The new head of Secretariat of the Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT), Rafeal Pacchiano Alamán, has announced that Mexico will undertake a real-world, in-use testing program for diesel...Mexico's newly announced real-world testing program for diesel vehicles is a great step. Unfortunately, we already know they won’t be clean. So there are other steps to take.
Published 2015.09.28: Blog Post
Last Friday, during President Xi Jinping’s visit to Washington, DC, China announced further significant steps to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Among the important elements of China’s strategy is a...
Published 2015.09.28: News
As the story concerning in-use NOx emissions from diesel passenger vehicles continues to unfold, a number of questions concerning the ICCT's past and on-going research into discrepancies between...
Published 2015.09.25: News
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
Latest study shows average discrepancy between passenger vehicle type-approval test results and in-use fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions now at 40 per cent in the EU The gap between...
Published 2015.09.24: News
This 2015 update to a series begun in 2013 analyzes eleven data sources covering fourteen years, six countries, and almost 600,000 vehicles. The analysis shows that in the EU the gap between official...
Published 2015.09.24: Publication
Even if you don't track news from the "apocalypse beat" closely, the lexicon of climate science and policy is probably familiar: carbon footprint, carbon budget, 2-degree scenario, CO2 equivalent,...An explanation of why getting control of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) in the near term will do a lot to determine whether we get control of global warming in the long term.
Published 2015.09.23: Blog Post
Investigation into "defeat device" allegedly used to circumvent emissions tests began with ICCT-sponsored research on in-use emissions from diesel passenger cars Highlights the global need for...
Published 2015.09.18: News
Following the timeline determined in the Corporate Average Fuel Consumption (CAFC) accounting rule, China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) released its 2014 CAFC report in...With an average fuel consumption of 7.22 L/100km for the 2014 passenger vehicle fleet, will China be able to meet the national fuel consumption goal of 6.9 L/100km in 2015?
Published 2015.09.18: Blog Post
The Indian Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas has been considering the possibility of leapfrogging from Bharat Stage (BS) IV emission standards in April 2017 to BS VI emission standards in April...
Published 2015.09.15: Publication
Vehicle emissions testing in the EU: Why we are still struggling with the dead hand of the past—and what the future is likely to bring
The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) was established in 2008 to advise the British government on emissions targets and report to Parliament on progress made in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and...Manufacturers effectively exploit loopholes in the vehicle CO2 emissions test procedure. The WLTP will help, but can't solve the problem entirely; we need in-use conformity and on-road testing in the...
Published 2015.09.09: Blog Post
[Press release] Vehicle tests show dramatic variation in NOx emissions from modern diesel cars on new EU test cycle, with exceedances up to 15 times the current regulatory limit
Some automakers meeting diesel NOx emissions standards under more realistic driving conditions, while others lag badly. The technologies to control emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) from modern...
Published 2015.09.03: News
Controlling nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions from Euro 6 diesel passenger cars is one of the biggest technical challenges facing automakers. Euro 6 limits NOx emissions from diesel passenger cars to 80...
Published 2015.09.03: Publication
This report updates a 2009 study that analyzed the sales- and activity-weighted fuel efficiency improvement of commercial jet aircraft from 1960 to 2008. It improves on that work in several...
Published 2015.09.03: Publication
Estimating the costs of vehicle efficiency: Will the European Commission incorporate lessons from experience?
Earlier this year, I wrote about estimating future vehicle technology costs, to make the observation that in reality meeting CO2 reduction targets has consistently ended up being cheaper than...Draft vehicle technology cost curves for post-2020 CO2 standard were presented to the European Commission in late July. Here's how they look in light of earlier (not always accurate) estimates.
Published 2015.09.02: Blog Post
Review of Current Practices and New Developments in Heavy-Duty Vehicle Inspection and Maintenance Programs
The purpose of an inspection and maintenance (I/M) program is to identify high-emitting vehicles and mitigate their impact on air quality and climate. I/M programs require vehicle owners to regularly...
Published 2015.09.01: Publication
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
Last week, my colleague Anup Bandivadekar and I held a webinar to discuss the heavy-duty truck and bus market in India and considerations for an upcoming regulatory program to improve the fuel...Efficiency standards for engines are the most advantageous regulatory design option for India to maximize near-term fuel savings and emission reduction benefits from new heavy-duty vehicles. Engine...
Published 2015.08.25: Blog Post