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Committing to clean up cars and trucks

On Friday, March 27, Mexico issued its commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as part of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Although at first glance the INDC (Intended... Mexico's INDC (Intended Nationally Determined Contribution) to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is tied to real and actionable policy goals.
Published 2015.03.31: Blog Post

Electric vehicle incentives, chargers, and sales: What we see and what we don’t (yet)

In the US, ambitious state goals and national goals for electric vehicle (EV) adoption have challenged automakers and policymakers to find new ways to encourage consumers to choose EVs over... As local and state governments experiment with ways to encourage EV sales, analysts are pulling together all the data we can find, looking for patterns to identify the best practices in EV policy.
Published 2015.03.25: Blog Post

ICCT and Shenzhen Habitat and Environment Committee sign Memorandum of Understanding

On 21 March 2015 the International Council on Clean Transportation and the Shenzhen Habitat and Environment Committee (SZHEC) signed a memorandum of understanding that will form the basis of a...
Published 2015.03.24: News

Needs and opportunities to reduce black carbon emissions from maritime shipping

Ports and marine vessels are major sources of diesel particulate matter and black carbon. There are growing concerns about the impacts that air pollution from shipping has on the environment,...
Published 2015.03.24: Publication

In their own words: The youthful human face of Arctic policy

At the end of January, I attended the Arctic Encounter Symposium at the University of Washington Law School in Seattle, Washington. The title of the symposium was “Charting a Path to U.S. Leadership... Responses from Alaskan middle-school students to a survey asking about their experiences of and observations on climate change are reminders of the human side of policy problems that too often we...
Published 2015.03.23: Blog Post

Marine-China Program Internship 2015

The International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) is a non-profit organization helping to develop policy solutions to reduce conventional pollutant and greenhouse gas emissions from the...
Published 2015.03.17: Job Posting

Another look into the crystal ball at the IMO

About this time last year, I predicted that the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the United Nations agency based in London that oversees international shipping, could take sweeping action... Will it be another rudderless year? Or will momentum building in other venues for coordinated action on climate change motivate the IMO?
Published 2015.03.14: Blog Post

Wearing the cap: A place for food-based ethanol in the RED?

In Europe, a long-running process of revising the EU’s biofuel policy is, after several years of discussion, analysis and negotiation, gradually drawing to a close. It is widely expected that within... The EU will probably soon reach agreement on amendments to the Renewable Energy and Fuel Quality Directives (RED and FQD) that will recognize concerns raised about indirect land use change and...
Published 2015.03.14: Blog Post

Want to help China's smog problem? Some lessons learned from the U.S. Clean Air Act

Over the past two weeks, former CCTV reporter Chai Jing’s documentary “Under the Dome – Investigating China’s Smog” caused a sensation in China and the rest of the world. We were (naturally)... China is in the process of amending its Clean Air Law. Experience with the CAA highlights some key principles that can help give environmental agencies the teeth they need.
Published 2015.03.13: Blog Post

Clean Vehicles and Fuels Researcher

Position Description The ICCT is seeking a highly motivated and self-directed person to contribute to a wide range of policy-relevant research on topics ranging from vehicle efficiency and...
Published 2015.03.09: Job Posting

Accelerating progress from Euro 4/IV to Euro 6/VI vehicle emissions standards

After the adoption of Euro 5/V standards in the EU, certain shortcomings in the regulation became apparent. For heavy-duty vehicles, Euro V standards have not achieved hoped-for reductions for NOx...
Published 2015.03.05: Publication

Making Bharat VI affordable

Public anxiety is building over severe pollution levels in Delhi and the health toll of air pollution in India as a whole. At a recent hearing of the long-standing case on air pollution, the Ministry... India is considering making a jump from Bharat IV directly to Bharat VI emissions standards. There are some concerns about cost. One effective way to answer them would be to establish a national HDV...
Published 2015.03.02: Blog Post

Survey of best practices in reducing emissions through vehicle replacement programs

In many regions of the world, older, high-emitting vehicles account for a small percentage of the overall vehicle fleet but a disproportionately large share of total emissions. These vehicles may be...
Published 2015.03.02: Publication

Comparing real-world off-cycle NOx emissions control in Euro IV, V, and VI

Heavy-duty vehicles built and certified in conformity to Euro IV and V emissions standards frequently do not achieve the real-world NOx emissions expected under those standards. Now data is becoming...
Published 2015.03.02: Publication

Workshop on Heavy-Duty Fuel Efficiency Regulations

The ICCT is playing a support role in developing the program and organizing logistics.  
Published 2015.02.24: Event

China Researcher Position

The ICCT’s Beijing office, Ke Lin Chuang Si International Clean Transportation Technology Consulting Co. Ltd., is offering a job opportunity as a researcher on air quality and clean transportation...
Published 2015.02.24: Job Posting

Senior Researcher/Researcher Position, Fuels

The International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) is an independent non-profit organization founded to provide first-rate, unbiased research and technical and scientific analysis to...
Published 2015.02.24: Job Posting

Low ILUC-risk; high loophole risk?

Producing first generation biofuels requires feedstock. When that feedstock comes from supplies of food crops (wheat, maize, rapeseed, soy etc.) then using it for biofuel production means it cannot... The idea of ‘low-ILUC risk’ biofuels has been around for a while, and a recent paper identifies the type of regional policies that could allow ILUC to be avoided. But are recent proposals to add the...
Published 2015.02.19: Blog Post

Costs and adoption rates of fuel-saving technologies for trailers in the Canadian on-road freight sector

This report, “Costs and adoption rates of fuel-saving technologies for trailers in the Canadian on-road freight sector,” is the outcome of a collaboration between the ICCT and Pollution Probe, a...
Published 2015.02.11: Publication

Literature review: Real-world fuel consumption of heavy-duty vehicles in the United States, China, and the European Union

In contrast to passenger cars, data on HDV fuel efficiency are not readily available. That is the primary motivation for this literature review, which provides a summary of recent data on real-world...
Published 2015.02.09: Publication

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