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Climate and air pollutant emissions benefits of bus technology options in São Paulo

Portuguese version In January 2018, the city of São Paulo, Brazil, adopted Law 16.802, an amendment to its Climate Change Law that sets 10-year and 20-year targets for fleetwide reductions in...
Published 2019.02.01: Publication

Benefícios de tecnologias de ônibus em termos de emissões de poluentes do ar e do clima em São Paulo

English version Em janeiro de 2018, a cidade de São Paulo, Brasil, adotou a Lei 16.802, uma amenda a sua Lei de Mudanças Climáticas que estabelece metas para os prazos de 10 e 20 anos de reduções...
Published 2019.02.01: Publication

Second-phase fuel economy standards for on-road heavy-duty vehicles in Japan

Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transportation finalized new fuel economy standards for new on-road heavy-duty vehicles as part of the government’s ongoing effort to reduce the country’...
Published 2019.01.28: Publication

Benchmarking the growth of zero-emissions trucking

In my last blog entry, I argued that the super credits system proposed by the European Commission to spur the adoption of zero- and low-emission vehicles (ZLEV) puts the incentives in the wrong place...The European Council, Parliament, and Commission are currently negotiating CO2 standards for trucks, and in particular, on the thorny topic of ZLEV incentives. Will it be a benchmark or super credits...
Published 2019.01.22: Blog Post

CO2 emission standards for passenger cars and light-commercial vehicles in the European Union

On December 17, 2018, representatives of the European Commission, the European Parliament, and the European Council agreed on a compromise for the European Union (EU) regulation setting binding...
Published 2019.01.03: Publication

U.S. airlines on track to meet one carbon goal, even without government leadership

In 2009, the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the global trade association for cargo and passenger air carriers, set three goals for the reduction of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions...Airlines are expected to achieve their goal of an average improvement in fuel efficiency of 1.5% per year.
Published 2018.12.17: Blog Post

Fixing the broken super credits scheme of the proposed HDV CO2 standards

We are entering the final stretch of one of the most important races of the EU to decarbonize transport. If everything goes according to plan, in about four months the EU should become the sixth...If super credits are here to stay, we can at least try to make them better by getting buses out of the scheme and accounting for freight activity.
Published 2018.12.03: Blog Post

Comments and recommendations for MDIC’s draft resolution establishing efficiency targets for new on-road HDVs

Comments and recommendations on Brazil’s Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade’s proposal to establish efficiency targets for new on-road heavy-duty vehicles. ICCT Comments and...
Published 2018.11.29: News

Decarbonizing aviation through low-carbon fuels will be beyond difficult

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) appears to believe that the international aviation industry can meet its steep carbon targets under the Paris Agreement almost entirely through...It's unlikely that the aviation industry can meet its steep carbon targets almost entirely through the use of low-carbon fuels.
Published 2018.11.15: Blog Post

IMO: More efficient container and general cargo ships are on the horizon, but don’t pick on the small guys

On October 26, 2018, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) tentatively agreed to make some new ships more efficient in what will be an important step towards implementing the organization’s...IMO has tentatively agreed to make some new ships more efficient, but that’s on hold to address equity concerns. What does this mean for emissions and for further efforts to reduce climate pollution...
Published 2018.10.29: 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

Can alternative jet fuels crowd out demand from the road sector?

In the aviation industry’s vision of the future, neatly laid out by the International Civil Aviation Organization, airlines can meet all of their obligations under the Paris Agreement through simple...Proponents of alternative jet fuels often ignore the reality that many other sectors have laid claims to limited bio-resources as part of their own decarbonization strategies
Published 2018.10.24: Blog Post

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

Death, taxes, and supersonic aircraft? Considering what’s certain, and what isn’t, under the FAA Reauthorization Act

There’s an old saw, most famously attributed to Benjamin Franklin, that nothing in life is certain but death and taxes. More recently, some have argued that the return of commercial supersonic flight...Despite a nod to supersonic aircraft in the new FAA reauthorization, CO2 and noise standards are still uncertain.
Published 2018.10.10: Blog Post

Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Mid-term Evaluation of Model Year 2022 to 2025 Light Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards

Comments submitted September 28, 2018 to Environment and Climate Change Canada regarding the Mid-term Evaluation of Model Year 2022 to 2025 Light Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards....
Published 2018.10.02: News

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

Compliance with India’s first fuel-consumption standards for new passenger cars (FY 2017–2018)

This briefing evaluates the compliance of manufacturer groups in India with fiscal year (FY) 2017–2018 fuel consumption standards and their readiness to meet more stringent requirements taking effect...
Published 2018.09.25: Publication

Trailer CO2 Certification in the European Union

Trailers are a key component of the on-road freight transport system. Still, they have not yet been included in the regulatory measures aimed at reducing the CO2 emissions from the sector. Aware of...
Published 2018.09.24: Publication

Certifying emissions from non-emitting transport: Trailers and the proposed HDV standards in the EU

If you follow the news on regulatory developments for tackling CO2 emissions from transport, you are probably familiar with the European Commission’s proposal to set mandatory reduction targets for...Trailers are a key component of the freight transportation system, and although they do not emit CO2 of their own, they can provide a substantial contribution to curbing CO2 emissions from long-haul...
Published 2018.09.24: Blog Post

Final second-phase greenhouse gas emissions standards for heavy-duty engines and vehicles in Canada

On May 30, 2018, Canada published final standards to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from new on-road heavy-duty vehicles. The new regulation is part of Canada’s economy-wide commitment to...
Published 2018.09.21: Publication

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