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Ford Sustainability Report details pilot program in South Africa to deliver health care, education

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A new Ford Motor Company pilot program aims to enhance mobility health services in rural areas of South Africa and Nigeria. Investing $4.5

Datsun to launch in South Africa by end of 2014; also India, Indonesia and Russia

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brand designing vehicles for high-growth markets, will return to South Africa. The first model to be introduced in South Africa will be a new passenger vehicle that will be launched by the end of 2014. Datsun, a Nissan Motor Co. The brand is also to be introduced in India, Indonesia and Russia in 2014. Brief

Hydrogen South Africa (HySA) Systems, The National Aerospace Centre, and Airbus to research use of fuel cells for commercial airliners

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Airbus and South Africa’s National Aerospace Centre will jointly fund research by Hydrogen South Africa (HySA) into the application of fuel cells on airliners. With demand for air transport doubling every 15 years, the global airline industry will require nearly 30,000 new aircraft (over 100 seats) by 2032. Brief

Toyota to start vehicle exports from India; Etios to South Africa in 2012; the priority of emerging markets

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TKM), will begin exporting the Etios series sedan and hatchback to South Africa in March 2012. The models for export will be based on the Etios platform currently sold in India, but will be developed and produced to fit the lifestyles, consumer preferences, climate, road conditions and usage considerations in South Africa.

Toyota to start vehicle exports from India; Etios to South Africa in 2012; the priority of emerging markets

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TKM), will begin exporting the Etios series sedan and hatchback to South Africa in March 2012. The models for export will be based on the Etios platform currently sold in India, but will be developed and produced to fit the lifestyles, consumer preferences, climate, road conditions and usage considerations in South Africa.

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South Korea. South Africa. Expert predictions about where oil and gas prices are headed vary widely. prices at the pump. Country.

Ford cuts global water use 8.5% per vehicle from 2011 to 2012; total usage down 62% since 2000

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between 2011 and 2012—putting the company more than halfway toward its current goal of using an average of 4 cubic meters per vehicle globally by 2015. Ford voluntarily launched its Global Water Management Initiative in 2000, putting in place ways to manage water conservation, quality and reuse of storm and process water. Brief

ExxonMobil: global GDP up ~140% by 2040, but energy demand ~35% due to efficiency; LDV energy demand to rise only slightly despite doubling parc

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The Outlook for Energy provides ExxonMobil’s long-term view of global energy demand and supply. Click to enlarge. Outlook for Energy. Overview.

Nielsen global survey finds concerns about climate change slipping behind concerns over other environmental issues; air and water pollution top worries, pesticide use #3

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Other environmental concerns have pushed ahead of climate change on a global average basis. Source: Nielsen. Click to enlarge. —Dr.

Study shows gasoline pre-blending in ethanol production could cut energy requirements of separation by 17-40%

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Globally, over 20 billion gallons of bioethanol are produced per year. For bioethanol to be used as a fuel, this water must be eliminated.

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Group of 285 global investors with more than $20T in assets under management calls for urgent action on investment-grade climate change and energy policies; guidelines for governments

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Current levels of investments in low-carbon technology and infrastructure are substantially lower than the $500 billion per year deemed necessary by the International Energy Agency (IEA) to hold the increase of global average temperatures below 2 °Celsius—the target agreed to in Cancun last year. Be transparent—i.e.,

PwC analysis finds meeting 2 C warming target would require “unprecedented and sustained” reductions over four decades

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PwC analysis finds a need for global carbon intensity to drop an average of 5.1% per year through 2050. Click to enlarge. —PwC report.

Volkswagen Group and Tata Motors Ltd. to explore strategic alliance for joint development projects; ŠKODA to lead

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Through subsidiaries and associate companies, Tata Motors has operations in the UK, South Korea, Thailand, South Africa and Indonesia. Tata cars, buses and trucks are being marketed in several countries in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, South East Asia, South America, Australia, CIS and Russia.

GE to expand sodium-halide battery plant with $70M investment

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GE Energy Storage was born in New York’s Capital Region from an idea that we turned into an advanced manufacturing plant and a global business that we expect will generate more than $1 billion in revenue annually in just a few years. —GE Chairman & CEO Jeff Immelt. Brief

Direct methanol fuel cell company Oorja closes Series E funding

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The global fuel cell industry surpassed $1 billion in revenue in 2012, growing from $847.5 It will also jumpstart Oorja’s expansion into the telecommunications industry for network towers and growth of the company’s global distribution network. Earlier post.) million in 2011 to $1.3 Brief

Global billionaires unite in “Breakthrough energy coalition” to support development of zero-carbon energy

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As the UN climate conference COP21 opened in Paris, Bill Gates announced the formation of the “ Breakthrough energy coalition ”, an investment grouping of global billionaires focused on developing the technologies that will create a new zero-carbon energy mix. —Breakthrough energy coalition. Jeff Bezos, Founder and CEO, Amazon, US.

Ford to offer new 5-cylinder 3.2L diesel in Transit van in North America next year

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The new diesel engine, Ford’s second in North America, has already been applied in the global Ford Ranger truck sold in world markets (3.2

Opinion: Everyone Is Guessing When It Comes To Oil Prices

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by Nick Cunningham of Oilprice.com. Predicting and diagnosing the trajectory of oil prices has become something of a cottage industry in the past year.

Aviation Summit calls for global framework on emissions reductions

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reach an agreement at ICAO for a global framework to reduce emissions from aircraft operations using technology development, efficient operations and infrastructure, and the use of international market-based measures to address any remaining emissions gap. Brief

Chevrolet sets first-half global sales record with 2.35M units; 14% growth

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million vehicles globally in the first six months of 2011, the best half-year performance in Chevrolet’s 100-year history. Chevrolet sold 2.35

Mercedes-Benz realigning global production organization for passenger cars; organizing by product architecture

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Mercedes-Benz is realigning its global passenger cars manufacturing activities and is strengthening its German passenger cars locations with investments worth billions of euros. “ The new manufacturing organization Mercedes-Benz Operations (MO) is based on global production networks and centralized responsibility for logistics and quality.

US, China, and G-20 agree to work to global phase down of HFCs

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This was agreed by: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey,the United Kingdom, the United States, and the European Union, as well as Ethiopia, Spain, Senegal, Brunei, Kazakhstan, and Singapore. Brief

Synovate Global Study Explores Future Car Buyers Sentiments

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Anger, frustration, greed, lack of trust are a few of the many sentiments expressed by consumers and future car buyers globally, according to a recent “Tipping Point” study by Synovate Motoresearch, the automotive division of global market research company Synovate. A time for introspection and balance. A mere speed bump. Scott Miller.

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GM global sales up 7.6% in 2011 to 9.026M vehicles; China and US largest markets

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global sales rose to more than 9 million vehicles in 2011, a 7.6% of the global vehicle industry. Sales were up in all four reporting regions—North America, South America, Europe and International Operations—as GM sold a total of 9,025,942 vehicles compared with 8,385,484 in 2010. General Motors Global Sales Summary.

Mercedes-Benz Vans shows pickup truck concepts; market launch in late 2017; diesel V6

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The key markets will be Argentina, Brazil, South Africa, Australia with New Zealand, and Europe. Click to enlarge. tons possible.

Energy ministers agree to help speed up global deployment of carbon capture and storage

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Energy Ministers from around the world have agreed to proposals to help speed up the global deployment of carbon capture and storage. At a meeting in the United Arab Emirates, Ministers at the Clean Energy Ministerial endorsed recommendations from the Carbon Capture, Use and Storage (CCUS) Action Group chaired by Australia and the UK. Brief

Ford to expand aggressively in Middle East & Africa; at least 25 new vehicles by 2016

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Ford Motor Company announced an aggressive product acceleration in its newest business unit, Middle East & Africa, leveraging the company’s One Ford global portfolio and targeting opportunities for growth in small, mid-size and large vehicle segments. —Jim Benintende, president, Ford Middle East & Africa. million vehicles.

Fast action on black carbon, ozone and methane could help limit global temperature rise to 2 degrees C

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Global benefits from full implementation of the identified measures in 2030 compared to the reference scenario. for 2030 and beyond. Transport.

Global Automotive Survey Finds Nearly Six in Ten People Prefer Green Cars, Even If Money No Object

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The 30% of people globally who would still choose their dream car, green-be-damned, comprised of 35% men and 27% women. The single biggest result for dream car came from South Africa where over half of all respondents (53%) would go for their fantasy vehicle over a green one. What you drive says more about you than you think.

Study reports non-US global shale gas recoverable resources of 5,760 Tcf; global shale gas boosts total recoverable natural gas resources by 40%

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These include France, Poland, Turkey, Ukraine, South Africa, Morocco, and Chile. Map of 48 major shale gas basins in 32 countries. Source: EIA. Click to enlarge. A new EIA-sponsored study by Advanced Resources International, Inc. —EIA Administrator Richard Newell. Estimated recoverable shale gas resources by country. Data: EIA.

Axion International signs LOI to form global JV with Sicut Holding to target $8B railroad tie market with recycled structural composites

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Ltd) to establish a global joint venture to capitalize on the world-wide railroad tie market through the manufacture and sale of Recycled Structural Composite (RSC) ties/sleepers utilizing their respective geographic licenses from Rutgers University. The joint venture will be 65% owned by Axion and 35% owned by Sicut. Brief

IMO environment meeting adopts mandatory energy efficiency measures for international shipping; first mandatory global GHG reduction regime for an international industry sector

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These measures constitute the first mandatory global greenhouse gas reduction regime for an international industry sector. of global greenhouse gas emissions. Unregulated, these emissions are expected to reach 6% of global emissions by 2020 and to double or triple by 2050. Earlier post.) International shipping accounts for 2.7%-3.3%

Sasol willing to acquire minority stake in CTL JV with Coal India Ltd and NMDC

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Sasol is pursuing global opportunities to commercialize its coal-to-liquids technology through its arm, Sasol Synfuels International (Pty) Ltd. The company’s readiness for a second joint venture was conveyed during coal minister Sriprakash Jaiswal’s recent visit to South Africa, according to Partha S. Livemint. Brief

Copenhagen summit concludes: what was and was not achieved?

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The result was the tentative approval of a non-biding, three-page political statement hashed out between the leaders of Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, South Africa, [.].

Boeing, South African Airways launch sustainable aviation biofuel effort in Southern Africa

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Boeing and South African Airways (SAA) will work together to develop and to implement a sustainable aviation biofuel supply chain in Southern Africa, a first for the continent. The aerospace company’s plan to work with SAA is the first such project in Africa. Brief

Mercedes-Benz Vans to launch midsize pickup by end of decade

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The new Mercedes-Benz midsize pickup will initially be targeted at markets in Latin America, South Africa, Australia, and Europe, all of which are posting sustained growth in this segment. The Mercedes-Benz pickup will contribute nicely to our global growth targets. —Dr. Current models include the V-Class and the Vito.

SMART: working for a systems-based approach to sustainable mobility; Alcoa Foundation support for practical solutions in Beijing and Detroit

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SMART is focusing on global urban regions, and has identified five “themes” that fill unaddressed gaps and guide and inform the program’s collaborative research, pilot projects, and education activities. The initiative, which funds 10 global sustainability research projects in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Russia and the United States.

Cooperation between Daimler and Renault-Nissan Alliance deepening in 2016

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It will be engineered and designed by Daimler to meet the specific needs of its customers in Europe, Australia, South Africa and Latin America. The Nissan Decherd plant has become an important pillar of Daimler’s flexible, global production network (i.e. kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions, combined: 0 g/km). Earlier post.)

Nissan re-launches Datsun brand with 1.2L Datsun GO

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Datsun GO will be the first of several Datsun models that will be launched later in 2014 in Indonesia, Russia and South Africa. Brief

Joint IEA-NEA report details plunge in costs of renewable electricity; nuclear competitive with other baseload power sources

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The review of three non-OECD countries—Brazil (hydro only), the People’s Republic of China and South Africa—found: Baseload.