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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

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

The hardest part of cellulosic biofuels in India might be collecting the rice straw

India recently announced its National Policy on Biofuels, which includes ambitious targets for ethanol and biodiesel produced primarily from non-food and non-feed sources. The policy aspires to...A new policy in India aims promote cellulosic biofuel production from sustainable feedstocks, something no other country has managed to do. Can the country succeed?
Published 2018.10.11: Blog Post

To be fast or to be furious?

Three years have passed since ICCT’s popular staff blog "Fast and Furious" discussed China’s bold actions to slash gasoline and diesel sulfur content for on-road vehicles and predicting a likely...If China wants to maximize the benefit of its emission area control zones, it should go beyond its own territorial waters.
Published 2018.10.04: Blog Post

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

China VI: A milestone for the world’s transition to soot-free vehicles

On June 28, China officially released the China VI emission standard for new heavy-duty vehicles, which is equivalent to, or in some aspects even more stringent, than the Euro VI emission standard....On June 28, China officially released the China VI emission standard for new heavy-duty vehicles. If effectively implemented, it will transition all new heavy-duty vehicles in China to soot-free...
Published 2018.07.03: Blog Post

Palm oil is the elephant in the greenhouse

Palm oil isn’t as bad for climate as you think. It’s worse. The oil palm industry is expanding quickly into tropical rainforest, and increasingly into peat swamp forest. The total land area planted...Palm oil isn’t as bad for climate as you think. It’s worse.
Published 2018.06.06: Blog Post

ILUC factors and palm oil yields: Resolving an apparent contradiction

Farmers and other biofuel stakeholders sometimes express disbelief in the magnitude of indirect land use change (ILUC) emissions that researchers say is associated with palm oil biodiesel. For...Palm plantations have a much higher yield of vegetable oil per hectare compared to rapeseed and other oil crops. How can the ILUC emissions for palm oil biodiesel be so much higher than for those...
Published 2018.05.31: Blog Post

One weird trick to improve airline efficiency - gain belly weight!

In our recent transpacific airline fuel-efficiency ranking, we quantified the passenger-based fuel efficiency of 20 airlines after correcting for cargo carried on passenger flights ("belly freight...Would ICCT's recent transpacific fuel efficiency ranking change if dedicated freighters were taken into account? Did the rankings incorrectly reward airlines for carrying belly freight when putting...
Published 2018.02.22: Blog Post

Zero emission buses are worth reaching for, but emission performance standards are the low-hanging fruit

Sales of battery electric buses (BEBs) are surging in major cities around the world. Los Angeles, California committed to shift its 2,200 bus fleet to zero-emission buses (including BEBs) by 2030,...Sales of battery electric buses are surging, yet a complete technology transition won't happen overnight. Meanwhile, tightening emission standards on conventionally powered buses would have immediate...
Published 2017.11.16: Blog Post

The hidden cost of Indonesia’s biodiesel mandate to consumers

Indonesian drivers probably don’t realize they are paying more at the pump because of their country’s biodiesel mandate, which sets ambitious targets for the blending of biodiesel in diesel fuel....Indonesian drivers probably don’t realize they are paying more at the pump because of their country’s biodiesel mandate, which sets ambitious targets for the blending of biodiesel in diesel fuel....
Published 2017.11.15: Blog Post

Indonesia’s delusional strategy for reducing GHG emissions

Question: How much reduction in CO2 emissions is Indonesia actually getting from its biofuels policy? Short answer: zero. Long answer: Indonesia is actually increasing its CO2 emissions substantially...How much reduction in CO2 emissions is Indonesia actually getting from its biofuels policy? Short answer: zero. Long answer: Indonesia is actually increasing its CO2 emissions substantially.
Published 2016.09.14: Blog Post

Reading the tea leaves in ICAO’s market-based measure

News is flying fast and furious from Montreal these days about the development of ICAO’s market-based measure (MBM) for offsetting emissions growth from international aviation. Following last week’s...Revised text on the development of ICAO’s MBM for offsetting emissions growth from international aviation has been posted and would offset 60% to 80%+ of traffic growth, depending on who opt ins.
Published 2016.09.02: Blog Post

Is Indonesia finally going in the right direction on palm oil?

For years we have wondered whether Indonesia would continue putting a priority on increasing use of palm-based biodiesel rather than on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and preserving forests and...If the government is really concerned about reducing GHG emissions by increasing use of biofuels, there is still time to make sure it includes sustainability clauses, for the environment and the...
Published 2016.08.26: Blog Post

Global milestone: The first million electric vehicles

Milestones are important, and numbers, especially large round numbers, make good ones. The automobile was born in 1879. Probably a little more than three decades later the millionth automobile took...Sometime this month, somewhere in the world, the millionth modern electric vehicle will hit the road. And in NYC, farsighted governments of the new International ZEV Alliance are coming together to...
Published 2015.09.29: Blog Post

Hybrids break into the Japanese market (July 2015 update)

Japan's 2013 passenger vehicle fuel economy guide is out (Japanese only), and for those interested in these matters it provides much food for thought. The most striking finding is that the fuel...Japan's just-released 2013 data shows that fuel economy of new PVs there improved 7% in 2012–2013, from 21.1 to 22.5 km/L (10-15 mode). Fuel economy is up more than 80% since 1995, and averaged 6%...
Published 2015.07.28: Blog Post

A Rorschach test for transport geeks: Passenger vehicle fuel efficiency in Japan

The latest version of Japan’s fuel economy guide for passenger vehicles was posted last week (Japanese only). Released annually by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT)...Is the fact that Japanese automakers stay 5–7 years ahead of regulatory targets evidence that they're geniuses, or that their regulators are unable to set realistic targets, or something in between?
Published 2015.04.03: Blog Post

Low oil prices, high time to move off of diesel subsidies

As markets around the world adjust to the decline in global oil prices, there is at least one positive outcome for clean transportation: dropping prices have helped the governments of India and...Indonesia has an opportunity to smoothly transition to more ambitious reforms of its fuel subsidy system. From a public health standpoint, the best course would be to eliminate subsidies entirely...
Published 2014.12.23: Blog Post

Is the Renewable Fuel Standard inadvertently driving up U.S. palm oil imports?

If you’re reading this on your lunch break, take a look at the ingredients label on your cookies. Chances are you’ll see one or a combination of soybean oil, palm oil, and canola oil, perhaps...About a third of all U.S. soybean oil goes into biodiesel that the RFS requires to be blended into diesel fuel. That's soybean oil that's no longer available to use in food products, leading to...
Published 2014.09.02: Blog Post

To fine or not to fine? Implementing standards

On May 7, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) released its proposed Enforcement Rule for New Passenger Car Corporate-Average Fuel Consumption Standard for public comment....China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has released its proposed Enforcement Rule for New Passenger Car Corporate-Average Fuel Consumption Standard for public comment. One...
Published 2014.06.25: Blog Post

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