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US motorcoach industry closures surge in 2020

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The American Bus Association (ABA) has released motorcoach industry closure data gathered from the Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Nearly 72% of these losses of authority occurred between April and August 2020, during the height of the pandemic.

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Study estimates California’s GHG reductions since 2003 could be wiped out by 2020 wildfires

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In an open-access report in the journal Environmental Pollution , researchers from UCLA and the University of Chicago estimate that California’s wildfire carbon dioxide equivalent (CO 2 e) emissions from 2020 (~127 mmt CO 2 e ) are approximately two times higher than California’s total greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions since 2003.

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Dow and X-energy to deploy first advanced small modular nuclear reactor at industrial site

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Dow and X-Energy Reactor Company entered into a joint development agreement (JDA) to demonstrate the first grid-scale advanced nuclear reactor for an industrial site in North America. X-energy was selected by DOE in 2020 to receive up to $1.2 Earlier post.)

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DOE: US net petroleum imports negative for 2020

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In 2020, net petroleum imports (total imports minus exports) were negative for the first time since the US Energy Information Administration began tracking them—i.e., combustion use in the industrial and transportation sectors. the United States exported more petroleum than it imported. Net imports peaked in 2005 at 12.5

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EEA reports sharp decrease in CO2 emissions of new cars in Europe in 2020

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The European Environment Agency (EEA) has published its provisional data about the CO 2 emissions of newly registered passenger cars and vans in Europe in 2020. According to the EEA’s provisional data, the average emissions of new passenger cars registered in the European Union (EU), Iceland, Norway, and the United Kingdom in 2020 were 107.8

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DOE to award up to $156M for applied R&D projects to drive industrial decarbonization

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The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy announced a $156-million funding opportunity ( DE-FOA-0002997 ) that will advance high impact applied research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) projects to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across the US industrial sector.

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Report: CCS capacity increased 33% in 2020

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The 2020 Global Status on CCS report also finds that there are a total of 65 commercial CCS facilities in various stages of development globally. Source: 2020 Global Status on CCS. 2020 saw increased ambition and support for CCS in Europe as well. World map of CCS facilities at various stages of development.

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