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Silent but deadly: The case of shipping emissions

Earlier this month a group of researchers from the ICCT, The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, and the University of Colorado Boulder released a new study...The health impacts of light-duty diesels are widely known today. But a new global study analyzing early deaths from transportation air pollution also highlights a lesser known culprit: international...
Published 2019.03.22: Blog Post

Why aren’t Uber and Lyft all-electric already?

Uber and Lyft have been making a lot of headlines in the media due to their widely-anticipated initial public offerings. These popular ride-hailing companies, together valued at over $100 billion,...Ride-hailing companies have a real opportunity to go way beyond their early pilots and make electrification a core part of their business
Published 2019.03.22: Blog Post

The European Commission serves up real limits on palm biofuel

It may not be the “palm ban” the media was talking about last year, but the European Commission’s revised delegated act, released on March 13, 2019, has teeth. This measure will significantly reduce...
Published 2019.03.20: Blog Post

Novo processo licitatório poderia contribuir para ônibus sem fuligem e sem emissões em Campinas

(Post in English) A cidade de Campinas, no Brasil, está trabalhando para o estabelecimento de novos contratos para a prestação de serviços de transporte público na cidade. Como muitas cidades...Um plano ambicioso para renovação e eletrificação da frota posicionaria a cidade como um líder regional para um transporte público mais limpo e sustentável
Published 2019.03.13: Blog Post

New concession bidding process could help soot-free and zero-emission buses in Campinas

(Post in Portuguese) The city of Campinas, Brazil, is establishing new contracts for public transportation service in the city. Like many Brazilian cities, Campinas delegates operation of its public...An ambitious fleet renewal and electrification plan would position the city as a regional leader on cleaner and more sustainable public transportation
Published 2019.03.12: Blog Post

IMO agrees that we can control black carbon emissions from ships. But will we?

Amid new scientific evidence that most black carbon present in the Arctic is from burning fossil fuels, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) agreed last week that there are up to 41...The International Maritime Organization agreed on 41 appropriate ways to reduce black carbon from ships and will consider potential black carbon control policies at the next Marine Environment...
Published 2019.02.25: Blog Post

Turbulence ahead for the supersonic renaissance

The UN’s International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), which sets internal standards and practices governing civil aviation worldwide, wrapped up its 11th triannual environmental committee (CAEP/...The Trump administration’s push to fast track supersonic development just had a mid-air collision with environmental realities.  Turbulent times lie ahead for commercial supersonic manufacturers.
Published 2019.02.17: Blog Post

Benchmarking the growth of zero-emissions trucking

In my last blog entry, I argued that the super credits system proposed by the European Commission to spur the adoption of zero- and low-emission vehicles (ZLEV) puts the incentives in the wrong place...The European Council, Parliament, and Commission are currently negotiating CO2 standards for trucks, and in particular, on the thorny topic of ZLEV incentives. Will it be a benchmark or super credits...
Published 2019.01.22: Blog Post

If we use livestock feed for biofuels, what will the cows eat?

Around one-third of all biodiesel produced in the U.S. is made from waste feedstocks like used cooking oil, animal fats, and inedible corn oil. But few waste feedstocks are really wastes; none of...“Waste” biodiesel from corn oil probably drives up corn production and could have resulted in 500 thousand extra tonnes of CO2e emissions in 2017.
Published 2019.01.10: Blog Post

Real-world NOx emissions from remote sensing: An update of the TRUE rating

Earlier this year the Real Urban Emissions initiative (TRUE, funded by the FIA Foundation and C40 Cities) completed a project using remote-sensing technology to measure nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions...We recently finished collecting, cleaning up, and crunching the numbers from a real-world emissions measurement campaign in London using remote sensing. And we've updated the TRUE rating that...
Published 2018.12.17: Blog Post

U.S. airlines on track to meet one carbon goal, even without government leadership

In 2009, the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the global trade association for cargo and passenger air carriers, set three goals for the reduction of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions...Airlines are expected to achieve their goal of an average improvement in fuel efficiency of 1.5% per year.
Published 2018.12.17: Blog Post

Put soot-free transport in your NDC

Climate news these days is downright depressing. Global CO2 emissions hit their highest level ever in 2017 and show no signs of peaking. Global average warming is now at 1 degree C and likely to...Soot-free transport will deliver black carbon reductions, which can help achieve the near-term cooling needed to meet a 1.5˚ C target. Climate negotiators in Poland this week ought to bring it into...
Published 2018.12.12: Blog Post

Can India Leapfrog First-Generation Biofuels?

Earlier this year, India approved a sweeping update to its National Policy on Biofuels, which lays out an ambitious plan to substantially increase domestic biofuel production. Unlike the Renewable...India’s biofuel policy update discourages food-based fuels, focusing instead on increasing production of second-generation biofuels made from wastes and inedible energy crops.
Published 2018.12.11: Blog Post

What you don’t know can hurt you: European vacation edition

In our recent transatlantic airline fuel efficiency study update, we compared the fuel efficiency of 20 airlines with routes between the United States and Europe. Most of the transatlantic routes in...Finding the lowest carbon flight for a specific trip is more complicated than simply choosing the most fuel-efficient carrier.
Published 2018.12.10: Blog Post

The low-ILUC loophole could allow business-as-usual palm oil imports for biodiesel in Europe

The European Commission’s recast Renewable Energy Directive to 2030 (RED II) includes a provision to phase out the contribution of biofuels produced from feedstocks that are high-ILUC risk by 2030....The EC will will soon decide on criteria for classifying high- and low-risk indirect land use change (ILUC) biofuels under the RED II. If the Commission gets it right, this provision could make a...
Published 2018.12.03: Blog Post

Fixing the broken super credits scheme of the proposed HDV CO2 standards

We are entering the final stretch of one of the most important races of the EU to decarbonize transport. If everything goes according to plan, in about four months the EU should become the sixth...If super credits are here to stay, we can at least try to make them better by getting buses out of the scheme and accounting for freight activity.
Published 2018.12.03: Blog Post

Decarbonizing aviation through low-carbon fuels will be beyond difficult

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) appears to believe that the international aviation industry can meet its steep carbon targets under the Paris Agreement almost entirely through...It's unlikely that the aviation industry can meet its steep carbon targets almost entirely through the use of low-carbon fuels.
Published 2018.11.15: Blog Post

Failure to Launch: Why Advanced Biorefineries Are So Slow to Ramp Up Production

A common refrain is that advanced biofuels are just a few years away from commercialization—a claim that has been made for much longer than just the past few years. The U.S. EPA’s Renewable Fuel...Despite claims that advanced biofuels are just a few years away from commercialization, existing projects struggle to reach their nominal capacity.
Published 2018.11.13: Blog Post

Short-term barriers to energy cropping

All stages of advanced biofuel production face challenges, and an essential step to reliably scaling them across the transportation sector and beyond is ensuring the availability of feedstocks....An essential step to reliably scaling advanced biofuel across the transportation sector and beyond is ensuring the availability of feedstocks.
Published 2018.11.08: Blog Post

Renewable gas is a distraction for Europe

There’s no room for natural gas in a fully decarbonized future. But the European gas industry argues we should continue using natural gas infrastructure and vehicles because the European Union’s (EU...The European gas industry argues we should continue using natural gas infrastructure and vehicles because the European Union’s gas supply can be transformed to a fully renewable resource by 2050. Is...
Published 2018.11.01: Blog Post

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