RACER Project

Rapid Acceleration of Car Emission Reductions (RACER)

This project is being led by Tyndall Manchester. It aims to examine what potential exists for the rapid reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from the UK’s passenger car sector through incremental car technology improvements and changes in the sector’s political economy. Outcomes from the project will include a set of emissions reductions pathways for the sector, a taxonomy of interventions designed to meet one or more of the pathways, and a set of recommendations for the uptake of interventions by stakeholders across the socio-technical system.

Project Objectives

About 15% of UK emissions are produced by the passenger car sector, and so far the sector has underperformed in meeting the UK’s climate goals; initial estimates indicate that the sector could deliver fleet wide reductions of around 50% within a decade. The vision for RACER is to develop emissions reductions pathways for UK car fleet that are in line with current climate science and international climate agreements, and then evaluate the different ways in which those pathways can be practically achieved in the short term and without major infrastructure investment. The project will also provide an interdisciplinary understanding of the passenger car sector as an evolving socio-technical system. The achievement of pathways will be addressed from two main viewpoints – from a technology improvement angle based on existing infrastructure and internal combustion engined cars; and from a market angle that examines the political economy of passenger car CO2 reduction standards. The results from these two analyses will be combined to derive a taxonomy of interventions designed to meet one or more of the develop pathways. The findings will be formulated as a set of recommendations for the uptake of interventions by a range of actors including industry, the public sector and car users. 

Tyndall Manchester Work Packages

Tyndall Manchester is leading the following work packages:

  • WP1: Carbon budgets and emission pathways
  • WP2: Financial evaluation and economic appraisal of scenarios
  • WP4: Assessment of additional intervention measures

In addition, WP3 (the political economy of passenger car CO2 reduction standards) is being led by Prof Jillian Anable of the University of Leeds.

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