starting point of 154 g CO2/km in 2008, average CO2 emissions were lowered to 120 CO2/km by 2015. By 2021 CO2 emissions must be reduced to 95 g per kilometre driven. The latest proposals from the EU Commission propose that new vehicles must emit another 15 per cent less carbon dioxide by 2025 and by 2030 another 30 per cent less than in 2021.

    SHW’s contribution to reducing CO2 emissions

    SHW started addressing the issue intensively at an early stage with diverse technological approaches and the corresponding products. Now SHW possesses a broad product portfolio of low power-consumption engine components and gearbox applications that raise the efficiency of conventional powertrains as well as hybrid solutions and electric powertrains with their auxiliary devices and transmissions.

    Furthermore, SHW brake discs help to reduce vehicle weight and the unsprung mass.

    SHW is benefiting greatly from the megatrend to reduce CO2 emissions.