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Air quality and health benefits of improved fuel and vehicle emissions standards in Mexico

At the North American Leaders Summit (NALS) in June 2016, the heads of the governments of Canada, Mexico, and the United States agreed to “commit to reduce air pollutant emissions by aligning air...
Published 2018.01.03: Publication

A step forward in Europe on measuring in-use vehicle emissions

[This post originally appeared on the TRUE initiative website, www.trueinitiative.org, 16 Oct 2017] On 28 September 2017 three Members of the European Parliament, Kathleen Van Brempt (Beligum),...In September three MEPs convened a fruitful discussion on using remote sensing technology to measure pollutant emissions in vehicle exhaust in Europe’s cities.
Published 2017.10.23: Blog Post

Impacts and mitigation of excess diesel NOx emissions in 11 major vehicle markets

A new study published online May 15 in the journal Nature quantifies the global health and environmental burden of real-world diesel NOx emissions in 11 major vehicle markets. The study found that...
Published 2017.05.22: Event

Impacts and mitigation of excess diesel NOx emissions in 11 major vehicle markets

Access publication here: Nature, 25 May 2017, doi:10.1038/nature22086 Nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions from diesel cars, trucks, and buses are a major contributor to air pollution-related deaths...
Published 2017.05.15: Publication

New study quantifies global health, environmental impacts of excess nitrogen oxide emissions from diesel vehicles

Diesel vehicles in major markets produce over 50% more NOx than official certification limits indicate Study links these excess NOx emissions to ~38,000 premature deaths worldwide in 2015—mostly in...
Published 2017.05.15: News

Identifying clean vehicles to improve air quality in Paris and London [press statement]

(29 March 2017) The International Council on Clean Transportation is honored to be asked to collaborate with the cities of Paris and London, together with C40 Cities, the FIA Foundation, and others,...
Published 2017.03.29: News

Impacts of world class vehicle efficiency and emissions regulations in select G20 countries

In 2014, the G20 Energy Efficiency Action Plan prioritized the establishment of a Transport Task Group (TTG) to promote cooperation among participating G20 countries to develop domestic policies that...
Published 2017.01.25: Publication

A global strategy to introduce low-sulfur fuels and cleaner diesel vehicles

Diesel engines power the dominant share of goods movement, construction equipment, and public transport vehicles in the global economy. This report presents a global strategy to reduce fine...
Published 2016.11.28: Publication

Leapfrogging an outdated standard puts India on par with global leaders in control of vehicle emissions

On September 16, 2016 the Government of India took an important step towards addressing the country’s severe air pollution problems with the final notification of Bharat Stage (BS) VI emission...The adoption of Bharat Stage VI emission standards will significantly reduce air pollutant emissions from vehicles sold in India beginning in 2020. However, changes in the final rule notification...
Published 2016.10.11: Blog Post

HFC-134a phase-out in the Chinese light-duty motor vehicle sector

The Chinese vehicle market is the largest in the world to allow auto manufacturers to use the air-conditioning refrigerant HFC-134a without restriction. But this may soon change. The Chinese...
Published 2016.09.23: Publication

Common ground on clean transportation

On June 29, 2016, President Obama, President Peña Nieto, and Prime Minister Trudeau laid out a formidable shared agenda at the North American Leaders’ Summit on a disparate set of issues that ranged...Aligning standards throughout North America allows the U.S., Mexico, and Canada to take advantage of the economic and market integration of the region to meet shared goals for climate, air quality...
Published 2016.07.14: Blog Post

China's latest step forward on vehicle emissions regulation

On June 6–7, the Eighth Round of the U.S.–China Strategic and Economic Dialogue was held in Beijing. The two nations are making remarkable progress toward reducing the environmental and energy impact...The newly announced implementation timeline of the China 6/VI vehicle emission standard will accelerate the introduction of the most stringent emission reduction requirements and advanced emission...
Published 2016.07.11: Blog Post

Opel's admissions of defeat device calibrations

A little while ago I blogged about the widespread practice by automakers in the EU of reducing nitrogen oxide (NOx) emission controls at ambient temperatures below 10 °C–17 °C and after a hot restart...Opel admits to reducing vehicle emission controls based on conditions other than ambient temperature or restart. Opel says its “engines are in compliance” in Europe. But, once again, they would not...
Published 2016.06.15: Blog Post

Just one more diesel car?

As the debate over local air quality intensifies in Delhi, the Supreme Court of India is considering whether to continue the restriction on sale of diesel cars with engines larger than two liters in...Another possible option beyond levying a punitive fee on diesel vehicles or banning their sale would be for diesel vehicle manufacturers to voluntarily agree to equip all new diesel vehicles sold in...
Published 2016.05.27: Blog Post

Liuhanzi Yang

Published 2016.05.24: Profile

Jogos sujos: uma proposta de lei para revogar as restrições aos carros a diesel no Brasil

Coincidência ou não, enquanto os brasileiros estão distraídos pelo impeachment da presidenta Dilma Rousseff, tumultos políticos, recessão econômica, Olimpíadas e o Zika, uma comissão especial na...Enquanto a Europa e outros países lutam para controlar as emissões descontroladas dos carros a diesel, o Brasil—distraído pelo caos político, Jogos Olímpicos e o Zika—acabou de propor a revogação das...
Published 2016.05.06: Blog Post

A dirtier kind of Games: A proposal to lift restrictions on diesel cars in Brazil

Versão em Português Coincidence or not, while Brazilians are distracted by the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff, other political turmoil, economic recession, the upcoming Olympics, and the...As Europe and other countries struggle to control crisis-level emissions from diesel cars, Brazil—wracked by political turmoil and distracted by the Olympics and the Zika virus—has just proposed...
Published 2016.05.05: Blog Post

Should Delhi ban diesels?

Next week the verdict will be in on whether Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal achieved any meaningful reductions in vehicle emissions with his “odd-even” scheme to cut down on the number of...The health evidence on diesels justifies actions that extend restrictions on diesels until they are cleaner. The court should consider a new tax scheme on diesels to pay for their health damages or...
Published 2016.04.29: Blog Post

First look: Results of the German transport ministry's post-VW vehicle testing

In September 2015, shortly after it became known that Volkswagen applied illegal defeat devices in some of its diesel vehicles, the German Ministry for Transport (BMVI) commissioned a series of...Germany, the UK, and France last week released results of testing they commenced after VW admitted to using defeat devices to circumvent emissions tests. The situation seems even worse than expected...
Published 2016.04.25: Blog Post

Technical background on India BS VI fuel specifications

The proposed Bharat Stage (BS) VI regulation for on-road vehicles in India includes contains both emission standards for new vehicles as well as specifications for reference and commercial gasoline...
Published 2016.04.22: Publication

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