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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

Kinks in the pipeline: A survey of downstream alternative jet fuels challenges

We often hear about how biofuels and other alternative fuels will be needed to decarbonize the aviation sector in the long-run. How easy or difficult will this be to achieve? There are already some...Although touted by some as necessary to decarbonize the aviation sector, logistics are still an issue for alternative jet fuels.
Published 2018.10.31: Blog Post

Comments on the Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule for Model Years 2021-2026 Passenger Cars and Light Trucks

On August 2nd, 2018 the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a notice of proposed...
Published 2018.10.26: News

Development of specifications for heavy-duty tractor trucks in Canada and the United States

This collaborative study between the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) and the North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE) examines the process of how the features of...
Published 2018.10.23: Publication

Modernizing vehicle regulations for electrification

This briefing summarizes existing practices and develops design principles related to adapting vehicle efficiency and CO2 standards in the 2020–2030 time frame to enable a long-term transition to...
Published 2018.10.21: Publication

Is the Renewable Fuel Standard enough to spur progress in advanced biofuels? Probably not.

Production of cellulosic biofuel is expected to fall nearly 7 billion gallons short of meeting the statutory Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volume for this type of advanced biofuel in 2018, which has...Government grant and loan guarantees, not the Renewable Fuel Standard, have been essential in spurring progress in the cellulosic biofuel industry.
Published 2018.10.18: Blog Post

Bioenergy can solve some of our climate problems, but not all of them at once

Bioenergy has become a popular decarbonization strategy—so popular that policy makers and researchers in several sectors are claiming biofuels, bio-electricity, and bio-heat can deliver a large...Bioenergy has become a popular decarbonization strategy to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. However, even if bioenergy production is maximized, competition across industry sectors is high.
Published 2018.10.15: Blog Post

Will slow and steady win the race for alternative jet fuels?

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) relies heavily on the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from...Despite ICAO's reliance on alternative jet fuels to decarbonize the avaiation industry, production does not appear to be keeping up.
Published 2018.10.09: Blog Post

U.S. Passenger Jets under ICAO’s CO2 Standard, 2018-2038

In 2016, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) finalized a performance standard that will mandate reductions in carbon dioxide (CO2) intensity from new aircraft. The standard will be...
Published 2018.10.02: Publication

New supersonic transport aircraft: Fuel burn parity, or environmental parody?

In 2016, Sir Richard Branson, president of Virgin Atlantic Airways, announced that the Virgin Group would assist aviation start-up Boom in developing a new supersonic transport (SST) aircraft.  Boom...Boom Technologies' CEO claims the company's proposed supersonic aircraft's fuel burn will be on par with subsonic business-class travel. Will it?
Published 2018.09.28: Blog Post

Market analysis of heavy-duty commercial trailers in Europe

Heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs) are currently responsible for about one-fourth of fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions from the transport sector in the European Union. Within the HDV sector in...
Published 2018.09.24: Publication

EPA sets a first in accurately accounting for GHG emissions from waste biofuel feedstocks

In a rule released last month, EPA became the first regulatory body to accurately account for greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from displacing waste, residue, and byproduct biofuel feedstocks from pre-...In a rule released last month, EPA became the first regulatory body to accurately account for greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from displacing waste, residue, and byproduct biofuel feedstocks from pre-...
Published 2018.09.17: Blog Post

Assessing Canada’s 2025 passenger vehicle greenhouse gas standards: Benefits analysis

This paper is part of a series of reports on analysis done by the ICCT on Canada-specific technology pathways, costs, and benefits of Canada’s 2025 passenger vehicle greenhouse gas standards. The...
Published 2018.09.12: Publication

Assessing Canada’s 2025 passenger vehicle greenhouse gas standards: Technology deployment and costs

This paper is part of a series of reports on analysis done by the ICCT on Canada-specific technology pathways, costs, and benefits of Canada’s 2025 passenger vehicle greenhouse gas standards. The...
Published 2018.09.12: Publication

Assessing Canada’s 2025 passenger vehicle greenhouse gas standards: Methodology and OMEGA model description

This paper is part of a series of reports on analysis done by the ICCT on Canada-specific technology pathways, costs, and benefits of Canada’s 2025 passenger vehicle greenhouse gas standards. The...
Published 2018.09.12: Publication

Carbon intensity gap surged to a new high of 63% for transatlantic carriers in 2017

Updated study shows fuel efficiency improving an average of 1% per year since 2014, less than industry goal. A study released today by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT)found...
Published 2018.09.11: News

Transatlantic airline fuel efficiency ranking, 2017

This report compares the fuel efficiency of 20 airlines operating nonstop flights between the mainland United States and Europe. It uses the same methodology as in the 2016 transpacific fuel...
Published 2018.09.11: Publication

The future is electric, but why’s it taking so long?

As clean energy policy and business leaders convene in San Francisco for the September 12-14 Global Climate Action Summit, few topics of discussion are as hot as how to transition to electric...Many automakers have shared details on their plans for an electric future. How does it stack up to public policy goals?
Published 2018.09.06: Blog Post

States and cities seeking to maintain clean car standards

On August 2nd, 2018 the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a notice of proposed...
Published 2018.08.21: Publication

U.S. states and cities take responsibility on clean cars

The Trump administration has been busy rolling back dozens of environmental policies, and their latest move is a proposal to decimate the clean car standards. Unfortunately, not only do they want to...The Trump administration has proposed rolling back the 2025 efficiency and emissions standards. Taking the biggest centralized policy tool off the table has compelled states and cities to fight the...
Published 2018.08.21: Blog Post

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