CO2 control by means of the increased penetration of diesel passenger cars in Finland

E. Zervas, S. Poulopoulos, C. Philippopoulos, G. Bikas

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One efficient way to control the CO2 emissions from the transport sector is the replacement of gasoline passenger cars by Diesel ones, which emit less CO2. This can be more effective in Finland, where the Diesel penetration is only 13.6%, which is very low compared to the other member countries of the European Union. The benefit in CO2 emitted from the new passenger cars is studied in the case of an increased Diesel penetration in this country, after several scenarios using the current and estimated future passenger car registrations and the fuel consumption. The results show that, in the case of new passenger cars, a CO2 benefit of more than 2.6% can be achieved, if a Diesel penetration higher than 30% occurs in the case of the current fleet. If the penetration reaches 50%, this benefit reaches 5.9%. Future total CO2 emissions from transport sector will increase significantly and can be partially controlled by the introduction of Diesel passenger cars or the replacement of heavy passenger cars by lighter ones.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)174-182
Number of pages9
JournalGlobal Nest Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2008


  • Carbon dioxide
  • Diesel
  • Finland
  • Gasoline
  • Passenger cars

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)


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