Load size has little impact on the Carbon footprint of your van
New research shows that van load does not affect CO2 emissions as much as was thought. Will taxation systems change to reflect this and what will the impact be on your van insurance?
The shock findings are the result of research carried out by environmental consultancy AEA. John Norris, AEA Project Manager, explains: “On our test we found that a fully-loaded van weighs 50 percent more than the same van carrying no load at all. However, CO2 only went up by approximately 7.8 percent on the combined cycle.”
One of the more startling aspects of the report focused on the relationship between the aerodynamics of the van and the way this impacts on CO2 emissions. When a van is travelling on the motorway, aerodynamics has more of an impact than any other factor. Travelling at 70mph, a medium-sized van punches a large hole in the air in comparison to a smaller van, and is likely to push CO2 output up by around 40 percent.
There is hope among green campaigners that the report will be used to draw up a graduated taxation system which will penalise the use of large vans. However, such a system would have obvious limitations as smaller vans will be used to carry loads they are not necessarily designed for, which will undoubtedly affect road safety, as well as having negative ramifications for van insurance premiums.
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