On July 11, 2012, the European Commission put forward two regulatory proposals that would implement mandatory 2020 CO2 emission targets for new passenger vehicles (95 g/km) and light-commercial...
Published 2012.07.24: News
The United States Department of Agriculture has released a new report on climate change impacts on U.S. agriculture and the effectiveness of adaptation strategies. Comparing results from four...USDA expects climate change to reduce corn yields - mitigation strategies could protect yields, but at the risk of other environmental consequences.
Published 2012.07.20: Blog Post
On July 12, 2012, the Government of Mexico officially published proposed regulations of CO2 emissions and the fuel economy equivalent for new passenger vehicles—cars, pickup trucks, and SUVs—...
Published 2012.07.19: Publication
Update: Download our policy summary here [PDF] The Mexican government has published the final proposal (Proyecto) for fuel economy / CO2 standards in the Diario Oficial de la Federación, along with...Mexico's proposed fuel-economy standards are available for public comment.
Published 2012.07.13: Blog Post
Dreaming of the slopes in summer . . . : Detailing the EU 2020 CO2 emission regulation for passenger vehicles
Yesterday the European Commission put forward a proposal to amend the existing CO2 regulation for passenger vehicles by a mandatory 2020 target. (See our policy update here for a full summary.) The...The slope of the target line in the European Commission's final proposal for amending the CO2 emission standard for passenger cars was the subject of fierce debate among stakeholders.
Published 2012.07.11: Blog Post
On July 11, 2012, the European Commission put forward two regulatory proposals that would implement mandatory 2020 CO2 emission targets for new passenger vehicles and light-commercial vehicles (vans...
Published 2012.07.11: Publication
The ICCT and Verband der Automobilindustrie (VDA) commissioned the Institute for Internal Combustion Engines and Thermodynamics of the Graz University of Technology (TU Graz) to carry out tests of...
Published 2012.06.15: Publication
The U.S. EPA has issued a Notice of Data Availability (NODA) on grain sorghum [PDF] as a bioethanol feedstock under the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS2) program. The NODA was published in the federal...The U.S. EPA has issued a Notice of Data Availability (NODA) on grain sorghum as a bioethanol feedstock under the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS2) program. The NODA was published in the federal...
Published 2012.06.15: Blog Post
Vehicles are an important source of the air pollutants carbon monoxide (CO), nitrogen oxides (NOx), particulate matter (PM), volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and greenhouse gases emissions. Many of...
Published 2012.06.14: Event
Mario Molina published an op-ed yesterday in the Universal, one of Mexico's leading newspapers, that deserves wider attention. Dr. Molina was one of three recipients of the 1995 Nobel Prize in...Nobel Laureate (and ICCT participant) Mario Molina highlights the economic and environmental need for Mexico to adopt passenger vehicle fuel economy standards in an El Universal op-ed.
Published 2012.06.14: Blog Post
The Center for Automotive Research in Michigan recently cancelled its 2012 annual electric vehicle conference, with the conference co-director stating “We see the hype and the activity, but there...Opinions regarding the future of electric vehicles cycle between periods of enthusiastic optimism and bouts of near despair. For those new to the conversation some history is in order.
Published 2012.06.14: Blog Post
I spoke recently with ICCT senior fellow John German about the opportunities posed by harmonization of fuel economy standards throughout North America. It's a short "interview," about six minutes,...Conversation with ICCT senior fellow John German about the opportunities posed by harmonization of fuel economy standards throughout North America.
Published 2012.06.13: Blog Post
The cost of meeting standards for conventional pollutant emissions is a perennial bone of contention in arguments over vehicle emission regulations. The public health benefits of the most stringent...
Published 2012.06.11: Publication
Transferring land rights to indigenous populations in developing countries may be an effective way to prevent deforestation, according to a new report by the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI)....The Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) argues that enhancing indigenous land rights could deliver co-benefits in reduced deforestation
Published 2012.06.11: Blog Post
At both the micro and macro scale, there are many market forces—such as fuel prices, vehicle technology costs, capital restrictions—that influence the degree to which improved fuel efficiency is...
Published 2012.06.08: Page
Last week, the US Senate Armed Services Committee passed a resolution for the Senate’s FY2013 budget that will significantly curtail the Department of Defence’s (DOD) biofuel procurement plans for...United States Senate and House of Representatives pass budget resolutions limiting the ability of the US military to invest in commercialising advanced biofuels
Published 2012.06.01: Blog Post
The Institute for European Environmental Policy has released an assessment of potential straw supplies for the production of biofuels in the EU. Funded by Danish enzyme producer Novozyme, this report...IEEP highlights potential for straw to be mobilised as a biofuel feedstock for Europe
Published 2012.05.31: Blog Post
The ICCT India team last week broadcast the second webinar of its three-part series on analyses of cleaner vehicles and fuels in India. (E-mail us if you'd like to be informed of the next one, in...Some notes re. the 24 May webinar on fuel quality standards and compliance in India, with links to the recorded webinar and downloadable presentation.
Published 2012.05.29: Blog Post
The Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS2) requires gasoline and diesel in the U.S. to be blended with a certain amount of renewable fuel. The EPA’s final rule for the RFS2 identified a number of feedstocks...EPA withdraws rule on camelina and three grasses as biofuel feedstocks, pending further assessment
Published 2012.05.29: Blog Post