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Chinese Light-Duty Vehicle Data Analysis Internship 2015

The International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) has an internship opportunity in the San Francisco office to work in our passenger vehicle program from July to end of the year (2015). The...
Published 2015.05.19: Job Posting

Request for Proposals: Marine Black Carbon Emissions Testing

Summary This request for proposals (RFP) supports the marine component of a two-year project on marine and ports black carbon emissions funded by the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) and...
Published 2015.05.19: News

Request for Proposals: Air Quality Modeling Inputs to Rapid Health Impact Assessment Tool for Port Emissions

Summary This request for proposals (RFP) seeks an experienced consulting group or individual with expertise in atmospheric chemistry and air quality modeling, urban- and regional-scale air pollution...
Published 2015.05.19: News

Fast and Furious

China’s State Council decided last month to lower the cap on sulfur content in gasoline and diesel for on-road vehicles to 10 parts per million (ppm) in 2016. This is a huge leap for a country whose... Having slashed sulfur content limits for on-road diesel fuel, China's policymakers may turn their attention to other sources of particulate pollution. With official limits for marine fuel an eye-...
Published 2015.05.18: Blog Post

Off the radar: Aviation in California’s climate policy

Governor Brown of California caused a stir with his announcement the week before last that the state will intensify its greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction efforts, with an aggressive new target of... Can California step up its efforts enough to meet new GHG emissions targets announced by Gov. Brown? We think so. But right now California is ignoring a major GHG source: aviation.
Published 2015.05.15: Blog Post

The EV future—already here, just not evenly distributed yet?

It is an exciting time in the electric vehicle market, with sales rising globally and the number of models multiplying. The US remains the world leader in total EV sales, while Norway is way out in... Some interesting patterns start to emerge if you look at the top US cities for electric vehicle sales.
Published 2015.05.12: Blog Post

Heavy-duty vehicle fuel-efficiency simulation: A comparison of US and EU tools

Vehicle simulation tools can enable a reliable estimation of the fuel efficiency of heavy-duty vehicles while eliminating undesirable sources of variation, such as driver behavior or the influence...
Published 2015.05.11: Publication

Exploring the climate and health benefits from public transit

As the world rapidly becomes more motorized and more urban, it faces an increasingly urgent dilemma: how to move people efficiently while improving air quality and reducing climate impacts. In high-... It is possible to mitigate climate change and lower health impacts through less reliance on private automobiles, reduced urban sprawl, higher rates of public transit, and stringent vehicle emission...
Published 2015.05.08: Blog Post

Early adoption of China 5/V vehicle emission standards in Guangdong

On February 15, 2015, the Guangdong Environmental Protection Department (EPD) announced a province-wide plan for early adoption of China 5/V (Euro 5/V-equivalent) tailpipe emission standards....
Published 2015.05.08: Publication

Choose Your Own Adventure: By Plane, Car, Train, or Bus?

Is flying really greener than driving? In previous work, we concluded that it’s likely not – at least for the average flight and road trip on comparable distances (300 to 500 mile trips). In a new... Is flying really greener than driving? On average, no, but it does depend on the fuel economy of your vehicle as well as the number of passengers.
Published 2015.04.30: Blog Post

2014 fuel price turbulence didn’t pull the plug on EVs

Among the biggest stories of 2014 was the crash in global oil prices. Just when it looked like the world had started to take $100/barrel oil for granted, prices plunged by 50 percent. Some speculated... The global vehicle market continued its strong uptake of EVs in 2014, despite the collapse in oil price. 
Published 2015.04.28: Blog Post

Japan light commercial vehicle fuel economy standards for 2022

In March, an advisory committee to Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) and Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) finalized new fuel economy standards for...
Published 2015.04.28: Publication

Testing methods for heavy-duty vehicle fuel efficiency: Trends and implications for India

A number of countries, including Japan, the U.S., Canada, and China, have implemented regulations to control heavy-duty vehicle fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, and the European Union...
Published 2015.04.27: Publication

Technical training workshop on light-duty vehicle regulations

Taller de Capacitación Técnica en materia de regulaciones para vehículos ligeros  Organizado por el Centro Mexicano de Derecho Ambiental (CEMDA) en colaboración con el International Council on Clean...
Published 2015.04.23: Event

Eighteen wheels and ten miles per gallon

Over the past generation, a lot has changed for the workhorse of American freight-hauling, the eighteen-wheel big rig, officially known as the Class 8 long-haul tractor-trailer. One thing that hasn't... The average long-haul tractor-trailer on U.S. highways gets the same 6 miles per gallon of diesel that it did decades ago. But there are clear signs that that, finally, is about to change.
Published 2015.04.21: Blog Post

Cost effectiveness of advanced efficiency technologies for long-haul tractor-trailers in the 2020–2030 timeframe

As U.S. regulatory agencies work on the second phase of heavy-duty vehicle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and fuel-efficiency standards, a key question concerns the payback periods of various...
Published 2015.04.21: Publication

Advanced tractor-trailer efficiency technology potential in the 2020–2030 timeframe

As U.S. regulatory agencies work on the second phase of heavy-duty vehicle greenhouse gas (GHG) and efficiency standards, one key issue is understanding how available and emerging technologies might...
Published 2015.04.20: Publication

When will heavy-duty pickups and vans compete on efficiency too?

If you live in the U.S., you've seen commercials for pickup trucks trumpeting “best-in-class” horsepower, towing, and payload capability. Get ready for a new trend in marketing pickups, as the... Nobody really knows the fuel economy of new commercial pickups and vans, because manufacturers aren't required to publicly disclose it. But that could be about to change, with Phase 2 of the US...
Published 2015.04.20: Blog Post

Regulatory considerations for advancing commercial pickup and van efficiency technology in the United States

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration are at work on the second phase of greenhouse gas and fuel efficiency standards for medium- and...
Published 2015.04.20: Publication

Black carbon emissions from shipping: Fact-checking conventional wisdom

This past January, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) made long-anticipated progress on the definition of black carbon from shipping. After four years of agonizing debate, the subcommittee... A common estimate of shipping's contribution to total global emissions of black carbon turns out to be wrong — way wrong. The IMO's Marine Environment Protection committee should take notice next...
Published 2015.04.17: Blog Post