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IMO agrees that we can control black carbon emissions from ships. But will we?

Amid new scientific evidence that most black carbon present in the Arctic is from burning fossil fuels, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) agreed last week that there are up to 41...The International Maritime Organization agreed on 41 appropriate ways to reduce black carbon from ships and will consider potential black carbon control policies at the next Marine Environment...
Published 2019.02.25: Blog Post

Transitioning away from heavy fuel oil in Arctic shipping

As Arctic shipping increases, pressure is mounting to protect the environment from fuels that are harmful when burned and spilled, including heavy fuel oil (HFO). Presently, the IMO is working to...
Published 2019.02.18: Publication

Put soot-free transport in your NDC

Climate news these days is downright depressing. Global CO2 emissions hit their highest level ever in 2017 and show no signs of peaking. Global average warming is now at 1 degree C and likely to...Soot-free transport will deliver black carbon reductions, which can help achieve the near-term cooling needed to meet a 1.5˚ C target. Climate negotiators in Poland this week ought to bring it into...
Published 2018.12.12: Blog Post

5th workshop on marine black carbon emissions

The International Council on Clean Transportation hosted its fifth technical workshop on marine black carbon (BC) emissions at the Energy Foundation offices in San Francisco, California, USA, on...
Published 2018.10.09: Event

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

Black carbon emissions and fuel use in global shipping, 2015

In this report, we present an updated global inventory of black carbon emissions from the global shipping sector. To produce this inventory, we developed new black carbon emission factors based on...
Published 2017.12.15: Publication

Mexico freight assessment

In September 2016, the ICCT commissioned The Sustainable Transport and Emissions Services Company to conduct an assessment of Mexico’s freight sector, with a focus on the on-road trucking industry....
Published 2017.10.30: Publication

4th workshop on marine black carbon emissions: Identifying appropriate measurement method(s)

This was the 4th in a series of technical workshop on marine black carbon emissions hosted by the International Council on Clean Transportation in Washington, DC, USA on October 4th and 5th, 2017....
Published 2017.10.20: Event

Whac-A-Mole on the high seas: The curious case of ship emissions

If you’re old enough to remember analog arcade games you might remember the game Whac-A-Mole. It’s the fun, but sometimes frustrating game where the player uses a soft mallet to hit moles that duck...As the International Maritime Organization meets again in London to discuss a sectoral cap on greenhouse gas emissions, we revisit the complexity of how to assign responsibility for shipping...
Published 2017.10.18: Blog Post

Study: Global shipping emissions rise as IMO meets to discuss climate action

Emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) from global shipping are on the rise again, according to a study released today by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT). This finding...
Published 2017.10.17: News

Greenhouse gas emissions from global shipping, 2013–2015

Reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is the key to avoiding the most catastrophic impacts of climate change. Despite international shipping being excluded from the Paris Agreement, the...
Published 2017.10.17: Publication

Low-carbon technology pathways for soot-free urban bus fleets in 20 megacities

Urban transit bus fleets are a significant source of air pollutant emissions, including black carbon, a harmful ultrafine particle and potent short-lived climate pollutant. Transit bus fleets are...
Published 2017.08.31: Publication

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

Prevalence of heavy fuel oil and black carbon in Arctic shipping, 2015 to 2025

Dwindling sea ice is opening new shipping routes through the Arctic, with shipping activity expected to increase with oil and gas development and as ships take advantage of shorter trans-Arctic...
Published 2017.05.01: Publication

Alternatives to heavy fuel oil use in the Arctic: Economic and environmental tradeoffs

The use of heavy fuel oil (HFO)—the leftover residues from the crude oil refining process—as a marine fuel poses serious environmental and economic risks, especially in ecologically sensitive areas...
Published 2017.04.18: Publication

Quibbles over the perfect way to measure black carbon emissions from ships are keeping us from commonsense moves to control them

At a time when Arctic sea ice should be nearing its maximum extent, we’re seeing record-low ice cover for this time of year. It’s so hot at the pole that scientists are toying with ideas to re-freeze...Without regulation, it’s unlikely that the international maritime shipping sector will voluntarily find ways to cut black carbon emissions, despite the climate benefit. Thus, we need to move on from...
Published 2017.03.21: Blog Post

Black carbon measurement methods and emission factors from ships

Black carbon (BC) emissions from ships contribute to human induced climate warming and are linked with human health issues, such as lung cancer, respiratory illness, and cardiopulmonary disease....
Published 2017.03.20: 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

Heavy fuel oil use in Arctic shipping in 2015

The use and carriage of heavy fuel oil (HFO) poses many risks to the Arctic environment, including damage from oil spills and emissions of black carbon, a potent climate pollutant. Recent discussions...
Published 2016.10.21: 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

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