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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

A primer on US fuel economy standards

The recent spate of news articles with headlines like “Clash looms with automaker and efficiency standards” and “Detroit’s blue skies clouded by worries over fuel economy” are a clear sign that... Why comparing consumer window-sticker fuel economy labels directly with the “54.5 mpg” 2025 standard falsely exaggerates the size of the challenge. 
Published 2015.04.10: Blog Post

Marine Program Fellow

The International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) has an immediate opening for a Fellow in its Washington, DC office to work in our marine program. The position will support maritime research...
Published 2015.04.09: Job Posting

A Rorschach test for transport geeks: Passenger vehicle fuel efficiency in Japan

The latest version of Japan’s fuel economy guide for passenger vehicles was posted last week (Japanese only). Released annually by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT)... Is the fact that Japanese automakers stay 5–7 years ahead of regulatory targets evidence that they're geniuses, or that their regulators are unable to set realistic targets, or something in between...
Published 2015.04.03: Blog Post

Green freight programs and technology verification

Voluntary “green freight” programs have been established in a number of countries and regions, with the goal of increasing the fuel efficiency (and reducing GHG emissions) of trucking fleets and...
Published 2015.04.03: Publication

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

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

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