DNV GL paper suggests near-term success for LNG in shipping; alternative fuel mix to diversify over time

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Well-to-Propeller GHG emissions results for marine alternative fuels. DNV GL has released a position paper on the future alternative fuel mix for global shipping. According to DNV GL, the main drivers for the use of alternative fuels in shipping in the future can be classified in two broad categories: (a) Regulatory requirements and environmental concerns, and (b) availability of fossil fuels, cost and energy security.

2014 202

EEA: Traffic pollution still harmful to health in many parts of Europe

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Trend in emissions of air pollutants from transport in EEA-32: PM 2.5 , CO, SO x , NMVOC, NO x. Transport in Europe is still responsible for damaging levels of air pollutants and a quarter of EU greenhouse gas emissions, despite some progress in reducing the impacts from transport. As the economic climate improves, the new EU transport targets should focus efforts to further reduce environmental impacts, the report says. Nonetheless, new cars are becoming more fuel-efficient.

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Obama climate plan calls for new fuel economy standards for heavy-duty vehicles post-2018; cleaner fuels and investment in advanced fossil energy

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Among the transportation-related elements of US President Barack Obama’s new climate action plan, which he is outlining today in a speech at Georgetown University, is the development of new fuel economy standards for heavy-duty vehicles post-2018. In 2011, the Obama Administration finalized the first fuel economy standards for Model Year 2014-2018 for medium- and heavy-duty trucks, buses, and vans. Preparing the US for the impacts of climate change.

2013 214

Report argues advanced HD natural gas vehicles foundational for California to hit air and climate goals; near zero-emission potential

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Gladstein, Neandross & Associates (GNA), a consulting firm specializing in market development for low emission and alternative fuel vehicle technologies, infrastructure, and fuels for both on- and off-road applications, released a report examining the critical role that ultra-low-emission heavy-duty (HD) natural gas engines can play in helping California achieve its air quality, climate protection and petroleum-displacement goals. Fuels, Storage, and Infrastructure.

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Senators Kerry and Lieberman Release Details of Energy and Climate Bill; Incentives for Electric Drive and Natural Gas Vehicles

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Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, released the details of their long-anticipated energy and climate change legislation on Wednesday, 12 May. In the event that no global agreement on climate change is reached, the bill requires imports from countries that have not taken action to limit emissions to pay a comparable amount at the border to avoid carbon leakage and ensure we are able to achieve our environmental objectives.

2010 188

Study Finds Damage, Pollution from Western Wildfires Could Surge With Moderate Global Warming

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This potential leap in destructiveness and pollution—mainly from an increase in wildfire frequency—is forecast by computer models calculating impacts of moderate global warming on western US wildfire patterns and atmospheric chemistry. The increase is due mainly to the simulated rise in wildfire frequency in the future, warmer climate. Previous studies by other researchers have probed the links between climate change and fire severity in the West and elsewhere.

2009 150

California ARB: GHG emissions fell below 1990 levels for first time in 2016; down 13% from 2004 peak; transportation emissions up 2%

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The state’s latest Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory shows that California emitted 429 million metric tons of climate pollutants in 2016—a drop of 12 million metric tons, or three percent, from 2015. Due to the carbon price signal created by the Cap-and-Trade Program that makes fossil fuel generation more expensive, cleaner out-of-state electricity is increasingly taking the place of fuels such as coal. Climate Change Emissions Policy Regulations

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Audi begins initial engine testing of Global Bioenergies, Fraunhofer e-gasoline

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Audi remains convinced of the potential of the fuels e-gas, “e-benzin” (e-gasoline) and e-diesel and is continuing to pursue its e-fuels strategy. Like all Audi e-fuels, the new fuel has many advantages. The fuel is free of sulfur and benzene and is therefore especially low in pollutants when it burns. Audi engineers are now examining the combustion and emission behavior of the renewable fuel in a test engine.

2018 183

Dr. James Hansen Has Something To Tell You

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This just in from Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi , via her blog (thanks to Joe Romm of Climate Progress ). I strongly encourage Speaker Pelosi to join the Capitol Climate Action civil disobedience protest and get arrested on March the 2nd to show where she stands. Today, Speaker Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid sent the following letter to the Acting Architect of the Capitol, Stephen T.

2009 150

California ARB posts discussion document for developing Advanced Clean Transit (ACT) regulation

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The proposed Advanced Clean Transit regulation will consider strategies to achieve additional criteria pollutant emissions reductions from transit fleets and to accelerate purchases of zero emission buses as part of an overall strategy to transform all heavy duty vehicles to zero emission or near zero emission vehicles to meet air quality and efficiency improvement goals. Require use of renewable fuels and the cleanest available engines as soon as feasible.

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California Energy Commission approves $95M plan for clean transportation investments; zero-emission infrastructure

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The California Energy Commission (CEC) approved a $95-million plan for critical clean transportation investments to expedite the adoption of zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) and help the state reach its climate, air quality and other goals. The -2020 Investment Plan Update for the CEC’s Clean Transportation Program (formerly known as the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program) allocates $85.2

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MITEI releases report on 3-year study of future mobility; technological innovation, policies, and behavioral changes all needed; “car pride” an issue

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The report is the culmination of MITEI’s three-year Mobility of the Future study, which is part of MIT’s Plan for Action on Climate Change. areas of inquiry: The potential impact of climate change policies on global fleet composition, fuel consumption, fuel prices, and economic output.

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EC adopts Fit for 55 package of proposals; reducing net GHGs by at least 55% by 2030; all new cars zero-emission in 2035

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The European Commission has adopted a package of proposals to make the EU's climate, energy, land use, transport and taxation policies fit for reducing net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels ( Fit for 55 ). The EC said that achieving these emission reductions in the next decade is crucial to Europe becoming the world’s first climate-neutral continent by 2050 and making the European Green Deal a reality.

European automotive sector calls for vehicle renewal incentives to kickstart economic recovery after COVID-19; 25-point action plan

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Such schemes should be enhanced by scrapping premiums, and should take into account society’s climate ambitions and resource-efficiency objectives in concert with the economic impact. Start the announced pilot for charging and alternative fuels infrastructure without further delay. Propose ambitious Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Directive amendments already in Q3 2020. Speed up legislative proposals to support uptake of low-carbon and low-pollutant fuels.

2020 186

Ports of LA, Long Beach approve 2017 Clean Air Action Plan; targeted GHG reductions; zero-emissions on-road drayage by 2035

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Developing infrastructure plans to support terminal equipment electrification, alternative fuels and other energy resource goals. The 2017 plan document identifies four categories of coordinated strategies: clean vehicles, equipment technology and fuels; infrastructure investment and planning; operational efficiency throughout the supply chain; energy resource planning. Climate Change Electric (Battery) Emissions Health Ports and Marine

2017 150

California Air Resources Board unanimously adopts Advanced Clean Cars Package

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In a unanimous vote on Friday, the California Air Resources Board (ARB) adopted the Advanced Clean Cars (ACC) regulatory package ( earlier post ), launching California into another round of major automotive regulations for model years 2015-2025 that are designed to deliver cleaner air, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and to help build the future market for battery-electric and fuel-cell electric vehicles. credits, while a 300-mile fuel-cell electric vehicle receives 3.5

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, IVECO and ENGIE collaborating to promote natural gas in Europe starting from Belgium

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This collaboration is in line with the implementation of the DAFI Directive (Directive 2014/94 - Deployment of Alternative Fuels Infrastructures), with a particular focus on certain countries and regions, starting from Wallonia, Belgium. In line with COP 21, the Walloon strategy envisages that 50% of its public fleet vehicles, in need of replacement, will run on alternative fuels starting from 1 January 2017, and the percentage will rise to 100% starting from 1 January 2030.

T&E finds city e-truck charging could cut road freight emissions by 22% in 10 years; requires €28B for charging infrastructure

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The EU could slash truck carbon pollution by more than a fifth (22%) in a decade by requiring its main cities to have electric truck charging infrastructure, according to a new study released by European environmental NGO Transport & Environment (T&E).

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California Energy Commission approves almost $700K for alt fuel projects

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The California Energy Commission approved $678,889 to projects that will boost the number of alternative fuel vehicles on the state’s roadways. The awards were made through the Commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, created by Assembly Bill 118. The award recipients are: Upland Unified School District was awarded $278,889 to update its compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station.

2013 206

California’s Advanced Clean Cars program: transforming the light-duty fleet to zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell and electric vehicles with an eye on 2050

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Beyond 2025, ARB notes, the driving force for lowering emissions in California will thus be climate change. To meet the 2050 target, the new vehicle feet will need to be primarily composed of advanced technology vehicles such as battery electric and fuel cell vehicles by 2035 in order to have nearly an entire advanced technology fleet—that is, both new and used vehicles—by 2050. Clean Fuels Outlet (CFO) Regulation.

2011 198

EPAs GHG Standards for Light-Duty Vehicles; Special Credits To Encourage PHEVs, BEVs and FCVs

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Yesterday, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National High Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) jointly established increasingly stringent greenhouse gas emission standards under the Clean Air Act for 2012 through 2016 model-year vehicles and fuel economy standards under the Corporate Average Fuel Economy program, respectively. mpg if all improvements came from fuel economy) and 34.1 L/100km) fuel economy level, respectively.

2010 206

California Energy Commission adopts $100M investment plan for 2013-2014 for green vehicles and fuels

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The California Energy Commission unanimously adopted the 2013-2014 Investment Plan Update to support the development and use of green vehicles and alternative fuels. The update sets funding priorities for the approximately $100 million in annual state funds under the Commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuels and Vehicle Technology (ARFVT) Program, created by Assembly Bill 118. 20 million for hydrogen fueling infrastructure.

2013 246

SunLine orders five New Flyer fuel cell buses

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SunLine Transit Agency in California has awarded New Flyer of America—the US subsidiary of New Flyer Industries—with a contract for five Xcelsior fuel cell-electric forty-foot, heavy-duty transit buses. Sunline already has five fuel cell buses in its operations. SunLine will also beupgrading its on-site hydrogen generation fuel infrastructure as part of this new project. Fleets Fuel Cells Heavy-duty Hydrogen

2017 150

Comprehensive LCA report from Ricardo on behalf of EC confirms environmental benefits of electrified powertrains

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With the shift to new fuels and powertrain electrification it is important to use life-cycle assessment (LCA) approaches in assessing the relative impacts of different options on a holistic basis. Electric (Battery) Europe Fuels Heavy-duty Lifecycle analysis Market Background Power Generatio

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Toyota Transport begins operating first CNG-fueled car hauler

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Initially, the placement of alternate fuel tanks presented a challenge for car haulers utilizing a 9-car trailer with an over-the-cab head rack. However, working with Toyota’s specifications, Peterbilt and Cottrell were able to develop a tractor/trailer combination that accommodated the alternate fuel tanks, without compromising the extra vehicle hauling space of the head rack. is proud to help Toyota become the first domestic carrier to employ a CNG fueled car hauler.

2015 150

California Energy Commission Adopts $176M Green Transportation Plan

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The Alternative and Renewable Fuels and Vehicle Technology Program’s Investment Plan allocates $176 million over the next two years to stimulate green transportation projects and encourage innovation to help meet the state’s aggressive climate change policies. The state is aggressively working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% below 1990 levels by 2050, decrease petroleum fuel use to 15% below 2003 levels by 2020, and increase alternative fuel use to 20% by 2020.

2009 150

SunLine Transit receives $12.5M for five H2-powered buses, H2 generating station in Coachella Valley

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California Climate Investments is awarding a $12.5-million grant to SunLine Transit Agency for five new zero-emission New Flyer hydrogen fuel cell buses. The grant also supports the development of the largest hydrogen fueling station in the US of its kind, from Hydrogenics, using electricity and renewable energy to generate clean hydrogen. The project will collect 12 months of performance data to be used to help further commercialization of fuel cell technology.

2017 162

ICCT study examines current & projected use of heavy fuel oil in Arctic shipping; growth in BC emissions points to need for policies

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A new study by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) estimates heavy fuel oil (HFO) use, HFO carriage, the use and carriage of other fuels, black carbon (BC) emissions, and emissions of other air and climate pollutants for the year 2015, with projections to 2020 and 2025. Top: Heavy fuel oil use (tonnes) in the Arctic, 2015, with minimum sea extents. Shorter distances result in fuel, labor, and time savings.

2017 237

JetBlue enters 10-year renewable HEFA SPK jet fuel purchase agreement with SG Preston; 33M gallons of 30% blend per year

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JetBlue announced a ten-year renewable jet fuel purchase agreement with SG Preston , a bioenergy company. The airline will purchase renewable jet fuel made from rapidly renewable, bio-based feedstocks that do not compete with food production. To launch the strategic relationship with SG Preston, JetBlue plans to purchase more than 33 million gallons of blended jet fuel per year for at least 10 years.

2016 202

Global Industry Alliance (GIA) launched to support low carbon shipping

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Focusing on a number of priority areas including energy efficiency technologies and operational best practices, alternative fuels, and digitalization, activities likely to be undertaken or promoted by the Alliance will include, inter alia: research and development; showcasing of advances in technology development and positive initiatives by the maritime sector; industry fora to encourage a global industry dialogue; and the implementation of capacity building and information exchange activities.

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US EPA rates Nissan LEAF fuel economy as 99 mpg-equivalent (combined); 73-mile range

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The new fuel economy label also notes consumption of 34 kWh per 100 miles. EPA fuel economy label for the LEAF. The label also puts the LEAF as best in the mid-size car class in terms of fuel economy, greenhouse gas emissions, and emissions of criteria pollutants. The label provides consumers with a tool to compare alternative-fuel vehicles to those with a traditional internal combustion engine and allows them to make an informed purchase decision.

2010 193

Group of Scientists and Economists Urge Inclusion of Indirect Land Use Change Effects for Biofuels and All Transportation Fuels in California LCFS

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More than 170 scientists and economists have sent a letter to California Air Resources Board (ARB) Chairman Mary Nichols urging the board to account for greenhouse gas emissions from indirect land use change for biofuels and all other transportation fuels under the state’s proposed low carbon fuel standard (LCFS). The LCFS as drafted proposes including indirect land use change enforcement against biofuels, although not for other transportation fuels.

2009 150

California Air Resources Board Launches $20M in Funding Assistance for Heavy-Duty Hybrid Trucks and Buses

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The California Air Resources Board launched a $20 million funding assistance program designed to spur the purchase of hybrid trucks and buses that reduce smog-forming pollution and address climate change. Hybrid vehicles also reduce smog-forming emissions while saving vehicle owners money in reduced fuel costs. Transportation accounts for 40% of the total emissions of climate changing gases.

2010 181

International consortium launches government-supported study on hydrogen vehicle refueling infrastructure in France

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The consortium has been formed in parallel to a draft European Directive to promote the development of alternative fuels such as electricity and hydrogen, which is currently being considered by the European Parliament and the European Council. For high power vehicles or for those making long journeys, the hydrogen and fuel cell solution complements the battery-based only solution that is currently being deployed in France.

2013 272

Researchers say fuel market rebound effect can result in increased GHG emissions under RFS2; suggest taxes over mandates

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The US Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2) is intended to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation. However, argues a team from the University of Minnesota in an open-access paper published in the journal Energy Policy , once the “fuel market rebound effect” is factored in, RFS2 actually increases GHG emissions when all fuel GHG intensity targets specified under the act are met. Biomass Cellulosic ethanol Emissions Ethanol Fuels Policy Regulations

2016 150

Study suggests policymakers need to move beyond alt fuels hype to decarbonize transport successfully

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Policymakers who want to decarbonize the transportation sector will need to move beyond the hype that has characterized alternative fuels over the past three decades and find better ways to assess and sustain promising technologies and fuels, according to a study from Simon Fraser University, Canadian consulting firm Navius Research, and the University of California, Davis. Media attention for all alternative fuel vehicle technologies for 1980–2013.

2016 163

Study: natural gas heavy-duty trucking fleet could benefit economy, but has mixed environmental effects

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Switching from diesel fuel to natural gas may hold advantages for the US heavy-duty trucking fleet, but more needs to be done to reach the full environmental benefits, according to a new white paper released by the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis, and Rice University. The cost advantage of natural gas over diesel fuel is particularly appealing for vehicles with a high intensity of travel and thus fuel use.

2015 235

Perspective: Ending Oils Monopolya Blueprint for Mobility Choice

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We must fight against the increasing amount of carbon pollution entering our atmosphere if we are to leave our planet in better shape for generations to come. We need to work together with government, business, non-governmental and national security experts to develop smart policies that will strengthen fuel economy standards, shift us to alternative fuel development and increase transportation infrastructure investments.

2009 218

CALSTART white paper shows nationwide tech supplier industry ready to support more efficient heavy-duty trucks and buses

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These include advancements in current diesel engines including waste heat recovery and reduced accessory loads; more advanced combustion designs; more efficient transmissions and full powertrains including hybridization; low rolling resistance tires; advanced aerodynamics; efficient drivelines; light-weight materials; intelligent vehicle control systems; and alternative fuels including full electric drive. Fuel Efficiency Heavy-duty Manufacturing Regulations

2016 150

European Automotive Industry Outlines RD Priorities for EU Green Car Initiative

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Affordability and Competitiveness (achieving green objectives at an affordable level, taking into account the availability and use of raw and rare materials; (energy-) efficiency of production processes; handling of alternative materials; use of virtual tools). Under the Energy and Environment category, CLEPA and EUCAR call for a major focus on the electrification of the vehicle, including work on hybrid, plug-in, electric drive, hydrogen and fuel cell vehicles.

2009 150

California-to-Canada Hydrogen Road Rally Starts 26 May

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The 2009 Hydrogen Road Tour, an annual road rally to demonstrate the advancements in fuel-cell technology, will begin May 26 in San Diego, California and end June 3 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Organized by the California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Fuel Cell Partnership, National Hydrogen Association and US Fuel Cell Council, the tour will travel more than 1,700 miles and have 28 stops.

2009 150

Obama sets goal of reducing US oil imports by 1/3 by 2025; domestic and Western Hemisphere production, natural gas, biofuels, electric vehicles, fleet purchases

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Meeting the goal of cutting US oil dependence depends largely on two things, Obama said: finding and producing more oil at home, and reducing dependence on oil with cleaner alternative fuels and greater efficiency. Obama noted that last year, US oil production reached its highest level since 2003 and that for the first time in more than a decade, imported oil accounted for less than half the liquid fuel consumed. If anyone doubts the potential of these fuels, consider Brazil.

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Volvo Trucks to begin limited production of DME heavy-duty trucks in NA in 2015; customer trials; Oberon partnership

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Volvo also revealed ongoing customer field testing of DME trucks in the US (with Safeway and Martin Transportation), as well as its partnership in the customer trials with startup DME producer Oberon Fuels. Oberon Fuels is the first company to announce plans to commercialize DME fuel production in North America. Volvo said it decided to invest in DME technology and introduce it to the North American market because of the numerous benefits DME offers as a heavy-truck fuel.

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