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B10: Os debates sobre o combustível de referência não devem atrasar a adoção de limites de emissão rigorosos para veículos pesados no Brasil

Com a publicação da regra final das normas de emissão China VI em 28 de junho de 2018, o Brasil assume a vergonhosa posição de ser o último grande mercado automotivo sem limites de emissão...O Brasil é o último dos grandes mercados automotivos sem padrões para emissões de veículos pesados equivalentes ao Euro VI para proteção à saúde pública. A implementação rápida do P-8 resolveria tal...
Published 2018.08.03: Blog Post

To B10 or not to B10: Reference fuel debates should not delay adoption of world-class heavy-duty vehicle emission standards in Brazil

With the publication of the final rule for China VI emission standards on June 28, 2018, Brazil has the ignominious honor of being the last major automotive market without Euro VI-equivalent emission...Brazil is the last major auto market without Euro VI-equivalent emission standards for HDVs in place to protect public health. Implementing P-8 standards quickly would remedy that situation, and...
Published 2018.08.01: Blog Post

2017 year in review: European diesel down, electric vehicles on the rise

News outlets all over the world not so long ago compiled their "best-ofs"—or more likely "worst-ofs"—lists for 2017. Here we hop on the bandwagon, albeit a bit late, and look back at the last year in...News outlets have compiled their "best-ofs"—or more likely "worst-ofs"—lists for 2017. Here we hop on the bandwagon and look back at last year in the European vehicle market. Demand for low-emission...
Published 2018.01.24: Blog Post

Should Peru implement a fuel economy feebate system?

Peru has the fastest growing passenger car fleet in Latin America, thanks to the country's strong economic growth. From 2005 to 2015, annual sales of passenger cars increased more than 9 times, a 25...Peru is committed to the Global Fuel Economy Initiative “100 for 50 by 50” campaign, and the Peruvian government intent on reducing vehicle fuel consumption. That may open policy windows to...
Published 2018.01.19: Blog Post

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

Comments regarding EPA glider truck proposal, December 2017

Oral and written comments by Rachel Muncrief at a public hearing on the EPA proposal to repeal emission requirements for glider vehicles, glider engines, and glider kits established in the Phase 2...
Published 2017.12.06: News

Scott Pruitt’s EPA wants to resurrect the dirty diesel

Can’t get enough of zombie movies? Well, get ready for a real-life version. Scott Pruitt’s EPA is bringing the oldest and dirtiest diesel engines back from the dead—but disguising them in a shiny new...Additional NOx emissions from gliders under the Pruitt proposal would be 13 times what the impact of the Volkswagen fraud in the U.S. would have been had it gone undetected.
Published 2017.12.01: Blog Post

Glider industry petition in support of glider trucks debunks itself

It's not the most important or even the worst thing about the Pruitt EPA's proposal to reverse course on closing a loophole in the emissions regulations for heavy-duty vehicles that left "gliders"—...The summary of a "study" that the glider industry used to support its claim that EPA was wrong about how dirty gliders are is fingernails-on-a-chalkboard aggravating.
Published 2017.11.29: Blog Post

Public comment, draft India BS IV/V emissions standards for non-road vehicles

Comments submitted to the Indian Ministry of Road Transport and Highways on the draft notification of Bharat Stage (CEM/TREM) IV and V emission standards for agricultural tractors, construction...
Published 2017.11.29: News

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

London’s Clean Car Checker enables consumers to buy the cleanest vehicles

[This post originally appeared on the TRUE initiative website, www.trueinitiative.org, on 17 Oct 2017] Last week the city of London released its Clean Car Checker that provides consumers with real-...The city is taking a big step forward in fighting air pollution, and other cities would benefit from doing the same.
Published 2017.10.23: Blog Post

Status of policies for clean vehicles and fuels in select G20 countries

Realizing the immense opportunity to promote energy efficiency in their economies, G20 economies adopted an Energy Efficiency Action Plan that identified six focus areas for collaborative activity,...
Published 2017.08.15: 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

A sneak preview of future stages of Indian emission standards for non-road engines reveals a tractor-sized loophole

In January, the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) published a booklet summarizing Indian emissions regulations for transportation sources. It is a particularly valuable resource for...In short, it’s welcome news that Indian regulators have set their sights on catching up with best-practice emissions standards for non-road engines. Here’s hoping that in aiming for that goal in 2025...
Published 2017.04.06: Blog Post

Fiat-Chrysler, Renault-Nissan . . . who might be next?

The news earlier this month that the U.S. EPA had issued a Notice of Violation to Fiat-Chrysler for failing to inform the agency of several software "devices" that alter the behavior of the emissions...The current investigations might not prove that Fiat-Chrysler or Renault-Nissan used defeat devices per se, but these recalls confirm that automakers can do more than just the minimum necessary to...
Published 2017.01.30: Blog Post

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

Beyond hazardous

In Beijing, air pollution is once again off the charts. The first red alert of the winter was issued in December while I was there, and the heavy smog (mixed with apparently hazardous fog) is now...In Beijing, air pollution is once again off the charts. The air-quality challenge is exacerbated by geographical and meteorological conditions, but the human-made pollution is anything but a natural...
Published 2017.01.04: Blog Post

Workshop on particle emissions from heavy-duty buses and trucks, alternatives for Mexico City

The workshop was held at the Quinta Colorada in Chapultepec Park on September 26 and 27, 2016 and was co-sponsored by the ICCT and the Climate & Clean Air Coalition (CCAC). Mayor Miguel Ángel...
Published 2016.10.05: Event

Technology pathways for diesel engines used in non-road vehicles and equipment

Internal combustion engines are ubiquitous in today’s society. Applications for these engines cover a broad spectrum, ranging from vehicles that transport passengers and move goods to specialized...
Published 2016.09.16: Publication

Mexico City commits to a soot-free urban bus fleet

In Mexico City the summer rains have brought temporary relief from the choking, eye-watering, crisis-level air pollution of the spring. Driving restrictions have been lifted for private cars (...For any city wanting to reduce air pollution from vehicle emissions, buses are an obvious place to start. Mexico City has requested our support, and we will be developing a joint workplan, to kick...
Published 2016.07.28: Blog Post

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