Volvo Cars introduces new in-car Advanced Air Cleaner technology; measures PM2.5 inside cabin

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Volvo Cars has introduced a world-first premium air quality technology in its cars, allowing Volvo drivers to breathe clean and healthy air inside their cars and clean the air of their cabin ahead of their journey. levels inside the cabin after cleaning.

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As states use less coal for electricity, driving electric vehicles becomes even cleaner

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Battery electric vehicles are only as clean as the energy source used to generate the electricity that powers them. This brief study analyses, for each individual state, the changes from 2008 to 2018 in the use of coal (one of the two most polluting energy sources) to generate electricity.

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CARB scrap-and-replace incentive program Clean Cars 4 All reaches 10,000th participant milestone

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As a direct result of the state’s Clean Cars 4 All program, more than 10,000 Californians have now scrapped old, dirty cars and replaced them with cleaner alternatives such as new and used zero-emission, plug-in hybrid, or hybrid cars. There is strong consumer demand for Clean Cars 4 All (CC4A) which incentivizes lower-income California drivers to scrap their older, high-polluting cars and replace them with clean cars.

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IPG to demo Flameless Ceramic Turbine for clean, off-grid power in EV charging

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IPG’s project will demonstrate the role of Flameless Ceramic Turbine technology in bringing EV charging to high-use and remote locations through clean, cheap, grid-independent power generation. Not only can IPG’s technology deliver low-emission, pollutant-free energy on today’s cleaner fuels.

2020 324

Cleaner fuels have replaced more than 3B gallons of diesel under California Low Carbon Fuel Standard

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New 2018 data from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) indicates that the state’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) continues to drive production of a growing volume of cleaner transportation fuels for California consumers. billion gallons of petroleum diesel have been displaced by clean, low-carbon alternatives. Those cleaner fuels will displace millions more gallons of fossil fuels, helping pave the way for California to achieve full carbon neutrality by 2045.

2019 184

CARB adopts electric truck rule: Advanced Clean Trucks

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The California Air Resources Board has adopted a first-in-the-world rule—the Advanced Clean Trucks ( earlier post )—requiring truck manufacturers to transition from diesel trucks and vans (Class 2b to Class 8) to electric zero-emission trucks beginning in 2024. Statewide, the Advanced Clean Truck regulation will lower related premature deaths by 1,000, according to CARB projections.

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Study estimates ~4M children worldwide develop asthma each year because of NO2 air pollution

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About 4 million children worldwide develop asthma each year because of inhaling nitrogen dioxide (NO 2 ) air pollution, according to an open-access study published in The Lancet Planetary Health by researchers at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken Institute SPH). Our findings suggest that millions of new cases of pediatric asthma could be prevented in cities around the world by reducing air pollution.

2019 290

CARB approves $533M funding plan for clean transportation investments

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The California Air Resources Board approved a $533-million plan to fund clean car rebates, zero-emission transit and school buses, clean trucks, and other innovative, clean transportation and mobility pilot projects. CARB uses this funding to accelerate development and early commercial deployment of the cleanest vehicle technologies and to improve access to clean transportation for all Californians. AQIP is an incentive program for mobile sources of air pollution.

2019 195

Clean-air plan for San Joaquin Valley first to meet all federal standards for fine particle pollution; $5B in incentive funding required

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Meeting standards for fine particle pollution, or PM 2.5 , is the San Joaquin Valley’s most critical air quality challenge. The San Joaquin Valley has the worst particulate matter pollution in California—and the worst in the nation for annual federal standards. The plan features air pollution controls on important mobile, stationary and area-wide sources that will achieve the needed reductions of PM 2.5

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New research shows air pollution could play a role in development of cardiometabolic diseases, diabetes

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Air pollution is the world’s leading environmental risk factor, and causes more than nine million deaths per year. New research published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation shows air pollution may play a role in the development of cardiometabolic diseases, such as diabetes. The researchers found that air pollution was a “risk factor for a risk factor” that contributed to the common soil of other fatal problems like heart attack and stroke.

2020 161

EPA awards $5M to the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) for cleaner big rigs

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $5 million to the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) to help Southern truckers and small businesses to buy cleaner big rigs. The money, awarded through the SmartWay Clean Diesel Finance Program, will guarantee loans used to buy retrofitted used tractor-trailers at Rush Truck Centers throughout the South.

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Poor air quality to remain a problem in India despite pollution control policies

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in 2030 even if India were to comply with its existing pollution control policies and regulations. In January 2019, the Indian government launched the National Clean Air Program (NCAP), a five-year action plan to curb air pollution; build a pan-India air quality monitoring network; and improve citizen awareness. The program focuses on 102 polluted Indian cities and aims to reduce PM 2.5 In 2015, air pollution emission control costs accounted for about 0.7%

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California adds $72.5M for cleaner diesel trucks, deployment of advanced vehicle technologies

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million in funding for state programs that will improve public health by helping to clean up California’s fleet of cars, trucks and buses. The Air Resources Board will move $8 million from other clean vehicle projects into ARB’s Truck Loan Assistance Program. Additionally, the board was briefed on additional funding the Legislature recently made available for clean car, truck and bus programs. The Clean Vehicle Rebate Project received an influx of $44.5

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Drivers from the world’s poorest cities who keep their windows down are exposed to 80% more air pollution

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Car users from the world’s least affluent cities are exposed to a disproportionate amount of in-car air pollution because they rely heavily on opening their windows for ventilation, according to a new global study led by researchers at the University of Surrey. The study discovered that drivers in some of the world’s poorest cities experienced higher levels of in-car pollution. The study was part of the Clean Air Engineering for Cities (CArE-Cities) project.

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CU Boulder study: routine household activities generate air quality on par with major polluted city

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Cooking, cleaning and other routine household activities generate significant levels of volatile and particulate chemicals inside the average home, leading to indoor air quality levels on par with a polluted major city, according to a study by researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder. Homes have never been considered an important source of outdoor air pollution and the moment is right to start exploring that.

2019 186

California clean fuels rule reports 100% compliance in 2017

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The program provides consumers with an increasing volume and variety of cleaner fuels. They were required to make up for their shortfall by purchasing credits from clean fuel providers. All other companies brought cleaner fuels to market—fuels that were below the carbon-intensity baseline. The clean fuels also reduced emissions of toxic pollutants as well as those that cause smog.

2018 174

Study concludes environmental regulations drove steep declines in US factory pollution even with increased production

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The federal Clean Air Act and associated environmental regulations have driven steep declines in air pollution emissions over the past several decades, even as US manufacturers increased production, according to a study by two University of California, Berkeley, economists. In the 1960s and 1970s, people worried that Los Angeles, New York and other US cities would have unbearable air pollution levels by the end of the 20th century.

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Chicago Area Clean Cities names American Lung Association 2017 Clean Fuels Champion

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The American Lung Association has been named the 2017 Clean Fuels Champion by Chicago Area Clean Cities (CACC), a nonprofit coalition dedicated to promoting clean-energy and clean-air solutions for transportation in the Chicago area impacting nearly 9 million people. The Clean Fuels Champion was awarded last night at the coalition’s Annual Meeting. We are truly honored to be named a Clean Fuels Champion by Chicago Area Clean Cities.

2017 150

$13.5M in EPA clean diesel grant funding available

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million in grant funding to help governments and nonprofit organizations switch to cleaner diesel engines. Nonprofit organizations may apply if they provide pollution reduction or educational services to diesel fleet owners or if their principal purpose is promoting clean transportation or air quality. The projects fund clean diesel technology such as emissions and idle control devices, aerodynamic equipment, engine and vehicle replacements and alternative fuel options.

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Northeast States, DC release proposal for regional plan to cut emissions and invest in clean transportation

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The associated auction of pollution allowances under the proposal is projected to generate up to nearly $7 billion annually that participating jurisdictions could invest in solutions to further reduce pollution and to improve transportation choices for rural, urban and suburban communities.

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Study: consumer products overtake transportation as largest source of VOCs air pollution in cities

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Consumer products such as shampoo, cleaning products and paint now contribute as much to emitted volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in cities as tailpipe emissions from vehicles, according to a new study led by NOAA. Thus, it is important to identify and quantify the most important human-produced sources of VOC emissions to effectively mitigate air pollution and improve human health, the authors said. As transportation gets cleaner, those other sources become more and more important.

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IEA: Estonia is pioneering technologies for more efficient and cleaner use of oil shale

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An article in the latest issue of IEA Energy: The Journal of the International Energy Agency reports that Estonia, which has the most developed oil shale industry in the world, is collaborating in pursuing wider use of oil shale in a cleaner, more sustainable manner. Ash, as a processing residue, is clean and has several applications in cement production and the construction industry.

PA Governor Wolf announces $8.5M from Volkswagen Settlement to reduce transportation pollution

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Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced that 34 cleaner energy transportation projects will receive $8,489,844 in Driving PA Forward grants and rebates. Funded by Pennsylvania’s share of the settlement with Volkswagen Group of America, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)is committing funding for a range of clean energy transportation projects on our roads, at schools, and at marine ports and airports.

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CARB approves $483M funding plan for clean transportation investments; 94% of funding from cap-and-trade

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The California Air Resources Board approved a $483 million plan to fund clean car rebates, zero-emission transit and school buses, clean trucks, and other innovative, clean transportation and mobility pilot projects. Projects in the FY 2018-19 plan prioritize environmental justice by addressing specific community needs and increasing awareness of, and access to, cleaner transportation and mobility options exceeding the requirements called for under Senate Bill 350.

2018 175

IMechE report calls for new Clean Air Act in UK

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A new report by the UK-based Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) calls for urgent action to tackle the damage to health caused by air pollution. A 2016 report by the Royal College of Physicians put the annual deaths attributable to outdoor air pollution in the UK at around 40,000. Broadly, the report calls for the creation of a modern Clean Air Act that takes a holistic approach—i.e., Regular commuters encounter air pollution twice a day up to 250 days a year.

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Port of Los Angeles surpasses 2023 pollution reduction targets five years ahead of schedule; NOx down 60% from 2005

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Overall, the 2017 findings show the Port has maintained or exceeded the significant clean air progress it has made over the last 12 years, and has now met all of its 2023 Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) goals. We’re seeing the combined benefits of our ongoing clean air strategies and increased efficiencies across the supply chain. This is why cleaner technology and increased efficiency matter.

New York to invest $127.7 million Volkswagen settlement in clean vehicles

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million received from the 2016 Volkswagen settlement to significantly increase the number of electric vehicles and other clean vehicles in the state. The state’s strategically leveraged investment of settlement funds is anticipated to result in at least $300 million of clean vehicles and infrastructure on New York’s roadways. In addition, New York will replace or re-power older, high-polluting diesel-powered trucks, school buses, and equipment with cleaner vehicles and equipment.

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WHO: 9 out of 10 people worldwide breathe polluted air; 7M deaths per year

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New data from the World Health Organization (WHO) shows that 9 out of 10 people breathe air containing high levels of pollutants. Updated estimations reveal a death toll of 7 million people every year caused by ambient (outdoor) and household air pollution. Air pollution threatens us all, but the poorest and most marginalized people bear the brunt of the burden. If we don’t take urgent action on air pollution, we will never come close to achieving sustainable development.

2018 150

Research shows clean fuel-use for ships off California coast extremely effective in reducing sulfur dioxide pollution

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Data collected during a major 2010 state-federal atmospheric research project show that the first-in-the-nation regulation requiring ocean-going vessels to use clean fuel when near the California coast has been extremely effective in reducing sulfur dioxide pollution from ships, according to the California Air Resources Board (ARB). For some coastal counties in California, ships are the largest source of sulfur dioxide pollution.

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EPA issues ANPR on Clean Trucks Initiative, seeking input from public and stakeholders

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The US EPA issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) for the Cleaner Trucks Initiative (CTI). The eventual CTI rulemaking will establish new, more stringent emission standards for NO x and other pollutants for highway heavy-duty engines. The EPA Administrator announced in November 2018 that EPA would pursue the Cleaner Trucks Initiative (CTI) to update NO x emissions standards for heavy-duty trucks.

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EPA requires trucking companies to reduce air pollution near Los Angeles schools as part of emissions violation settlement

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Heavy-duty trucks can emit drastically higher levels of pollution when not equipped with required emissions controls. Transport companies must comply with California’s rule to improve air quality and protect adjacent schools and communities from breathing these toxic pollutants. Schools near major freeways can be exposed to high levels of traffic pollution.

California Air Resources Board approves $663M funding plan for clean cars, trucks, buses

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The California Air Resources Board approved a $663-million low-carbon transportation plan to increase the use of clean cars, heavy-duty trucks, buses and freight equipment. The plan allocates $398 million to incentivize clean heavy-duty trucks, buses and freight projects, including $190 million for advanced-technology freight equipment such as yard trucks, forklifts and cranes. 20 million to make loans for clean trucks more widely available.

2017 196

Sandia team uses new approach with large data set to gain insights into chemistry of ignition and pollution formation

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Research led by Sandia National Laboratories has resulted in new insights about how to understand and ultimately to control the chemistry of ignition behavior and pollutant formation. The discovery eventually will lead to cleaner, more efficient internal combustion engines. Making combustion cleaner and more efficient will have a huge impact, reducing energy use around the globe. Subsequently, this will lead to clean and efficient internal combustion engines.

2019 161

Faurecia Emissions Control reorients strategy, becomes Faurecia Clean Mobility

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To align with industry megatrends and boost its long term growth, Faurecia Emissions Control Technologies has reoriented its strategy and become Faurecia Clean Mobility. Faurecia Clean Mobility is one of three Faurecia business groups, the other two being Automotive Seating and Interior Systems. This technology captures heat given off by the exhaust to warm the interior more quickly than a conventional set-up, reducing fuel consumption and pollutant emissions.

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Berkeley study finds clean vehicle rebates have predominantly benefited wealthy, white Californians

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The distribution of California’s clean vehicle rebates across different socioeconomic groups has been uneven, with higher income groups more likely to receive rebates, according to a new study by a team from the University of California, Berkeley. There may be other reasons why communities of color aren’t receiving and benefiting from clean vehicle rebates, say Rubin and St-Louis.

2016 241

Mayor of London floats action plan to reduce city’s air pollution

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The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has outlined plans to crackdown on the most polluting vehicles, including an additional £10 (US$13) per day charge for the most polluting vehicles and an extended Ultra-Low Emission Zone. The public has until 29 July 2016 to provide feed back on the first round of the Clean Air Plan consultation. Implementing clean bus corridors – tackling the worst pollution hotspots by delivering cleaner buses on the dirtiest routes.

2016 150

Washington governor proposes slate of measures to curb GHG emissions & transition state to cleaner energy; cap-and-trade and EV incentives

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Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced a set of proposals to transition Washington to cleaner sources of energy and to meet greenhouse gas (GHG) emission limits adopted by the state Legislature in 2008. The proposed “Carbon Pollution Accountability Act” (CPAA) would create a new, market-based program that sets an annual limit CO 2 emissions; major emitters will need to purchase “allowances” for their emissions. Cleaner transportation options for consumers.

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California Air Resources Board posts revised draft of strategy to reduce “Super Pollutants”

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The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has posted a revised draft of California’s proposed Short-Lived Climate Pollutant (SLCP) Strategy. SLCPs are a category of pollutants which remain in the atmosphere for a relatively brief period, but have global warming potentials that are much higher than those of CO 2. —“Revised Proposed Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Reduction Strategy”.

2016 196

WHO: Air pollution levels rising in many of the world’s poorest cities

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More than 80% of people living in urban areas that monitor air pollution are exposed to air quality levels that exceed World Health Organization (WHO) limits, according to the organization. In the past two years, the database—now covering 3,000 cities in 103 countries—has nearly doubled, with more cities measuring air pollution levels and recognizing the associated health impacts. Global urban air pollution trends.

2016 174

UK government launches new clean air strategy; ending sales of conventional diesel and gasoline LDVs by 2040

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UK Environment Secretary Michael Gove published a new Clean Air Strategy to cut air pollution backed up through new primary legislation. The UK said it will go further and faster than the EU in reducing human exposure to particulate matter pollution. These proposals are in addition to the government’s £3.5-billion (US$4.7-billion) plan to reduce air pollution from road transport and diesel vehicles, set out in July last year.

2018 174

EPA making $20M available for clean diesel projects

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a Request for Proposals ( EPA-OAR-OTAQ-12-05 ) with up to $20 million in FY 2012 grant funding to establish clean diesel projects aimed at reducing pollution from the existing fleet of diesel engines. Verified/Certified Cleaner Fuel Use: the cost differential between the eligible cleaner fuels. EPA has standards in place that make new diesels more than 90% cleaner than their predecessors.

2012 196

IEA: 7% increase in total energy investment could cut premature deaths from air pollution in half by 2040

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A new report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) forecasts that energy policy choices backed by a 7% increase in total energy investment through 2040 could cut premature deaths from air pollution roughly in half by 2040. Under such a scenario, premature deaths from outdoor air pollution would decline by 1.7 million in 2040 compared with the report’s main scenario, and those from household pollution would fall by 1.6

2016 163

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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In terms of investment in innovation for cleaner energy, the plan calls for: Investment in advanced fossil energy projects. The new goal is that efficiency standards for appliances and federal buildings set in the first and second terms combined will reduce carbon pollution by at least 3 billion metric tons cumulatively by 2030—equivalent to nearly one-half of the CO 2 emissions from the entire US energy sector for one year.

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