OTH-4-2015 - The cleanest engine
Specific challenge: Internal combustion engines have a major role in producing noxious emissions. One of the major targets of EU transport policy – in line with the other EU policy goals in the field of energy efficiency, environmental protection and climate change mitigation – is to achieve compliance with air quality regulations. These complement other policy goals, such as the reduction of CO2 emissions from transport, which should deliver virtually carbon free cities by 2050. These objectives call for an ambitious mix of innovative policy measures and significant technological breakthroughs, notably for the engines. The transport challenge of the H2020 proposal is designed in a way as to help pursue both.
Expected impact: An inducement prize setting "at the horizon" targets for the lowest attainable real life noxious emissions from non-hybrid internal combustion engines (in particular diesel) would help accelerate the current slow improvements in air quality, and thus substantially enhance the prospect of achieving the ambitious EU policy goals, while at the same time strengthening the competitive advantages of the European automotive industry which will be able to propose these technologies in emerging countries even more affected by air quality problems. This activity would complement effectively the work foreseen under proposed "European Green Vehicle Initiative" which will strongly focus on CO2 emissions reductions.
Eligibility criteria: Subject to the outcome of the on-going study "Development and design of inducement prize competitions in key areas under Horizon 2020" undertaken by the Commission, which includes an item on the Transport Challenge.
Award criteria: Subject to the outcome of the on-going study "Development and design of inducement prize competitions in key areas under Horizon 2020" undertaken by the Commission, which includes an item on the Transport Challenge.
Type of action: Prize