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(Source: US DOE Argonne National Lab., 9 Oct., 2020) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.anl.gov
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Cummins will work to develop a prototype, modular, scalable zero-emissions fuel cell design meant for both heavy-duty trucks and transit buses. The GTI project seeks to create a hybrid line-haul rail locomotive that runs on renewable natural gas, while
West Virginia University will study the difference in maintenance and labor costs for alternative fuel trucks powered by natural gas, propane, and electric when compared against standard diesel trucks. In particular, it will examine the link between the operational facets of alternative fuel vehicles and their effects on maintenance and repair. (Source: US DOE, Daily Energy Insider, 28 Aug., 2020) Contact: GTI, 847-768-0500 847-768-0501 - fax, email@example.com, www.gti.energy; Cummins Inc., (317) 610-4244, www.cummins.com; SoCalGas, (800) 427-2200, www.socalgas.com
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The consultation document includes proposals aimed at avoiding confusion, especially as the country's vehicle fleet is heavier than the 27 country EU fleets. Moving from the EU fleet average to a UK specific value would "immediately make regulatory targets more demanding for all manufacturers," the consultation document notes.
When made into legislation as proposed, the UK will keep the EU's 15 pct CO2 emission reduction target for cars and vans from 2025, and a 37.5 pct reduction for cars and 31 pct for vans come 2030. Carmakers will face fines of £86 instead of €95 for every gram of CO2 exceeded. The limit is 95 grams per km, and manufacturers will still base their targets on the average weight of vehicles sold.
Download the Department for Transport document details HERE. (Source: UK Gov. Department for Transport, electrive.com, Aug., 2020)
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Heavy-duty vehicles account for 28 pct of greenhouse gas emissions from the nation's on-road transportation sector, 45 pct of on-road NOx emissions and 57 pct of on-road PM2.5 emissions.
(Source: cleanenergy.org, 15 July, 2020)
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Average estimated real-world auto CO2 emissions are projected to fall 6 g/mi to 346 g/mi and fuel economy is projected to increase 0.4 mpg to 25.5 mpg. All the large manufacturers -- with production of more than 150,000 in model year 2018 -- ended the 2018 model year in compliance with the GHG target program, the report noted.
The authorities also called on drivers to use alternative fuels, including the "active use of charcoal-powered vehicles." (Source: Daily NK, 7 May, 2020)
Editor's Note: Daily NK is an online newspaper focusing on issues relating to North Korea. The site is based in South Korea where it reports stories allegedly obtained from inside North Korea via a network of informants. The service, which was established in April 2010 with staff in Washington DC, Seoul, and London, describes itself as "an unrivaled source of information analysis and news about North Korea."
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"However, this pandemic does not provide decision makers with a license to haphazardly reverse decades of environmental progress and climate change laws. Unfortunately, that is exactly what is happening as the administration is seemingly using the pandemic as a 'red herring' to gut numerous laws. This misguided attempt to undermine climate change policy is particularly troublesome especially when considering that 64 pct of Americans believe climate change is a serious threat and/or a crisis.
"Surfrider believes it is unconscionable to gut environmental laws while most Americans are deeply concerned about the global pandemic and will be less likely to engage in civics. Not only are these rollbacks underhanded, but they contribute more air and water pollution which will impact residents with health conditions, making them more susceptible to Covid-19. A new Harvard study found that air pollution can be significantly linked to higher rates of death in people with Covid-19.
"It should be noted that some rollbacks were proposed prior to Covid-19, and are part of a broader pattern of environmental deregulation under the Trump administration. Yet, the most recent rollback is particularly troubling because it dramatically weakens vehicle emissions standards that were hard-fought over the past decade. Another attempt to undermined climate change efforts came when the administration proposed to revoke California's authority's to set higher air quality standards than the federal government. Of course, California promptly sued and the case is making its way through the courts.
"The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), a paramount environmental law that mandates climate change review, has also become another target. The Trump administration brazenly proposed a rule that climate change impacts should not be considered under NEPA. The proposal has met significant opposition in Congress where a Democrat and Republican co-authored a bipartisan sign on letter opposing the administration's plan. Moreover, the courts have a long history of requiring government agencies and businesses to weigh climate change impacts during decision-making and implementing large projects.
"Then there are oil and gas production rollbacks. For years, the DoI has drastically weakened offshore drilling safety regulations. To add insult to injury, the administration launched a controversial plan to open up roughly 90 pct of U.S. waters to oil drilling, which Surfrider and our partners have helped stall. Most recently, the administration auctioned off 78 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico to oil/gas producers despite cries to halt sales until after the pandemic.
"Right now, our global community is experiencing two crises -- Covid-19 and climate change -- and we should be applying the same lessons to each crisis. While times have been challenging the past several weeks, there are positive lessons to embrace that relate to climate change:
Needless to say, it shouldn't take a global pandemic for us to make bold reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. The threats posed by climate change have become abundantly clear and the solutions are right in front of us. Please join Surfrider in opposing environmental rollbacks and urging our government leaders to take bold action on climate change.
(Source: Surfrider Foundation, Sefanie Sekich-Quinn, Blog, 23 April, 2020) Contact: Surfrider Foundation, Stefanie Sekich-Quinn, California Policy Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org,
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The volume weighted average CO2 emissions for 23 European markets reached 121.8 g/km under the NEDC vehicle test regime during 2019, the report found. The 2019 CO2 emissions level was 1.3 g/km higher than in 2018 but represented a lower increase than between 2017 and 2018, when the rise was 2.4 g/km.
Germany, the UK, Italy and Spain all registered rising average CO2 emissions in 2019.
France was the only market to see better results, as its average fell from 112g/km in 2018, to 111.1g/km last year.
Despite this positive change, their emission levels were still higher than the averages they recorded in 2016 and 2017, according to the report. (Source: Automotive Management, Jato Dynamics, 3 Mar., 2020) Contact: Jato Dynamics, +44 (0) 20 8423 7100,
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As originally proposed in the government's Road to Zero Strategy in 2018, the plan would have banned petrol and diesel fuel vehicles after 2040 with the exception of hybrids emitting less than 75g/km of CO2, which would still be allowed.
(Source: Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders , AutoCar, Feb., 2020) Contact: SMMT, Mike Hawes, +44 (0)20 7235 7000,
+44 (0)20 7235 7112 - fax, www.smmt.co.uk
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In its appeal, Suncor, which received waivers for what were previously two refineries in Commerce City, Colorado, argued the agency's action was "arbitrary, capricious, and not otherwise in accordance with law." The EPA reportedly rejected Suncor's petition because the refineries no longer meet EPA's definition of a small refinery, which produces 75,000 bpd or less. Suncor previously received waivers for what were two small refineries, one that produced nearly 33,000 bpd and another at nearly 67,000 in 2018. The refineries were among the original facilities to receive waivers in 2006.
According to the company's website, since 2006, Suncor has been making a significant impact in Canada's emerging biofuels industry. Suncor is using revenues from oil sands development to invest in biofuels, particularly ethanol produced from corn. Ethanol is a cleaner burning, renewable resource. The ethanol production industry is expanding in Canada and the United States. New government regulations require that a percentage of ethanol be blended into fuels to reduce the environmental impacts of vehicle emissions. Suncor operates Canada's largest ethanol facility -- the St. Clair Ethanol Plant in the Sarnia-Lambton region of Ontario. (Source: Suncor Energy, DTN, 6 Jan., 2019) Contact: Suncor Energy USA, 303-793-8000, www.suncor.com
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The plan is in keeping with the city's goal of significantly reducing its carbon footprint and meeting the EU's goal of being totally decarbonized by 2050. The plan is expected result in an almost immediate 40-pct drop in the city's total transportation emissions.
(Source: City of Brussels, NewsWheel, 30 Oct., 2019)
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The Association of Global Automakers and the Coalition for Sustainable Automotive Regulation -- a group including GM, Toyota, Mazda, Fiat Chrysler and Mitsubishi -- split with four other automakers that had agreed to follow tougher rules enacted by California.
The coalition said it simply wants to avoid a two-track system in which carmakers have to follow one set of rules for California, and the states that are supporting California, and another set of rules imposed by the federal government. Such a scenario would create chaos in the industry, the group argued.
(Source: Sacramento Bee, 29 Oct., 2019) Contact: Association of Global Automakers, www.globalautomakers.org
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The EIE will initially be available in Europe starting with Dublin, Birmingham, Manchester, with Wolverhampton and Coventry to follow soon. Copenhagen will get what Google is calling "hyperlocal, street-level air quality data" as part of EIE Labs, which will help streamline and optimize action against climate change by piloting climate-focused datasets. Dublin has already been utilizing the new tool to help track emissions from transportation modes.
Review EIE details HERE. (Source: Google, Oct., 2019) Contact: Google EIE Lab, insights.sustainability.google/labs
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Independent TUV testing of dynaCERT HG units confirms emission reduction in NOx of 55 pct, CO of 50 pct, and particulate matter of 75 pct, all while saving fuel, providing better torque, and lowering maintenance costs, according to the company.
dynaCERT has also initiated Carbon Credit applications for its HG Technology and engaged UK-based International Environmental Partners Ltd for that effort.
(Source: dynaCERT, PR, Aug., 2019) Contact: dynaCERT Inc., Jim Payne, CEO, (416) 766-9691 x 2, jpayne@dynaCERT.com, www.dynaCERT.com
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"The Legendary Henry Ford and Alfred P. Sloan, the Founders of Ford Motor Company and General Motors, are 'rolling over' at the weakness of current car company executives willing to spend more money on a car that is not as safe or good, and cost $3,000 more to consumers. Crazy! -- President "The Donald" Trump, Aug., 2019.
Ford, GM, Honda, BMW and Volkswagen -- which interestingly was recently paid a more than $10 billion fine for deliberately skewering their vehicle emissions tests and cheating on excessive emissions levels -- have all struck a voluntary deal with California on emissions rules, defying Trump's bid to strip the state of its right to fight climate change by setting its own standards. According to California attorney general Xavier Becerra, Trump's proposed rules would create an extra 540 million metric tonnes of greenhouse gases. (Scource: City A.A., 22 Aug., 2019)
In addition to the existing carbon tax regime, the Liberal government aims to make the heating and transportation fuel supply cleaner to reduce carbon emissions and help Canada meet targets set under the Paris Climate Agreement.
According to a government backgrounder, fossil fuel suppliers will be able to meet the performance standard by "taking action themselves" to make fuels cleaner -- through improvements to the refining process, for example, or by purchasing credits from low-carbon-intensity fuel producers and other credit generators.
(Source: CBC News, Various Media, 8 July, 2019)
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In order to combat the health crisis, the ULEZ has significantly raised emission standards and demands a daily charge in order to travel in the area for not meeting them.
The ULEZ, which is active 24/7 all year round, is part of the massive campaign undertaken by the mayor of London to clean up the air of the city. Further measures expected to kick in by 2020 include ensuring that all new double-decker buses are either hybrid, hydrogen or electric, creating 12 new low emission bus zones in areas where the air quality is at its worst and upgrading 5000 buses to be ultra low emission. (Source: City of London, PR, 18 April, 2019) Contact: City of London, www.cityoflondon.gov.uk
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Germany accounts for nearly 2.2 pct of the world's C02 emissions, the equivalent of 800 million tonnes, and was ranked 6th globally, according to Global Carbon Project 2017 data.
The auto giant with 12 brands previously noted it planned to cut ts total emission to zero by 2050. (Source: VW Group, Sunday Times, (NZ) 31 Mar., 2019)
Contact: Volkswagen Group, www.volkswagenag.com
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The new legislation demands that the full life-cycle of emissions from cars should be assessed at EU level. The Commission will also have to consider a common methodology for the assessment and consistent data reporting, by no later than 2023. If appropriate, legislation should follow.
Transport is the only sector in the EU that did not record any significant decline in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions since 1990. Figures from the European Environment Agency show that of all means of transport in the EU, road transport generates the largest share of greenhouse gas emissions -pct of the EU's total GHG emissions. (Source: European Parliament News, 27 Mar., 2019) Contact: EP News, +32 2 28 40922, email@example.com, www.europarl.europa.eu
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The correlation between the decline in demand for diesel vehicles and the increase in CO2 emissions was most evident when analyzing the data by country -- Norway, the Netherlands and the UK.
In the UK, average CO2 emissions in 2018 were 125.1, a 4.3g/km increase on 2017.
This is largely driven by the switch away from diesel to gasoline and the growing popularity of larger SUVs, which are less efficient than traditional family hatchbacks. (Source: Jayto Dynamics, Fleet News, 5 Mar., 2019) Contact: Jayto Dynamics, www.jato.com
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This trend toward rising emissions was confirmed in 2017 with the first average CO2 emission increase in years of 0.3 g/km, and an 8 pct drop in demand for diesel cars.
JATO Dynamics Ltd is a UK-based global supplier of automotive business intelligence with offices in 45 countries.
(Source: JATO Dynamics, Strategic Research Institute, SteelGuru, Mar., 2019) Contact: JATO Dynamics, www.jatonet.com
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With this agreement, overall truck emissions will now have to be slashed by 30 pct by the end of the next decade, with a 15 pct benchmark as a stepping stone in 2025. Manufacturers failing to meet the goals will be fined an "emissions premium" penalty.
The 2030 target will now be a binding goal but a review will be made in 2022, where Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and clean mobility advocates will hope for more ambitious reductions.
(Source: DW, EURACTIV, Others, 19 Feb., 2019)
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European Union lawmakers are demanding that automakers cut average CO2 emissions levels by 40 pct between 2007 and 2021, a goal that has become harder to attain after WLTP emissions tests were introduced in 2018.
Daimler AG is a German multinational automotive corporation, headquartered in Stuttgart, Baden-Wurttemberg. Daimler-Benz was formed with the merger of Benz & Cie and Daimler Motoren Gesellschaft in 1926. (Source: Daimler, euronews., 7 Feb., 2019)
Contact: Daimler, Dieter Zetsche, CEO, www.daimler.com/en
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The as yet unnamed research facility will be between 110,000 and 145,000 square feet in size and will house labs and workstations for approximately 175 PNNL and visiting scientists, engineers and research support staff.
"Breakthrough research conducted here may lead to reduced vehicle emissions, more efficient fertilizer production and the ability to turn waste into fuels and products more efficiently and economically," PNNL Director Steven Ashby noted.
(Source: PNNL, PR, 22 Jan., 2019) Contact: PNNL, Steven Ashby, Dir., www.pnnl.gov
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Up to $2,350,000 in federal funding will be awarded this year in three consecutive rounds. Specifically, the available funds are issued with a maximum per project award of $400,000 and a minimum of $10,000. Application deadline is March 29, 2019 and the project period is June 14, 2019 through January 30, 2022.
The N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center, as part of the College of Engineering at NC State University, serves as a resource for innovative, sustainable energy technologies through technology demonstration, technical assistance, outreach and training. (Source: N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center, PR, 16 Jan., 2019) Contact: N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center, Shannon Helm, 919-423-8340, firstname.lastname@example.org,
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In 2019, up to $2,350,000 in federal funding will be awarded in three consecutive rounds of reviews and allocations, until all funds are allocated. The deadline to apply for the second round of funding is March 29, 2019. Specifically, the available funds total $2,350,000 with a maximum per project award of $400,000 and a minimum of $10,000. Application deadline is March 29, 2019 and the project period is June 14, 2019 through January 30, 2022.
The N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center, as part of the College of Engineering at NC State University, advances a sustainable energy economy by educating, demonstrating and providing support for clean energy technologies, practices and policies. It serves as a resource for innovative, sustainable energy technologies through technology demonstration, technical assistance, outreach and training. (Source: N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center, PR, 16 Jan., 2019) Contact: N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center, Shannon Helm, 919-423-8340, email@example.com,
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The agreed upon target will be calculated based on 2021 emission levels, with an intermediary step of 15 pct CO2 cut for both cars and vans to be reached by 2025.
The new targets are subject to EU member state approvals. (Source: EurActiv, 17 Dec., 2018)
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The EU executive initially proposed that emissions decline by 30 pct by 2030, compared to 2021 levels.
Germany backed that plan, but a push by several EU countries, including the Netherlands and France, raised the target to 35 pct. There is also an intermediate target for 2025.
EU parliamentarians endorsed a 40 pct reduction in October, which was endorsed by the Netherlands, Sweden, and other member states. (Source: EU, Automotive News Europe, 11 Dec., 2018)
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The decision to completely stop production of petrol and diesel powertrains showcases the company's shift in focus towards battery-driven vehicles.t may also be influenced by VW's recent
"diesel-gate" emissions scandal that cost the company €27 billion in fines and penalties. (Source: VW, DriveSpark, Others, Dec., 2018)
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The rules, if passed into law, would put quotas on car dealerships to make 10 pct of their new car sales zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) by 2025, 30 pct by 2030, and 100 pct by 2040.
The move is part of the BC NDP government's climate action plan to reduce emissions in B.C. by 80 pct by 2050.
(Source: City News, News 1130, Various Media, 20 Nov., 2018)
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California, NY, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and the other states and cities are threatening court action if the Trump proposal is advanced. The potential litigants claim Trump's proposal "would deal a substantial blow in the fight against climate change."
Separately, a group representing major automakers is calling for "the federal government to set achievable future standards that continue to advance environmental and energy goals while recognizing marketplace realities."
The automakers are pressing California and the federal government to retain nationwide emissions rules and avoid a prolonged legal battle.
The Trump administration's plan would freeze standards at 2020 levels through 2026, hike U.S. oil consumption by about 500,000 bpd by the 2030s but reduce automakers regulatory costs by more than $300 billion, and prohibit California from requiring automakers to sell a rising number of electric vehicles. (Source: Reuters, Various Media, 28 Oct., 2018)
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Although full details of the auto giant's proposal are not yet available, the GM proposal is thought to be based on current standards now required in California and nine other states. Under those rules, GM must sell a minimum of around 2,200 fully electric vehicles in California this year, or about 1.1 percent of the roughly 200,000 cars, trucks and SUVs that it normally sells in the state each year.
Under a regulation finalized by the EPA in the waning days of the Obama administration, the fleet of new automobiles would have to deliver 36 mpg by 2025 -- 10 mpg higher than the current requirement.
(Source: GM, Washington Post, Various Media,26 Oct., 2018) Contact: GM, Mark Reuss, Exec. VP Product Development, www.gm.com/contact-us.html
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The EP will now need to work with ministers from all European member states, as well as the European Commission, to see its target passed into legislation. According to Deutsche Welle, the parliament decided on this tough target as the transport sector was the only one in the EU which continues to increase its greenhouse gas emissions, according to the publication Deutsche Welle.
In 2017, the European Commission (EC) proposed cutting new vehicle emissions by 30 pct by 2030.
(Source: EP, Car Advice, Oct., 2018) Contact: European Parliament, Baptiste Chatain. +32 228 40992, firstname.lastname@example.org, eurooparl.europa.eu
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MacCracken was commenting on the Trump administration's freezing Obama era federal fuel efficiency standards for cars and light trucks manufactured after 2020. MacCraken served as a senior scientist at the US Global Change Research Program between 1993 and 2002. (Source: NY Post, 1 Oct., 2018)
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The study noted that diesel cars in the EU emit considerably more nitrogen oxide (NOx) on the road than the regulatory limits. NOx emissions are known to contribute to ozone formation and various health problems.
In 2015, diesel cars accounted for 41.3 pct of the total passenger car fleet in Europe. Diesel cars were originally promoted as producing less CO2 emissions compared to petrol engines. An increased awareness of the detrimental of NOx emissions on human health has led to changes in the EU standards on diesel exhausts in an effort to reduce these emissions. (Source: European Scientist, 22 Sept., 2018) Contact: MIT, Prof.
Steven Barrett, Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, (617) 253-2727, email@example.com, http://barrett.mit.edu
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The study notes that passenger car engines as we know them need to be completely phased out from new sales before the end of the next decade. Otherwise, Europe will struggle to "meaningfully contribute" to limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, the most ambitious part of the Paris Agreement on climate change's well below 2 degrees Celsius overall aim.
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HERE. (Source: German Aerospace Centre, Greenpeace, Euractiv, Sept., 2018)
Contact: German Aerospace Centre, www.dlr.de/dlr/en; Greenpeace, www.greenpeace.org/belgium
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The 28 member EU trading bloc's new rules aim to help meet the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40 pct below 1990 levels by 2030.
Other proposed amendments address whether renewable fuels will be allowed to count toward zero-emission targets and whether to allow industry to combine their targets for cars and vans.
European automakers association ACEA has called for laxer CO2 limits, saying poor infrastructure and an underdeveloped consumer market limit their ability to sell more electric cars.
(Source: Fiji Times, Reuters, Various Media, 8 Sept., 2018)
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Although the Paris agreement has been ratified by 179 countries including the US, China and other major emitters, US president Trump has stated that the US intends to leave the agreement, but legally they cannot formally withdraw until November 2020. Despite Trump's efforts, with clean technology costs falling and concerted action from US states, polluting coal plants are continuing to close and renewable energy and gas are expected to dominate the future of the US power system.
Both China and India have committed to emissions targets under the Paris agreement. China has committed to lower the carbon intensity of its economy by 60 to 65 pct below 2005 levels by 2030. India committed to reduce the emissions intensity of its economy by 33-35 pct below 2005 level over the same period.
The Guardian notes the world is currently not on track to achieve the objectives of the Paris agreement. And, although progress has been made more will need to be done by all countries to limit global warming to well below 2 degree C. (Source: Guardian, Aug., 2018)
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Hickenlooper ordered action requiring manufacturers to improve fuel efficiency after Trump officials ended the gradually toughening of federal emissions standards that over four decades has led to reduced toxic and heat-trapping pollution from tailpipes.
State air-quality-control commissioners voted unanimously in favor of developing a rule proposed by health department staffers to require new cars and light trucks to meet California's miles-per-gallon standards for tailpipe pollution. If passed, the regulation would add about $950 to the cost os a new gasoline power vehicle, according auto industry analysts.
(Source: Office of Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, Denver Post, 18 Aug., 2018) Contact: Office of Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, (303) 866-2471, www.colorado.gov/governor/contact
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The new allegations differ from the "dieselgate" scandal that has rocked the car industry since 2015. Without naming individual companies, the EC now alleges manufacturers are cheating in two ways to undermine its CO2 output targets which were decided last September in the wake of the dieselgate scandal. The EC suggests automakers are declaring emissions of CO2 on average 4.5 pct higher than actually measured values, with reporting for some models as much as 13 pct higher than measurements. The EC also suggests officials have seen "some evidence" that manufacturers are configuring vehicles differently to maximize emissions on the new tests.
Commission officials suggest revising EU regulations to make sure measured, rather than reported, CO2 emissions are used to define future targets. (Source: EC Joint Research Centre, EUobserver, AFP, 25 July, 2018)
Contact: EC Joint Research Centre, +32 2 299 11 11, https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/en
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During the Obama administration, California aligned its standards with wider federal standards in a bid to ease compliance requirements for automakers.
According to Bloomberg, the Trump administration plans to dilute future emissions standards proposed by Obama by capping federal fuel economy requirements at the 2020 level of at least 35-mile-per-gallon for manufacturers' fleet average, rather than letting them rise to around 50 mpg by 2025 as currently planned.
The 2009 Clean Air Act waiver allows California to set its own standards for greenhouse emissions and builds on a long-standing right the state enjoyed to set its own vehicle emissions standards in response to the smog that afflicted some areas of the state in the 1970s and 80s.
(Source: Business Green, Bloomberg, Others, July, 2018)
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According to CARB, the emissions reductions are the result of a mixture of state-level measures that include mandating that a certain fraction of electricity come from renewable resources, regulating vehicle emissions, and a carbon pricing and trading program shared with Quebec.
2020 carbon target is mandated by a 2006 law, but since then California has passed an even stricter law requiring emissions to be 40 pct below 1990 levels by the year 2030. Per capita emissions of around 10.8 metric tons per person are about half the U.S. national average.
Overall 2016 greenhouse gas emissions for the U.S. in 2016 were around 6.5 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents, and represented about 15 pct of global emissions in 2014.
(Source: California Air Resources Board, Green Car Congress, July, 2018) Contact: California Air Resources Board, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.arb.ca.gov
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In 2010, Ford's Environmental Quality Office announced the company would reduce its carbon dioxide emissions from manufacturing operations by 30 pct per vehicle produced by 2025. A global manufacturing CO2 emissions reduction of more than 3.4 million metric tons from 2010 to 2017 is roughly equivalent to greenhouse gas emissions from more than 728,000 passenger vehicles driven for one year.
Ford reduced its emissions footprint through energy conservation and efficiency changes at its manufacturing facilities, such as installing more than 100,000 LED light fixtures and updating paint operations.
Ford is presently setting renewable energy goals
but remains focused on reducing vehicle emissions by doing its share to deliver on CO2 reductions consistent with the Paris Climate Accord. sustainability.ford.com.
(Source: Ford Motor Company, PR, 27 June, 2018) Contact: Ford, www.sustainability.ford.com
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If the heave-duty truck proposals are approved it will be the first time the EU has set binding limits for heavy-duty vehicles' carbon dioxide emissions. Europe approved CO2 limits for passenger vehicles in 2009 and light commercial vehicles in 2011, which came into force in 2015 and 2017, respectively.
Trucks comprise about 5 pct of the vehicles on EU roads but generate nearly 25 pct of emissions, making them an important target of the 28-member trading bloc's carbon reduction efforts. (Source: Financial Times, 12 May, 2018)
The EU committed in the Paris climate accord to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 40 per cent by 2030. (Source: EC, Financial Post, Various Media, May, 2018)
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The Commission says it has agreed to further tighten Real Driving Emissions (RDE) legislation by introducing independent control of emissions of vehicles during their lifetime. The Commission also proposes that from 2021 all new cars and vans must have "standardized and accessible fuel and energy consumption monitoring on board of the vehicle".
Following a three-month scrutiny period in the European Parliament and Council, the Commission will adopt the proposals, which would go into force January 1, 2019. (Source: EC, Auto Manufacturer Online, Others, 10 May, 2018)
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"We should be racing toward a cleaner, healthier transportation future. Instead, the Trump administration is steering us onto a dead end road. We have solutions at hand to build the cars of tomorrow. Strong clean cars standards will move us forward" -- Fred Krupp, Pres Environmental Defense Fund, commenting on the Trump EPA's announced intention to cut US auto fuel efficiency standards and roll-back standards on greenhouse gas emissions introduced under the Obama administration. Contact: Environmental Defense Fund, Fred Krupp, Pres. www.edf.org
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The ACCT system converts the universally available urea-based after-treatment AdBlue into a special ammonia-rich 'ACCT fluid' under accurately controlled conditions in a chamber mounted in the exhaust system. Just as with the current selective catalytic reduction (SCR) systems, the new process uses freed ammonia to tear the components of NOx apart leaving only nitrogen and water. The ACCT fluid works effectively at high levels of efficiency in low-exhaust temperature conditions that severely challenge current systems.
Initial tests on a Skoda taxi equipped with ACCT show as much as 98 pct of exhaust-borne NOx emissions are captured -- significantly more efficient than the 60 pct offered by current methods. And that 98 per cent figure was achieved even before researchers had the opportunity to fine-tune the ACCT system for optimum performance.
(Source: Loughborough University, CTV News, Mar 15, 2018) Contact: Loughborough University, +44 20 3818 0777, www.lborolondon.ac.uk
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The THRIVE program, which is set to launch in April, will reduce consumers' tailpipe emissions on all grades of fuel through certified carbon investment projects such as tree plantings, renewable energy development and others.
In addition to the carbon offsets, the THRIVE program will plant 25,000 trees in Middle Tennessee with the Arbor Day Foundation. The program has also partnered with Nashville-based GROW Enrichment, a non-profit organization focused on community development through urban agriculture and nature conservation education. (Source: Tri Star Energy, Convenience Store Decisions, 13 Mar., 2018) Contact: Tri Star Energy, Steve Hostetter, CEO, www.tristartn.com; GreenPrint, (404) 207-1947, info@GreenPrintCorp.com, www.greenprintcorp.com; Arbor Day Foundation, www.arborday.org
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The $368 million, 19-acre project in Riverside near the University of California, Riverside campus, will be one of the largest and most advanced vehicle emissions testing and research facilities in the world. It will also be the world's largest true zero net energy facilities and is being built to US Green Building Council LEED Platinum specifications.
The facility will include test cells for analysis of heavy-duty vehicles, an advanced chemistry laboratory, workspace for accommodating new test methods for future generations of vehicles, space for developing enhanced onboard diagnostics and portable emissions measurement systems, education areas, a media center, flexible conference areas, and a large public auditorium.
The facility and campus will be designed and built to reach the highest possible levels of measured sustainability, with the intention to achieve LEED Platinum certification from the US Green Building Council and will also meet the state's CALGreen Tier 2 threshold for overall sustainability and energy efficiency.
(Source: California Department of General Services, Automotive Testing Technology, March 1, 2018)
Contact: California Department of General Services, (916) 376-5000, www.dgs.ca.gov/dgs/home.aspx; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org;
CARB, (800) 242-4450, email@example.com, www.arb.ca.gov
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