Electric cars emit less carbon than average U.S. new car, everywhere in the world

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The answer is yes, but the carbon emissions per mile of an electric car—properly measured on a wells-to-wheels basis—are virtually always lower than those of a gasoline or diesel car. Carbon Footprint greenhouse gas climate change carbon dioxide electric utilities plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) wells to wheelsWhen electric cars first arrived in 2011, it was a reasonable question: Aren't you just shifting emissions from the tailpipe to the smokestack?

Electric cars vs bicycles: which has a higher carbon footprint?

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But they have undeniable benefit of lowering wells-to-wheels carbon emissions per mile driven, and they can also be powered entirely on renewable energy. Carbon Footprint bicycle carbon dioxide plug-in cars wells to wheelsElectric cars are simply nicer and calmer to drive than conventional cars, and as their prices fall, that may be what will lure mass-market buyers over time.

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EU to slash vehicle carbon emissions one third more from 2021 through 2030

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Europe already has tough standards for reducing carbon-dioxide emissions in current and future vehicles. At its weekly cabinet meeting, held Wednesday, the European Union formally adopted far more stringent requirements for reductions in vehicle emissions of carbon dioxide. Europe emissions EU CO2 carbon dioxide regulationNow they're going to get significantly tougher between 2021 and 2030.

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Exxon backs carbon-capture technology to feed fuel cells

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ExxonMobil is backing a new process that would capture carbon dioxide form power plants, and use it to feed fuel cells. FuelCell hopes to combine carbon capture and sequestration (CCS). oil Carbon carbon dioxide clean energy ExxonThe oil giant announced Thursday that it is expanding a partnership with Connecticut-based FuelCell Energy to develop the smaller company's fuel-cell technology.

Cars Vs. Planes: Which Emits More Carbon? (Which Sins Worst?)

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Eco-activists often indict air travel as a carbon-spewing threat to the global climate. Worldwide, commercial jets pour an estimated 700 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each year, leading to headlines like this one in The New York Times not long ago: “Your Biggest Carbon Sin May Be Air Travel.” Carbon Footprint emissions greenhouse gas climate change transportation policy air pollution

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Carbon emissions from making electricity could vanish by 2060: study

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One of the major sources of carbon emissions is electricity generation. So what would it take to eliminate carbon emissions entirely from making electricity? emissions Carbon climate change Study electric utilities renewable energy energyIt's an issue that is becoming increasingly important in the automotive sphere, due to the slow rise of plug-in electric cars. DON'T MISS: Bipartisan governors' group urges Trump to back.

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3D printing with high-performance carbon fiber

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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers have become the first to 3D-print aerospace-grade carbon fiber composites, opening the door to greater control and optimization of the lightweight, yet stronger than steel material.

Norway's Goal: All New Cars Will Be Emission-Free By 2025 To Cut Carbon

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With yesterday's release of final EPA rules for reducing carbon emissions from power plants, the stage is set for a major battle over how--and even whether--any carbon emissions in the U.S. Carbon Footprint Norway climate change plug-in cars transportation policymay be limited. Meanwhile, there's Norway. As Ola Elvestuen, a member of Parliament there as well as Chair of the Standing Committee on Energy and the.

Ford’s first mass-produced carbon fiber wheels

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To source the new lightweight track-capable carbon fiber wheels that are standard on the new Shelby GT350R Mustang, Ford partnered with Australia-based Carbon Revolution. Carbon Revolution first began delivering composite wheels in 2004 for Formula SAE campaigns.

Global Carbon Project: Low growth in global carbon emissions continues for third successive year

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Global carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels did not grow in 2015 and are projected to rise only slightly in 2016, marking three years of almost no growth, according to researchers at the University of East Anglia (UEA) and the Global Carbon Project.

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Fuel from emissions? Catalyst converts carbon dioxide to ethanol

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A decade ago, it was seen as a homegrown and carbon-neutral way to use less gasoline—and federal legislation mandated that increasing volumes be blended into U.S. Much debate followed over using "food for fuel," its supposed carbon neutrality and the footprint of the.

Germany Mulls Boosting Electric-Car Incentives Under Carbon-Goal Pressure

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Several European countries--including Norway, The Netherlands, and France--aggressively promote electric cars as a way to reduce vehicular carbon emissions. Carbon Footprint Germany incentives plug-in cars transportation policyBut despite its large domestic car industry, Germany is not among them. German government support for electric cars has been lukewarm at best, but now it appears that could change soon. DON'T.

Wheels Combine Carbon, Aluminum For Strength, Lighter Weight

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It seems carbon fiber is starting to show up everywhere in cars to cut weight, with wheels being one of the latest examples. There are already some aftermarket carbon-fiber wheels available, but now Ford will offer them as standard equipment on its sportiest new Mustang model--the Shelby GT350R. Wheels Carbon Fiber aluminum weight reduction

Next BMW 7-Series To Use 'Carbon Core' Based on i3 Electric Car Body

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Not the least of it are body shells made of carbon-fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) mounted atop an aluminum rolling platform carrying the powertrains and crash structures. Body Carbon Fiber CFRP weight reduction The BMW i3 electric car and i8 plug-in hybrid sport coupe are audacious examples of advanced technology in many ways.

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Another study confirms electric cars have lower carbon emissions, in Minnesota this time

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Carbon Footprint emissions Minnesota greenhouse gas electric utilities plug-in carsIt's a very reasonable question: electric cars themselves have no tailpipe emissions, but what about the power plants used to recharge them? After more than a dozen studies and five-plus years of plug-in car sales, we know the answer. In North America, an electric car charged on even the dirtiest, most coal-intensive electric grid in the nation.

Chevy Reports It Met 2010 Carbon-Reduction Goal: 8 Million Tons

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Five years ago, Chevrolet made two commitments to reduce its carbon footprint. That same year, it also pledged to invest $40 million in projects to reduce carbon emissions. DON'T MISS: GM Looks Local For $40M Carbon-Reduction Initiative. emissions General Motors Carbon renewable energyIn December 2010 it launched the first-generation Volt as part of the initial wave of mass-market electric cars.

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Experimental Electric Wing: Lower-Carbon Airplane Research

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The next big thing in low-carbon aircraft isn't really an aircraft at all. DON'T MISS: Cars Vs. Planes: Which Emits More Carbon? It's a wing, mounted to the back of a Peterbilt truck. NASA is using this rig to test a concept that involves replacing today's large and thirsty jet engines with an array of electric motors. Which Sins Worse?) (Dec. emissions research NASA aircraft

Ruling that EPA must regulate carbon emissions: now 10 years old

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April 2 of this year marks the 10th anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling in Massachusetts vs EPA in which the EPA was forced to regulate carbon emissions. Carbon Footprint emissions laws EPA global warming lawsuit climate change carbon dioxide regulation MassachusettsAnniversaries often provide an opportunity to reflect on important past events, review what has happened since, and reflect upon the future.

Carbon-Negative Replacement For Cement Traps CO2 During Manufacturing

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You may be aware of your car''s carbon footprint, but what about the emissions related to the concrete structures it drives over? The Portland cement that acts as the glue in concrete is actually a major source of carbon emissions, due to the intense heat required to manufacture it.

Study finds transport, residential heating main sources of black carbon in Russian Arctic

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According to a new international study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences , 38% of black carbon in the Russian Arctic originates from transport and 35% from residential heating sources, while open fires, power plants, and gas flaring are responsible for only 12%, 9%, and 6% respectively. Black carbon, or soot, increases snow and ice melt by dulling the reflective surface and increasing the absorption of sunlight.

Carbon emissions from U.S. power generation fall to 25-year low

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While automakers work to meet stricter carbon-emissions standards, another sector of the U.S. Carbon-dioxide (CO2) emissions from electricity generation during the first six months of 2016 were the lowest since 1991, according to the U.S. economy has already made notable progress in reducing ts emissions. Energy Information Administration (EIA). emissions electric utilities renewable energy solar energy air pollution

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Saint Jean Carbon building a high performance lithium-ion battery with recycled/upcycled material

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Saint Jean Carbon Inc., a carbon science company engaged in the design and build of energy storage carbon materials, and a battery manufacturing partner will build a high-powered full-scale lithium-ion battery with recycled/upcycled material from an electric car power pack and upcycled anode material from Saint Jean Carbon.

EPA opens door to consider Carbon Capture and Utilization as part of new Clean Power Plan; algae industry locks on

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Within the text of the final CPP rules, EPA opened up the possibility of allowing “ affected EGU (Electric Generating Units) to use qualifying CCU [Carbon Capture and Utilization] technologies to reduce CO 2 emissions that are subject to an emission standard, or those that are counted when demonstrating achievement of the CO 2 emission performance rates or a state rate-based or mass-based CO 2 emission. ”. Algae Algal Fuels Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Climate Change Regulations

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Lack Of Innovation Could Doom Battle To Trim Carbon Emissions

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emissions energy policy climate change carbon dioxide innovation solarRepresentatives of world governments will meet in Paris this December to discuss a global strategy for combating climate change. But the outlook doesn't appear promising, according to a recent assessment by the International Energy Agency. It claims "not one" of the new technologies being tracked as possible solutions to the problem is meeting its.

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CR&R Environmental begins using carbon-neutral renewable natural gas in fleet

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The trucks are being fueled from special storage trailers while SoCalGas completes a 1.4-mile pipeline that will bring the carbon-neutral renewable natural gas into the SoCalGas distribution system. Up to 320 of CR&R’s recycling and waste collection vehicles operating in Southern California will use this zero-carbon fuel. Southern California Gas Co.

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ORNL team develops laser process for lower cost, more robust joining of carbon fiber and aluminum

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Researchers led by a team from Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have developed a new laser process that could make joining carbon fiber composites and aluminum for lightweight cars and other multi-material high-end products less expensive—as well as making the joints more robust.

What is a carbon tax and how would it work? A primer

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One new policy measure that could get companies to cut their carbon emissions is to put a price on those emissions. Such a "carbon tax" is enthusiastically supported by many advocates of greater action on climate change—including Tesla CEO Elon Musk—as an effective way to reduce emissions by putting an economic cost on them. Carbon Footprint emissions global warming energy policy climate change taxes carbon dioxide electric utilities

DOE awards LanzaTech $4M for low-carbon jet & diesel demo plant; 3M gpy; Audi evaluating fuel properties

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LanzaTech has been selected by the Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) to receive a $4-million award to design and plan a demonstration-scale facility using industrial off gases to produce 3 million gallons/year of low-carbon jet and diesel fuels. Aviation Bio-hydrocarbons Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Diesel Fuels Vehicle Manufacturers

Yamaha Sports Ride: Carbon-Fiber Structure From Designer Gordon Murray

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Tokyo Motor Show Carbon Fiber Gordon Murray Gordon Murray Design YamahaWhen it comes to car design, Gordon Murray has had a highly varied career. He designed the McLaren F1 supercar, as well as the lightweight Rocket single-seat sports car and numerous race cars. Throughout his career, Murray has always emphasized lightweight construction in his designs, and his latest work is no different. DON'T MISS: Tokyo Motor.

Carbon Fiber Wheels Proposed To Cut Weight, Boost Efficiency

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Carbon fiber You probably don''t think about your car''s wheels that much, but to state the exceedingly obvious they''re an essential part of every car. They''re also surprisingly heavy, as you''ll know if you''ve ever rotated your tires or had to change to a spare at the side of the road.

UK Government awards more than US$141M to 38 driverless and low carbon vehicle projects

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million (US$141 million) of government funding, alongside significant funding from industry, to help develop the next generation of driverless and low-carbon vehicles, as part of the Industrial Strategy and the government’s Plan for Britain. Seven innovative projects will share grants from the latest round of funding from the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC), the joint industry-government program to put the UK at the forefront of low carbon vehicle technology.

Dual-Carbon Battery: Same Energy Density, Safer, Longer Life Than Lithium-Ion, Says Power Japan Plus

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Today, a company called Power Japan Plus came out of stealth mode to unveil a new battery chemistry, with both electrodes--anode and cathode--made of carbon. The new cell, known as the Ryden Dual-Carbon Battery, promises energy

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27 teams advancing in $20M NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE; converting CO2 to products

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XPRIZE announced the 27 teams representing six countries advancing in the $20-million NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE, a global competition to develop technologies that convert the most carbon dioxide emissions from natural gas and power plant facilities into products with the highest net value. Led by Thomas Digby, the team is producing carbon negative biofuel. Pond Technology’s Carbon Cyclers (Canada). Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Fuels

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Researchers show mixotrophic fermentation process improves carbon conversion, boosting yields and reducing CO2

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Alternatively, syngas can be added to sugar fermentation to provide the necessary reducing power and carbon. … They can take carbon dioxide and hydrogen gas and turn them into chemicals such as acetone, butanol or ethanol.

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Fraunhofer researchers develop carbon nanotube thin film heater for EVs

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The heating concept is based on a film that is coated with a very thin layer of conductive carbon nanotubes (CNTs). Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA in Stuttgart have developed a film-based panel heater for electric vehicles.

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Wood Mackenzie: EVs could account for 21% of global car fleet by 2035 under carbon-constrained scenario

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Wood Mackenzie’s carbon-constrained scenario focuses on consistent, marginal change that will disrupt established markets long before a wholesale switch away from hydrocarbons occurs.

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CarboSax: new joint venture for more sustainable carbon fiber production forms in Germany

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PD Glasseiden, a Germany-based producer of fiberglass; European Carbon Fiber GmbH; and the ForschungsCampus Open Hybrid LabFactory e.V., established under the auspices of the Lower Saxony Research Centre for Vehicle Technology at the TU Braunschweig and Volkswagen AG have formed a joint venture— CarboSax GmbH —to pursue developing, manufacturing and distributing more sustainable carbon fibers in Germany.

Nuclear Waste Could Offer Carbon-Free Energy, Scientists Suggest

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scientists and policymakers were excited about a new form of carbon-free energy--although not one that''s generally considered green today. In the 1950s, U.S. It was nuclear power. Multiple accidents and concerns over long-term disposal of radioactive fuel essentially killed nuclear-power development in the U.S., but some researchers believe it''s

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Europe's carbon goals could make cars unaffordable: Ford exec

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Stricter emissions standards may raise the average cost of new vehicles, but will that make them "elitist?" The increasingly sophisticated technology required to improve the efficiency of new gasoline and diesel cars does indeed add to their cost. But Jim Farley—the head of Ford's European operations—believes this could make cars so. Europe emissions Fuel Economy transportation policy

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Polymer microcapsules with liquid carbonate cores and silicone shells offer a new approach to carbon capture

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The approach, described in a paper in the journal Nature Communications , could be an important advance in carbon capture and sequestration (CCS). They have significant performance advantages over the carbon-absorbing materials used in current CCS technology.