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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

EPA sets a first in accurately accounting for GHG emissions from waste biofuel feedstocks

In a rule released last month, EPA became the first regulatory body to accurately account for greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from displacing waste, residue, and byproduct biofuel feedstocks from pre-...In a rule released last month, EPA became the first regulatory body to accurately account for greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from displacing waste, residue, and byproduct biofuel feedstocks from pre-...
Published 2018.09.17: Blog Post

Sowing confusion on the European Commission’s proposal for truck CO2 standards

It’s been four months since the European Commission released its long-awaited proposal for regulating the CO2 emissions of trucks for the first time in Europe. In the record-setting summer heat, EU...The European Automobile Manufacturers Association's critique of the European Commission's proposal for regulating CO2 emissions from heavy trucks is an unpalatable dish concocted from dubious...
Published 2018.09.10: Blog Post

The future is electric, but why’s it taking so long?

As clean energy policy and business leaders convene in San Francisco for the September 12-14 Global Climate Action Summit, few topics of discussion are as hot as how to transition to electric...Many automakers have shared details on their plans for an electric future. How does it stack up to public policy goals?
Published 2018.09.06: Blog Post

U.S. states and cities take responsibility on clean cars

The Trump administration has been busy rolling back dozens of environmental policies, and their latest move is a proposal to decimate the clean car standards. Unfortunately, not only do they want to...The Trump administration has proposed rolling back the 2025 efficiency and emissions standards. Taking the biggest centralized policy tool off the table has compelled states and cities to fight the...
Published 2018.08.21: Blog Post

The EU must go further on CO2 truck targets

The European Union in now on the path to become the sixth market to regulate CO2 emissions or fuel consumption of heavy-duty vehicles. Japan, the United States, Canada, China and India have already...Increasing the stringency of the Europe's CO2 standards for HDVs would not only result in greater CO2 savings but also in a lower total cost of ownership for transport operators.
Published 2018.08.08: Blog Post

ICAO’s CORSIA scheme provides a weak nudge for in-sector carbon reductions

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has not yet figured out how to decarbonize jet fuels. Under the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA),...ICAO's Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation will probably not provide a meaningful framework to transition to alternative jet fuels.
Published 2018.08.06: Blog Post

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

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

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

Iceland is one of the world's most interesting electric vehicle markets

Iceland is a small country by measures like population and population density. But such measures do not always tell the full tale. Policymakers, researchers, and anyone interested in the future of...Iceland's electric vehicle market is booming. With low-carbon and inexpensive electricity, high fossil fuel prices, a high urbanization rate, and almost half of prospective buyers planning to...
Published 2018.07.09: Blog Post

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

Off the hook: Europe's current ZLEV proposal would allow CO2 emissions of new combustion engine vehicles to increase

In order to promote the uptake of electrified vehicles, the European Commission included targets for zero-and low-emission vehicles (ZLEV) in its recent regulatory proposal for the time period up to...Even though targets for low- and zero-emission vehicles are an innovative approach for EU standards, they could undercut the climate benefit of the regulation. Fortunately, with some slight...
Published 2018.06.21: Blog Post

Palm oil is the elephant in the greenhouse

Palm oil isn’t as bad for climate as you think. It’s worse. The oil palm industry is expanding quickly into tropical rainforest, and increasingly into peat swamp forest. The total land area planted...Palm oil isn’t as bad for climate as you think. It’s worse.
Published 2018.06.06: Blog Post

ILUC factors and palm oil yields: Resolving an apparent contradiction

Farmers and other biofuel stakeholders sometimes express disbelief in the magnitude of indirect land use change (ILUC) emissions that researchers say is associated with palm oil biodiesel. For...Palm plantations have a much higher yield of vegetable oil per hectare compared to rapeseed and other oil crops. How can the ILUC emissions for palm oil biodiesel be so much higher than for those...
Published 2018.05.31: Blog Post

Deixado para trás: Brasil poderá ser o último grande mercado automotivo a adotar o padrão Euro VI

Post in English O Brasil poderá ser o último dos grandes mercados automotivos sem padrões equivalentes ao Euro VI para caminhões e ônibus. As emissões de veículos novos são controladas através de...O padrão P-8 equivalente ao Euro VI é uma das políticas públicas mais custo efetivas que o Brasil poderia adotar na luta contra a poluição dos ônibus e caminhões.
Published 2018.05.23: Blog Post

Left in the dust: Brazil might be the last major automotive market to adopt Euro VI standards

Post em Português Brazil might be the last major automotive market without Euro VI-equivalent standards in place for heavy-duty trucks and buses. Emissions from new vehicles are controlled through...Euro VI-equivalent standards are one of the most cost-effective public policies Brazil could adopt to address air pollution from buses and heavy-duty vehicles.
Published 2018.05.23: Blog Post

NOx technology breakthrough or media stunt to halt diesel’s demise?

Bosch recently announced, with great fanfare, a breakthrough in the automotive world: A new technology that would solve once and for all the nitrogen oxide (NOx) problem of diesel engines. Being the...A new technology was recently announced that would solve the nitrogen oxide emission problem from diesel engines. But, is this really a new technological breakthrough?
Published 2018.05.22: Blog Post

Yes, your mother loves the flowers, but maybe not the cost of flying them in

Twice a year, at Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day, newspapers in the U.S. often print articles informing the public where their flowers come from. While the main purpose of these stories may be to...Around Mother’s Day, media outlets often publish articles about where the flowers we buy often originate and the extraordinary efforts taken to transport them to the U.S. How much jet fuel is burned...
Published 2018.05.09: Blog Post

ICAO, why can’t you be a bit more like your sister?

Arguably, the biggest climate news so far in 2018 is the International Maritime Organization, or IMO, finally adopting a global climate framework for international shipping. In doing so, it joined...IMO and ICAO, the sister UN agencies governing international shipping and aviation, have both struck global deals on greenhouse gas emissions. But why, oh why ICAO, can’t you be more like your sister...
Published 2018.05.02: Blog Post

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