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Mexico freight assessment

In September 2016, the ICCT commissioned The Sustainable Transport and Emissions Services Company to conduct an assessment of Mexico’s freight sector, with a focus on the on-road trucking industry....
Published 2017.10.30: Publication

Expanding and aligning green freight programs in Latin America

From June 27-29, Argentina’s Ministry of Transportation with the support from Argentina’s Ministry of Energy and Mining, Argentina’s Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, the United...
Published 2017.10.23: Publication

Whac-A-Mole on the high seas: The curious case of ship emissions

If you’re old enough to remember analog arcade games you might remember the game Whac-A-Mole. It’s the fun, but sometimes frustrating game where the player uses a soft mallet to hit moles that duck...As the International Maritime Organization meets again in London to discuss a sectoral cap on greenhouse gas emissions, we revisit the complexity of how to assign responsibility for shipping...
Published 2017.10.18: Blog Post

Why (Run on) Less is more…

“Run on Less” is more than just a catchy slogan or fancy new report. What is Run on Less? It’s a first-of-its-kind event in which several trucking fleets are showcasing highly efficient tractor-...A first-of-its-kind event in which several trucking fleets are showcasing highly efficient tractor-trailers in real-world operations, to culminate at the North American Commercial Vehicle inaugural...
Published 2017.09.05: Blog Post

Prevalence of heavy fuel oil and black carbon in Arctic shipping, 2015 to 2025

Dwindling sea ice is opening new shipping routes through the Arctic, with shipping activity expected to increase with oil and gas development and as ships take advantage of shorter trans-Arctic...
Published 2017.05.01: Publication

Freight assessment blueprint: Practical guide for evaluating freight transportation in support of national green freight programs

This document aims to provide step-by-step guidance for conducting a freight assessment when the ultimate goal is to develop a green freight program. As more countries and regions explore ways to...
Published 2017.03.27: Publication

Heavy fuel oil use in Arctic shipping in 2015

The use and carriage of heavy fuel oil (HFO) poses many risks to the Arctic environment, including damage from oil spills and emissions of black carbon, a potent climate pollutant. Recent discussions...
Published 2016.10.21: Publication

Heavy fuel oil is considered the most significant threat to the Arctic. So why isn’t it banned yet?

Heavy fuel oil (HFO) is the bottom of the barrel leftovers from the oil refining process. It is incredibly viscous; at room temperature, it can be the consistency of peanut butter. Few engines can...When we know that heavy fuel oil is the biggest threat to the Arctic marine environment, dangerous to human and environmental health, and already banned in the Antarctic, shouldn’t we seriously...
Published 2016.09.15: Blog Post

In the land of the midnight sun, Arctic shipping is on the rise

The luxury cruise ship Crystal Serenity offers many excursions on its unprecedented 32-day voyage through the icy waters of the Northwest Passage. One of them was a recent visit to Shishmaref, Alaska...As we gain a more complete understanding of ship activity using the satellite AIS data, we can better estimate the environmental and economic effects of international shipping, especially in fragile...
Published 2016.08.29: Blog Post

U.S. efficiency and greenhouse gas emission regulations for model year 2018-2027 heavy-duty vehicles, engines, and trailers

On August 16, 2016 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released the final rulemaking for heavy-duty vehicle fuel-efficiency and greenhouse...
Published 2016.08.25: Publication

Truck trailers in the U.S.: Leading from behind

So Tuesday was a really big deal for commercial trailers in the U.S. The U.S. Environment Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released the final rulemaking (FRM)...With the Phase 2 regulation, trailers in the U.S. become the first in the world to be regulated based on their impact on fuel efficiency and carbon emissions. 
Published 2016.08.18: Blog Post

The voyage of the Crystal Serenity and the risks of Arctic shipping

Figure 1. The Crystal Serenity's journey through the Northwest Passage, 16 August to 17 September 2016. As the Arctic warms, areas once clogged by sea ice are increasingly accessible to fishing, oil...However unprecedented, the Serenity’s voyage is a sign of things to come and may be the beginning of a boom in Arctic vessel activity. While Arctic shipping may bring economic benefits to both local...
Published 2016.08.17: Blog Post

A big win-win on big trucks

Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released the final rulemaking (FRM) for heavy-duty vehicle fuel-efficiency and greenhouse gas...The final Phase 2 rule is estimated to result in 1.1 billion tons of CO2 reduction over the regulated vehicles’ lifetimes and is considered to be the most comprehensive and technically ambitious...
Published 2016.08.16: Blog Post

Overview of the heavy-duty vehicle market and CO2 emissions in the European Union

Heavy-duty vehicles represent only 4% of the on-road fleet in the European Union, but are responsible for 30% of on-road CO2 emissions. The EU’s current strategy for controlling CO2 emissions from...
Published 2015.12.02: Publication

Is there an e-Autobahn in our future?

In the small town of Templin, Germany one hour north of Berlin, on the site of an old Soviet airfield, Siemens engineers are hard at work on what could be the future of low-carbon freight transport....How will the heavy duty vehicle sector achieve decarbonization in the long term? Perhaps a new technology being developed by Siemens will be part of the answer.
Published 2015.09.25: Blog Post

Black carbon and methane and HFCs, oh my!

Even if you don't track news from the "apocalypse beat" closely, the lexicon of climate science and policy is probably familiar: carbon footprint, carbon budget, 2-degree scenario, CO2 equivalent,...An explanation of why getting control of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) in the near term will do a lot to determine whether we get control of global warming in the long term.
Published 2015.09.23: Blog Post

U.S. efficiency and greenhouse gas emission regulations for MY 2018–2027 heavy-duty vehicles, engines, and trailers

On June 19, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration jointly proposed new standards to reduce the fuel consumption and greenhouse gas...
Published 2015.06.25: Publication

5 numbers you need to know about the proposed U.S. truck efficiency rule

Today the U.S. Environment Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for heavy-duty vehicle fuel-efficiency and...It's a complex proposal, and will take some time to fully digest, but some of the highlights regarding the complexity, the technology improvements, and the benefits are immediately clear. Here is the...
Published 2015.06.19: Blog Post

Arctic shipping, one-hit-wonder?

The 2015 Arctic shipping season is just around the corner. A fairly lackluster 2014 season left some wondering if all the excitement about the Arctic becoming the shipping route of the next century...Despite the fairly lackluster 2014 shipping season and uncertainty on what’s in store for the 2015 season, every indication points to increased activity in the Arctic, and we need to do more to...
Published 2015.06.04: Blog Post

Global Green Freight Action Plan launched

The Global Green Freight Action Plan was officially launched yesterday, 27 May 2015, at the International Transport Forum's 2015 Annual Summit in Leipzig, Germany. The Action Plan is a product of...
Published 2015.05.28: News

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