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Automobile production in Canada and implications for Canada’s 2025 passenger vehicle greenhouse gas standards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recently announced that its passenger vehicle greenhouse gas (GHG) standards for 2025 will be weakened. With Canada’s regulation tied directly to the EPA...
Published 2018.04.10: Publication

Early adoption of China VI vehicle fuel standards in Jing-Jin-Ji and surrounding areas

In the Air Pollution Control Action Plan2 released in 2013, China’s State Council set a goal of improving air quality in 2017, including a reduction in the urban concentration of particulate matter (...
Published 2018.04.10: Publication

Xi Chen

Published 2018.04.09: Profile

Comparison of fuel consumption and emissions for representative heavy-duty vehicles in Europe

The ICCT commissioned the Institute for Internal Combustion Engines and Thermodynamics of the Graz University of Technology (TU Graz) to conduct track and chassis dynamometer testing to determine the...
Published 2018.04.08: Publication

A no-regrets option: What discussions in the European Parliament spotlight about a light-duty 2025–2030 CO2 standard for the EU

Recently I attended a workshop in the European Parliament on CO2 standards for new passenger cars and vans for 2025–2030, organized by the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (...Although there is broad agreement on what steps need to be taken regarding CO2 standards for new passenger cars and vans, the regulatory proposal from the European Commission is far from actually...
Published 2018.04.04: Blog Post

Canada lags the United States in climate accounting of biofuels

The Clean Fuel Standard (CFS), a major pillar of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, aims to reduce GHG emissions by 30 million tonnes of CO2e annually by 2030 by reducing...Canada's Clean Fuel Standard aims to reduce GHG emissions by 30 million tonnes of CO2e annually by 2030. However, by ignoring emissions from indirect land-use change, the CFS could hit its target on...
Published 2018.04.04: Blog Post

News reports and features, March 2018

Autobuses de Metrobús L7, de última tecnología ambiental: ICCT —La Prensa, 3/1/2018 Autobuses de L7 Metrobús, aliados del medio ambiente —Excélsior, 3/1/2018 Autobuses de L7 del Metrobús contaminan...
Published 2018.03.31: News

Automation in the long haul: Challenges and opportunities of autonomous heavy-duty trucking in the United States

This paper investigates the state of autonomous trucking technology, including the benefits and drawbacks of adoption, and the impact on fuel use and emissions in the on-road freight sector. Core...
Published 2018.03.29: Publication

Unique challenges and solutions to sustainable transport issues in Africa

The transport sector accounts for almost one quarter of all global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and is one of the main contributors to urban air pollution in most cities. African countries and...The transport sector accounts for almost one quarter of all global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and is one of the main contributors to urban air pollution in most cities. African countries and...
Published 2018.03.28: Blog Post

How will off-cycle credits impact U.S. 2025 efficiency standards?

This white paper analyzes the U.S. off-cycle credit program within the 2025 greenhouse gas regulations. Specifically, the paper analyses the predicted and actual use of the off-cycle provisions based...
Published 2018.03.27: Publication

As Trump Administration signals potential rollback in U.S. fuel economy standards, evidence quietly mounts that automakers can readily meet or exceed targets in 2025

Studies show again that the speed and scale at which manufacturers have deployed innovative powertrain and vehicle designs, as well as "off-cycle" technologies, outstripped regulators' conservative...
Published 2018.03.27: News

2018 Asia Pacific Clean Air Partnership Joint Forum and Clean Air Week

On March 20, 2018, ICCT researcher Zifei Yang presented at two workshops organized by UN Environment and Clean Air Asia as side events at the 2018 Asia Pacific Clean Air Partnership Joint Forum and...
Published 2018.03.21: Event

Policy and Environmental Implications of Using HEFA+ for Aviation

The aviation sector must confront rapidly increasing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and ambitious decarbonization targets. Alternative jet fuels (AJFs) could be route to decarbonizing this sector,...
Published 2018.03.21: Publication

Diesel car sales decline will have negligible impact on attainment of European CO2 emission standards

The share of diesel vehicles among new car registrations in the EU decreased from a peak of 55% in 2011 to 49% in 2016. Recent data indicate that diesel shares continued to fall in 2017 and early...
Published 2018.03.18: Publication

Africa Clean Mobility Week

Countries in Africa have among the highest urbanization and vehicle fleet growth rates in the world. Africa's countries and cities are introducing new mobility plans that combine increased public...
Published 2018.03.16: Event

An overview of Canada's proposed clean fuel standard

This policy update provides a summary of Canada’s proposed federal clean fuel standard (CFS) policy structure based on proposals and the framework document from Environment and Climate Change Canada...
Published 2018.03.13: Publication

Practical lessons in vehicle efficiency policy: The 10-year evolution of France's CO2-based bonus-malus (feebate) system

As we've pointed out in the past (for example, here and here), feebate systems can be an effective policy tool for promoting vehicle efficiency and reducing both fuel consumption and CO2 emissions....Feebate systems can be an effective policy tool for promoting vehicle efficiency. A change that France made recently to its feebate system illustrates the absolute best way to do things, while a look...
Published 2018.03.12: Blog Post

Don't throw out California's ILUC factors yet

Soy biodiesel is generally understood to have high indirect land use change (ILUC) emissions.  For example, California assigns an ILUC factor of 29 gCO2e/MJ to biodiesel in its Low Carbon Fuel...Newer is not always better. California’s ILUC analysis relies on stronger evidence on palm oil expansion than a new study from Argonne National Laboratory.
Published 2018.03.09: Blog Post

Using a Contracts for Difference Program to Support Dairy Biogas in California

As part of its overall climate strategy, California is seeking reductions in short-lived climate pollutants, such as methane, through the implementation of the 2016 Senate Bill 1383. This California...
Published 2018.03.07: Publication

Soot-free buses and trucks for Mexico: Establishing the roadmap for Central and South America

Mexico is now officially the first country in Latin America to adopt national soot-free emissions standards for heavy-duty vehicles. NOM-044-SEMARNAT-2017 introduces the Euro VI or US 2010 standard...If the experience in Mexico is any indication, some manufacturers will likely look to weaken and delay the inevitable, rather than embracing and enacting cleaner standards that will make cities more...
Published 2018.03.07: Blog Post