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Show vehicles or all-in: Differing electric vehicle strategies emerge

The other day I had the pleasure of sitting on a panel to discuss the future of electric vehicles (EVs). Mostly our audience was in the financial sector, rather than ICCT’s standard research and... The discussion at a panel last week on the future of EVs highlighted the different approaches automakers are taking toward rolling out new plug-in electric vehicle models.
Published 2014.04.22: Blog Post

Reading the tea leaves in IMO’s NOx decision

Two weeks ago the International Maritime Organization (IMO) convened the 66th session of its Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC-66). Among a host of issues, perhaps the most contentious... A short summary of the outcome of MEPC-66 on finalizing the effective date for NOx Tier III requirements in Emission Control Areas, and what it means for vessels, NOx emissions, and implementation.
Published 2014.04.21: Blog Post

On the precautionary principle and heavy fuel oil in the Arctic

On the 25th anniversary of the infamous grounding of the Exxon Valdez on Bligh Reef in Prince William Sound, Alaska, a barge carrying just under a million gallons of heavy fuel oil (HFO) collided... A spill in the Arctic of similar proportion to the one in the Houston Ship Channel in March would be catastrophic, given the limited response capabilities, the distances involved, and other factors...
Published 2014.04.15: Blog Post

Reducing Black Carbon Emissions from Diesel Vehicles

Impacts, Control Strategies, and Cost-Benefit Analysis A new World Bank report, written by researchers from the ICCT, aims to inform efforts to control black carbon emissions from diesel-based...
Published 2014.04.11: News

New thinking on natural gas trucks from the National Research Council

In case you missed it, the National Research Council just weighed in on a few hot items related to the in-development “Phase II” heavy-duty vehicle efficiency standards for 2019+ trucks. The NRC is... The NRC report's call for natural gas-specific vehicle standards seems to have no precedent globally in any vehicle greenhouse gas emission or efficiency regulation. Pragmatically, what options...
Published 2014.04.09: Blog Post

The National Research Council weighs in on heavy truck trailers

Last Thursday, the National Research Council published its interim report on technologies and strategies for reducing the fuel consumption and greenhouse gases (GHGs) from heavy-duty vehicles in the... And we’re glad to note that the report’s conclusions are congruent with ours.
Published 2014.04.09: Blog Post

Hybrids break through in the Japan auto market

Japan’s 2012 passenger vehicle fuel economy guide is out (Japanese only), and for those interested in these matters it provides much food for thought. The most striking finding is that the fuel... Overall, fuel economy has improved by more than 70% in Japan since 1995, and the rate of improvement has averaged 6% annually over the past five years. Much of that can be attributed to the rise of...
Published 2014.04.04: Blog Post

Context matters: Making the case for black carbon mitigation in the Arctic

Difference from average air temperature across the Northern Hemisphere. Note the dark blue over Canada and the US with the red over the Arctic. (Credit: NOAA) The snow accumulated by the last storm... Why the decline in sea ice extent should motivate us to focus harder on limiting ship emissions of black carbon
Published 2014.04.03: Blog Post

Press roundup, March 2014

ClimateWire 31-Mar IPCC report cites risks of biofuels, but is that really new? Scientific American 31-Mar Biofuels Might Hold Back Progress Combating Climate Change Sustainable Shipping 27-Mar...
Published 2014.03.31: News

Effectiveness of CO2-based feebate systems in the European passenger vehicle market

The ICCT commissioned Cambridge Econometrics to carry out this analysis of the effectiveness of CO2-based vehicle taxation in reducing passenger-transport CO2 emissions. The study sought to identify...
Published 2014.03.28: Publication

[Press release] Cutting NOx emissions from ships: Feasibility of IMO Tier III implementation using SCR

For immediate release: 25 March 2014 ICCT study confirms feasibility of implementing new IMO standards for NOx emissions from ships on schedule in 2016. Selective catalytic reduction is a...
Published 2014.03.25: News

Feasibility of IMO Annex VI Tier III implementation using selective catalytic reduction

In 2008 the Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) agreed upon progressively stricter limitations for nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions from...
Published 2014.03.25: Publication

[Press release] New ICCT study: Reassessing global potential for energy from biomass

For immediate release: 25 March 2014 Many climate change mitigation strategies rely on projections of strong growth in biomass energy. But a new study by the International Council on Clean...
Published 2014.03.25: News

Transitioning to Electric Drive Vehicles

This report builds on a previous analysis of the transition to electric drive light-duty vehicles in California and the Section 177 states that have adopted California’s Zero Emission Vehicle...
Published 2014.03.12: Publication

U.S. Tier 3 vehicle emissions and fuel quality standards, final rule

On 3 March 2014, U.S. EPA finalized new emission standards for vehicles and fuels, commonly referred to as Tier 3 emission standards (Docket No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2011-0135). Once the vehicle and fuel...
Published 2014.03.11: Publication

Credit Trading in the US Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) Standard

The 1975 Energy Policy and Conservation Act authorized a credit banking system for individual auto manufacturers, allowing them to carry credits forward and backward for up to three model years....
Published 2014.03.07: Publication

China Phase 4 passenger car fuel consumption standard proposal

On January 21, 2014, the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) released a proposed fuel consumption standard for passenger cars. The so-called Phase 4 standard, which would...
Published 2014.03.05: Publication

Press roundup, February 2014

  Green Car Congress 02/28 ICCT analysis finds some research studies may overstate energy crop yields by as much as 100% Waste Management World 02/28 Biofuel from Wastes a Huge Missed Opportunity...
Published 2014.03.02: News

[Press release] Study shines new light on estimated yields for cellulosic bioenergy crops

For immediate release: 28 February 2014 Assumptions concerning potential energy crop yields in some research studies may overstate those yields by as much as 100%. One key factor in developing a...
Published 2014.02.28: News

The high importance of low(er) expectations, energy crop yields edition

Commercial-scale cellulosic biofuels are a kind of holy grail for energy policy: a way to replace fossil fuels with low-carbon, low-impact renewable energy while avoiding problems inherent in the... Energy crops probably don’t grow as fast as much of the current research on them assumes that they will.
Published 2014.02.28: Blog Post