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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

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

U.S. and Canada: On vehicle emissions compliance and enforcement, two feds are better than one

It’s hard to overstate the importance of the Volkswagen Dieselgate scandal in terms of raising international awareness around the critical importance of having robust provisions in place to monitor...As both U.S. and Canada work to improve their C&E programs, we applaud their team effort to tackle air quality challenges, encourage them to continue to strengthen this partnership, and hope to...
Published 2018.01.22: Blog Post

U.S. fuel economy trends reflect a business strategy, not a technology challenge

The Environmental Protection Agency recently released its 1975-2017 Fuel Economy Trends report and its 2016 Manufacturer Performance report. For the last year or two the auto manufacturers have been...The next time somebody cries crocodile tears about how sales trends show the automakers struggling to meet the fuel economy targets and falling behind despite their best efforts, tell them you want...
Published 2018.01.19: 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

Naming and shaming manufacturers only works if you have a strong regulator

Defeat devices, airbags that spray metal shards when they deploy, malfunctioning exhaust catalysts . . . what next will cause car manufacturers to recall hundreds of thousands of vehicles? Nissan,...Even though Japan’s compliance and enforcement program is one of the most comprehensive, it could still be improved. Japan has an outsize influence on compliance and enforcement worldwide because it...
Published 2018.01.17: Blog Post

The future of transportation: autonomous and…internal combustion?

*/ /*-->*/ Technology is revolutionizing the way we get around, as illustrated by the millions of people who have used an app to rent, share, or hail a ride. Technological breakthroughs are...A common, comforting assumption about the future of transportation is that it will be autonomous, shared, and electric, which implies that it will offer deep emissions reductions. The problem with...
Published 2018.01.16: Blog Post

Introducing Soot-free Transport

The new year has welcomed more of the same bad air in Delhi and the Valley of Mexico, while Beijing is definitely breathing easier than last winter. Diesel vehicles are a part of the problem in each...The truth is that we’ve had ready solutions at hand for the 15+ years that I’ve been working on urban air pollution. Today, soot-free transport solutions are ever more available, with manufacturers...
Published 2018.01.11: Blog Post

Will an electric charger be your next gas station?

Electric cars keep coming, and the major oil companies are taking notice. Exxon Mobil and BP estimate that we could see 100 million electric vehicles on the road by 2040. Some suggest electric cars...If your next car is going to be electric, where you might “fill up” is a good and practical question that has to be resolved. There is evidence to suggest that fast charging at least shows promise as...
Published 2018.01.08: Blog Post

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

Batteries or fuel cells: Who’s in it for the long haul?

Last week, Tesla revealed the newest—and biggest, by far—addition to its fleet of electric vehicles: a battery-powered all-electric Class 8 truck. Battery electric freight trucks have been on the...Tesla isn’t the only company betting big on long-haul electric trucks. Some of the others are betting on hydrogen, some on catenary systems. But don't look yet for an odds-on favorite.
Published 2017.11.21: Blog Post

Delta should double down on CSeries, fuel savings

Many of us in the aviation field are in serious need of an airsickness bag, given the turbulence we’ve experienced recently over the Bombardier CSeries. That’s the new aircraft developed by the...Bombardier's new aircraft is mired in trade disputes, and that's creating some uncertainty over Delta Air Lines' order for 75 CS100 planes. But if Delta keeps its eye on the fuel savings it will reap...
Published 2017.11.17: Blog Post

Zero emission buses are worth reaching for, but emission performance standards are the low-hanging fruit

Sales of battery electric buses (BEBs) are surging in major cities around the world. Los Angeles, California committed to shift its 2,200 bus fleet to zero-emission buses (including BEBs) by 2030,...Sales of battery electric buses are surging, yet a complete technology transition won't happen overnight. Meanwhile, tightening emission standards on conventionally powered buses would have immediate...
Published 2017.11.16: Blog Post

The hidden cost of Indonesia’s biodiesel mandate to consumers

Indonesian drivers probably don’t realize they are paying more at the pump because of their country’s biodiesel mandate, which sets ambitious targets for the blending of biodiesel in diesel fuel....Indonesian drivers probably don’t realize they are paying more at the pump because of their country’s biodiesel mandate, which sets ambitious targets for the blending of biodiesel in diesel fuel....
Published 2017.11.15: Blog Post

Early Christmas present to the car industry, or lump of coal? The European Commission regulatory proposal for reducing new vehicle CO2 emissions post-2020

The timing was chosen carefully. The 23rd Conference of Parties (COP) had just started in Bonn, Germany, when the European Commission revealed its regulatory proposal for reducing CO2 emissions from...A first reaction to the European Commission's proposal, released yesterday, for extending the new-car and light-commercial vehicle CO2 emissions standards out to 2030.
Published 2017.11.09: Blog Post

Greenwashing food-based biofuels in Europe

The term “Highly sustainable crop based biofuels” (HSCBBs) sounds environmentally friendly. It sounds like the kind of low-carbon biofuel that avoids the food vs. fuel debate. But unfortunately, the...The food-based biofuel cap is in the Commission’s Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) proposal for a reason, and effectively removing it through the exception for HSCCBs can hardly be called “...
Published 2017.10.30: Blog Post

The transition to electric cars: How can policy pave the way?

[This post originally appeared on the website of the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development on 19 October 2017.] The pronouncements keep coming. Policymakers in France, Germany,...Governments the world over face major challenges to reduce the health and environmental impacts from the transportation sector. Steering the car market to electric vehicles and ultimately zero-...
Published 2017.10.25: Blog Post

Legislative do over creates opportunity for clean bus transition in São Paulo

On September 12, 2017, the Climate Committee of São Paulo approved a proposed amendment to Article 50 of the city’s Climate Change Law, one of several proposals now under discussion to improve the...São Paulo’s clean bus transition has been delayed for long enough. The negotiations of the Article 50 amendment provide an opportunity for policymakers to put the city back on the right path for...
Published 2017.10.23: Blog Post

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

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