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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

What you don’t know can hurt you: European vacation edition

In our recent transatlantic airline fuel efficiency study update, we compared the fuel efficiency of 20 airlines with routes between the United States and Europe. Most of the transatlantic routes in...Finding the lowest carbon flight for a specific trip is more complicated than simply choosing the most fuel-efficient carrier.
Published 2018.12.10: Blog Post

Why efficiency technology still matters in China

On September 5, 2018, six years after its retreat from the U.S. car market., the Suzuki Motor Corp. officially pulled out of China. As stated by Suzuki’s Chairman, the consumer shift in China towards...Until BEVs are able to meet the needs of mainstream vehicle market in China, manufacturers are continuing to develop advanced efficiency technologies for use in conventional vehicles. 
Published 2018.09.17: Blog Post

On vehicle efficiency standards, it’s time for Canada to chart its own course

On Thursday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) released a joint Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for revised fuel efficiency...Now that the EPA and NHTSA proposal for revised fuel efficiency standards is out, the full extent of the roll back and the significant implications for Canada are clear
Published 2018.08.02: Blog Post

One weird trick to improve airline efficiency - gain belly weight!

In our recent transpacific airline fuel-efficiency ranking, we quantified the passenger-based fuel efficiency of 20 airlines after correcting for cargo carried on passenger flights ("belly freight...Would ICCT's recent transpacific fuel efficiency ranking change if dedicated freighters were taken into account? Did the rankings incorrectly reward airlines for carrying belly freight when putting...
Published 2018.02.22: 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

7 + 3 = 10

The Run on Less roadshow tracked seven trucking fleets around the U.S. and Canada over a 3-week span to showcase highly fuel efficient tractor-trailers using off-the-shelf technologies. The Run...7 fleets put the U.S. average fuel economy of 6 mpg in their rear-view mirrors long ago. Run on Less was a great way to help to get the word out to the rest of the industry that these results are no...
Published 2017.09.29: Blog Post

Why (Run on) Less is more…

“Run on Less” is more than just a catchy slogan or fancy new report. What is Run on Less? It’s a first-of-its-kind event in which several trucking fleets are showcasing highly efficient tractor-...A first-of-its-kind event in which several trucking fleets are showcasing highly efficient tractor-trailers in real-world operations, to culminate at the North American Commercial Vehicle inaugural...
Published 2017.09.05: Blog Post

Maximizing aircraft fuel efficiency: Don’t skimp on R&D

Part 4 in a series featuring interviews with experts who worked with the ICCT on our cost assessment of near- and mid-term technologies to improve new aircraft fuel efficiency. The aim of the series...An interview with Dr. Fay Collier, Associate Director for Flight Strategy, Integrated Aviation Systems Program at NASA Aeronautics and a former Project Manager at NASA Environmentally Responsible...
Published 2017.08.15: Blog Post

Maximizing aircraft fuel efficiency: Engines matter

Part 4 in a series featuring interviews with experts who worked with the ICCT on our cost assessment of near- and mid-term technologies to improve new aircraft fuel efficiency. The aim of the series...A conversation with Dr. Meyer (Mike) J. Benzakein on the importance of developing fuel efficient engines.
Published 2017.08.08: Blog Post

Germany's G20 leadership could expand international cooperation on vehicle efficiency

Since Germany began its G20 presidency last December, the German leadership has made it clear that the energy sector is a top priority for 2017. The new Sustainability Working Group (SWG) has...At the next G20 Summit in July in Hamburg, Germany can lay the groundwork to achieve substantial energy savings and environmental benefits in three important ways.
Published 2017.05.17: Blog Post

Are automakers beating the U.S. vehicle fuel economy standards? Yep, bigly.

Pretty much everybody prefers a vehicle with better fuel economy than worse, all else being equal. After all, who wants to waste money on fuel? And so automakers keep touting how their cars and even...Highlights that low-cost efficiency technology keeps entering the auto market, and automakers keep beating the efficiency standards. Luckily, there is every reason to believe we’ll continue to see...
Published 2016.11.02: Blog Post

Brother, can you spare three cents (for the climate)?

Optimism is growing for a potential deal at ICAO’s 39th Assembly this week on a global market-based measure (MBM) to price carbon emissions from international aviation. Under the system, carriers...A back-of-the-envelope calculation shows that the ICAO agreement would entail the aviation industry paying about three cents on the dollar of its climate damages from 2021 to 2035.
Published 2016.10.03: Blog Post

Truck trailers in the U.S.: Leading from behind

So Tuesday was a really big deal for commercial trailers in the U.S. The U.S. Environment Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released the final rulemaking (FRM)...With the Phase 2 regulation, trailers in the U.S. become the first in the world to be regulated based on their impact on fuel efficiency and carbon emissions. 
Published 2016.08.18: Blog Post

A big win-win on big trucks

Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released the final rulemaking (FRM) for heavy-duty vehicle fuel-efficiency and greenhouse gas...The final Phase 2 rule is estimated to result in 1.1 billion tons of CO2 reduction over the regulated vehicles’ lifetimes and is considered to be the most comprehensive and technically ambitious...
Published 2016.08.16: Blog Post

The European Union’s leadership void on heavy-duty vehicle GHG standards

Many countries around the world look to Europe as a guiding example for vehicle and fuel environmental policy. For the past 20 years, India, China, Russia, Australia, Thailand, and S. Korea (to cite...If the European Comission persists in its indecision around GHG regulation for HDVs, they risk falling behind the US and other countries in HDV efficiency technology development and deployment. 
Published 2016.06.13: Blog Post

Turning over a new leaf: Electric vehicle carbon emissions

A few times a year, a news story appears about electric vehicles having high carbon emissions, throwing doubt onto electric vehicles' ability to play a major part in any low-carbon transportation...EV sales are up globally, and electrical grid emissions keeping getting lower.
Published 2016.01.19: Blog Post

South Korea’s new light-duty vehicle efficiency standards

The Republic of Korea's national strategy for green growth aims to make that country the world’s seventh largest green economic power by 2020. New light-vehicle fuel efficiency standards are one of...The Republic of Korea's national strategy for green growth aims to make that country the world’s seventh largest green economic power by 2020. New light-vehicle fuel efficiency standards are one of...
Published 2015.10.28: Blog Post

Is there an e-Autobahn in our future?

In the small town of Templin, Germany one hour north of Berlin, on the site of an old Soviet airfield, Siemens engineers are hard at work on what could be the future of low-carbon freight transport....How will the heavy duty vehicle sector achieve decarbonization in the long term? Perhaps a new technology being developed by Siemens will be part of the answer.
Published 2015.09.25: Blog Post

Will new U.S. truck standards bring “SuperTrucks” to the market?

As we’ve indicated previously, there is a lot at stake with the proposed U.S. truck efficiency standards. This was made even more evident by the input from many stakeholders at the recent EPA and...Compared with the U.S. Deptarment of Energy SuperTruck demonstrations, just how “Super” are the proposed US tractor-trailer standards for model year 2027? Not very.
Published 2015.08.31: Blog Post

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