ICE Technology Helps Achieve a Lower Carbon Future

Improving fuel efficiency and reducing liquid fuels’ carbon intensity can lower emissions, a Fuels Institute report finds.

November 01, 2022

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Despite the rapid increase in electric vehicle sales, the market will continue to be dominated by internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles for decades to come. In the pursuit of reducing carbon emissions from the transportation sector, finding solutions for these vehicles must be a priority.

The Fuels Institute has released a new report that presents a high-level summary of research and development projects focused on improving the ICE efficiency and emissions and reducing the carbon intensity of liquid fuels.

The report, “Future Capabilities of Combustion Engines and Liquid Fuels,” looks at the objectives and potential benefits of such initiatives is important to better evaluate the potential emission contributions of the transportation sector.

“This summary is just a snapshot of what might be possible,” said John Eichberger, Fuels Institute executive director. “There remain significant projects that could greatly benefit the path to decarbonizing transportation. Decision makers should seek viable solutions and support further progress in technology and fuel formulations in their effort to achieve a lower carbon future.”

Although some have reported that work on ICE technology has ceased and that no additional improvements can be had, this study found thousands of current citations pertaining to research that could yield significant improvements in the performance and environmental footprint of these vehicles.

Download the report today.