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GCB Bioenergy paper: Extent of industrial plantations on Southeast Asian peatlands in 2010 with analysis of historical expansion and future projections

Indonesia and Malaysia are the two dominant suppliers of palm oil. Palm oil, the world's most productive vegetable oil crop (in terms of production of oil per hectare), has been referred to as the...Study by CRISP, Deltares, ICCT and the University of Leicester shows that the rate of expansion of palm plantations onto peatlands has accelerated from 1990 to 2010.
Published 2012.04.10: Blog Post

Urban off-cycle NOx emissions from Euro IV/V trucks and buses

Despite meeting more stringent regulatory standards for exhaust emissions during type approval, many Euro IV and Euro V heavy-duty vehicles equipped with selective catalytic reduction (SCR) systems...
Published 2012.04.10: Publication

Discrepancies between type-approval and real-world fuel consumption and CO2 values in 2001-2011 European passenger cars

In order to limit the negative effects of climate change and to reduce dependency on oil imports, the European Union (EU) needs to reduce its GHG emissions by 80-95% below 1990 levels by 2050. A...
Published 2012.04.04: Publication

Comments: California LCFS Credit Revenue Allocation

Comments filed in response to the 8 February 2012 “Administrative Law Judges’ Ruling Providing Guidance on Track 2 Activities” on the allocation of Electric Distribution Utility LCFS credits,...
Published 2012.03.30: News

India’s 2012 budget: Good on vehicle tax policy, not so much on fuel

One of the policy areas that we at the ICCT stress is how fiscal policies influence the composition of national vehicle fleets by creating (or eliminating) good or bad incentives for consumers. (The...India’s just-released budget for fiscal year 2012 offers some new examples of fiscal policies' effects on fleet composition.
Published 2012.03.28: Blog Post

Environmental burden shifting and sustainability criteria for biofuels

Biofuels are here for three reasons – climate change mitigation, energy security and to increase rural incomes. The supposed climate change mitigation potential of biofuels comes with the idea that...Biofuels policies are normally justified as global warming mitigation measures, as well as having benefits for energy security and rural development. However, intensive agricultural production...
Published 2012.03.26: Blog Post

Vehicle tech notes: Making combustion more efficient

One of the striking features of the European vehicle market over the last decade is the sharp increase in market share of passenger cars using gasoline direct injection (GDI). This trend (see the...The sharp increase in EU market share of passenger cars using gasoline direct injection has everything to do with manufacturers looking for greater vehicle efficiency and lower CO2 emissions.
Published 2012.03.21: Blog Post

In-use Testing for CO2 and Fuel Economy in the United States

  China is considering including an after-production conformity test as part of China’s Phase 3 passenger car fuel consumption standard implementation and enforcement plan and is looking for...
Published 2012.03.09: Publication

How low will the cost of hybrids go?

  There's a good post on Green Car Congress summarizing ICCT senior fellow John German's talk at the SAE Hybrid Vehicle Symposium last week. The gist: Future improvements in P2 hybrid systems should...A good post on Green Car Congress summarizing ICCT senior fellow John German's talk at the SAE Hybrid Vehicle Symposium last week.
Published 2012.02.27: Blog Post

Historical Analysis and Projection of Oil Palm Plantation Expansion on Peatland in Southeast Asia

This study demonstrates that the area of industrial oil palm (OP) plantations in the peatlands of insular Southeast Asia (Malaysia and Indonesia, except the Papua Provinces) has increased drastically...
Published 2012.02.22: Publication

iLUC and the cost of carbon abatement (part 2)

A while ago, we wrote about why it’s important to consider iLUC if you’re going to try to make assumptions about the carbon abatement cost of biofuel policies – in that case, because we believed that...A quick comparison of potential fuel consumer carbon abatement costs of stronger fuel efficiency standards in Europe, vs. biofuels under the Renewable Energy Directive if indirect land use change...
Published 2012.02.17: Blog Post

Update: MMT

We've had requests for a September 2010 update on the situation regarding the fuel additive MMT that was inadvertently vaporized in the course of a website overhaul in late 2011. Text of the 2010...Quick summary of developments in policy on the fuel additive MMT over the last three years in China, Canada, California, and the EU.
Published 2012.02.16: Blog Post

Certification procedures for advanced technology heavy-duty vehicles

  Worldwide, commercial vehicles are a growing contributor to air pollution, fuel consumption, and global-warming emissions in the on-road transportation sector. As with passenger vehicles, there are...
Published 2012.02.15: Publication

US 2017-25 CAFE/GHG standards: Comments on NPRM, 13 Feb 2012

Comments in response to the proposed rulemaking issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency on 2017 and later model year light-­duty vehicle...
Published 2012.02.14: News

Webinar: EU vehicle market (15 Feb.)

On 15 February 2012 at 1300 GMT the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership will host a one-hour webinar by the ICCT's regional lead for Europe, Peter Mock, on the technical and environmental characteristics...
Published 2012.02.09: Event

Definition and measurement of marine black carbon emissions

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Published 2012.02.02: Publication

Evolution of heavy-duty vehicle GHG and fuel economy standards

Abbreviated version of presentation originally delivered at the Asilomar Conference "Rethinking Energy and Climate Strategies for Transportation," September 1, 2011. View it on Slideshare More...
Published 2012.02.01: Publication

Decoupling emissions from growing traffic volume

The total number of motor vehicles on the road in Western Europe more than tripled between 1970 and 2005, rising from about 80 million to 260 million. Over the same period, traffic volume as measured...In Europe and North America, the period 1970-2005 saw some interesting changes in the correlation between traffic volume and the level of emissions in the road transport sector, as well as an...
Published 2012.01.31: Blog Post

Statement on Chevy Volt fires, 25 January 2012

ICCT Senior Fellow John German's testimony to the Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs, Stimulus Oversight & Government Spending on the Chevy Volt fires, "Volt Vehicle Fires: What Did NHTSA Know...
Published 2012.01.27: News

Statement on US 2017–25 CAFE standards, 24 January 2012

ICCT president Alan Lloyd's testimony at the EPA/NHTSA hearing on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for 2017–2025 vehicle CAFE and GHG standards, San Francisco, 24 January 2012. View on Scribd
Published 2012.01.25: News