Canada and California to work together on cleaner transportation

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Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, and the Chair of the California Air Resources Board, Mary Nichols, today signed a new cooperation agreement to advance cleaner vehicles and fuels. The transportation sector is the source of nearly a quarter of Canada’s carbon emissions and more than 40% of California’s.

2019 216

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

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Michael Sivak is the managing director of Sivak Applied Research and the former director of Sustainable Worldwide Transportation at the University of Michigan. by Michael Sivak, Sivak Applied Research.

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Renewable energy Electric vehicles/TransportationI often hear EV skeptics say some variation of, “Unless electric vehicles are charged with 100% renewables, they’re still contributing to pollution.”

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. The program aims to reduce the carbon intensity of transportation fuels by considering greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at all stages of production, from extraction to combustion.

2019 184

London study suggests PHEV vans a practical, accessible solution for cleaner air in European cities

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The participants in the trial—Addison Lee Group, Autoglass, British Gas, Clancy Plant, DPD, Heathrow Airport, Interserve, Mears Group, the Metropolitan Police, Morrison Utility Services, RNLI, Royal Mail, Speedy Hire, Sky, Transport for London and Vodafone—represented a cross-section of city-based businesses, and integrated the Ford Transit Custom Plug-In Hybrid vans into their day-to-day operations.

2019 211

EPA launches Cleaner Trucks Initiative to update NOx standards for heavy-duty trucks

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched the Cleaner Trucks Initiative (CTI) to further decrease NO x emissions from on-highway heavy-duty trucks and engines. Through rulemaking and a comprehensive review of existing requirements, we will capitalize on these gains and incentivize new technologies to ensure our heavy-duty trucks are clean and remain a competitive method of transportation.

2018 212

GlobalData: hydrogen to become game changer as large-scale source of cleaner power

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With a drop in the costs of solar PV and wind power generation, setting up electrolyzers at places that have significant renewable resources can serve as a low-cost supply alternative to hydrogen, even after taking into account the transmission and distribution (T&D) costs involved in the transportation of hydrogen from (mostly remotely placed) renewables to end-users.

2020 170

Honeywell UOP introduces range of new hydrotreating catalysts; production of cleaner-burning gasoline and diesel

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Honeywell UOP is introducing an expanded portfolio of new hydrotreating catalysts used to remove impurities and contaminants from petroleum and other refining feedstocks to produce cleaner-burning gasoline and diesel that meets new global emissions regulations. This and subsequent processes significantly raised the yield of high-octane transportation fuels.

2016 150

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. billion for low-carbon transportation projects from the cap-and-trade program.

2019 195

UN Secretary-General urges transport ministers to reshape world’s transport systems

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged the world’s transport ministers meeting at the International Transport Forum 2015to accelerate efforts to combat climate change and “ find new green solutions ”. Ban called sustainable transport “ a common thread ” linking the upcoming UN Summit in September in New York and the COP21 climate change conference in Paris in December.

2015 263

RAC survey finds UK drivers increasing reliance on cars, spurning public transport in response to COVID-19

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More than half of UK drivers (57%) say having access to a car is more important than it was before the coronavirus pandemic, with reluctance to use public transport in the future at its highest level in 18 years, according to research for the RAC’s annual Report on Motoring.

2020 209

EPRI-NRDC report finds widespread vehicle electrification and a cleaner grid could lead to substantial cuts in GHG by 2050

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Widespread adoption of electric transportation, including electrification in the off-road sector, could lead to substantial reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and could modestly improve air quality, according to a new analysis released by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). First is the continuing decarbonization of the electricity sector and second is the electrification of energy use in transportation and industry.

2015 210

Study suggests China urban passenger transport emissions could peak in 2030

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A team of researchers in China suggest that, in the context of promoting the use of clean fuel vehicles and increasing vehicle fuel efficiency, CO 2 emissions of China’s urban passenger transport sector could reach a peak of 225 MtCO 2 in 2030. If the mode share of public transport could further increase, the CO 2 emissions from the urban passenger transport sector in China are possible to peak at around 2020 with the emissions ranging from 171 to 214 MtCO 2.

2019 259

EU cleaner-car proposals slammed for too few electric cars, too much biodiesel

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Called "Clean Energy for All Europeans," the plan calls for emissions reductions in both the transportation and energy sectors, as well as increased use of renewable energy for electricity generation, and biodiesel for. Europe Biofuels energy policy EU plug-in cars biodiesel transportation policyA new package of laws drafted by the European Commission aims to reduce consumption of fossil fuels within the European Union.

2016 106

Volvo Trucks presents Vera autonomous electric vehicle for future transport solutions

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Vera is controlled and monitored via a cloud-based service, and has the potential to make transportation safer, cleaner and more efficient. Volvo’s long-term goal is to offer companies that need continuous transport services between fixed hubs a complement to today’s offerings. Rising consumption, the fast growth of e-commerce and the wide-spread shortage of drivers put higher demands on efficient transport solutions.

2018 262

Supreme Court: California Cleaner-Fuels Plan OK, Oil Companies Lose Appeal

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In an action sure to appease fans of a greener transportation future, the U.S. That means the LCFS now has one fewer obstacle in its aim to encourage the adoption of cleaner fuels in the state''s cars and Supreme Court has chosen to decline oil and ethanol companies'' appeal to a decision to uphold California''s Low Carbon Fuels Standard (LCFS).

2014 125

3 East Coast states and DC first to participate in TCI-P cap-and-invest program for transportation

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The governors of Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island, and the mayor of the District of Columbia announced that theirs will be the first jurisdictions to launch a new multi-state program that the principals expect will invest some $300 million per year in cleaner transportation choices. The total number of emission allowances would decline each year, resulting in less transportation pollution. The Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) is an ongoing?

2020 186

GM employees take to bicycles for cleaner transport

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General Motors (GM) might be best know for its production of four-wheeled mode of transport, but it seems the car giant is also switched-on to pedal-power too. The carmaker has become the first car company in the US to implement a bicycle sharing program; which it will use to allow employees at it[.].

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TIP Trailer Services to offer Dearman zero emissions transport refrigeration system alongside regular fleet

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Dearman and TIP Netherlands (NL) have entered into a partnership to deploy alongside their regular fleet of refrigerated trailers Dearman’s liquid nitrogen-powered transport refrigeration units ( earlier post ) trailers leased by TIP to leading fleet operators. The Dearman transport refrigeration system combines cryogenic refrigeration with a Dearman engine ( earlier post ) and a downsized vapor compression refrigeration cycle.

2019 161

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

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The transportation sector is currently responsible for more than 40% of climate-changing greenhouse gas emissions in the region, and soot and smog from cars and trucks are major contributors to lung disease and other health problems region-wide, particularly in low income communities.

2019 195

“Clean Sky” Joint Technology Initiative Launches Initial €25M Call for Research Proposals on Cleaner Air Transport

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The Clean Sky JTI effort is arranged around six technology demonstrators. Click to enlarge. The European Clean Sky Joint Technology Initiative (JTI) launched a call for proposals for aeronautical R&D with a total value of more than €25 million (US$35 million), focused on the development of a new generation of quieter, more fuel-efficient and lower emitting aircraft.

2009 150

ABT e-line using pressure compensation element from Freudenberg Sealing Technologies in e-Caddy and e-Transporter

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ABT e-line, an electromobility company developing and producing electrified variants of the Volkswagen Caddy and Transporter, has selected this solution to help make the batteries in the electric cargo vans more reliable and safe.

2020 209

EIB awards €17M to QEV to advance zero emissions transport in developing countries

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E-mobility and R&D specialist QEV Technologies will receive €17 million from the European Investment Bank (EIB) for a variety of low-carbon transportation projects. The funding will boost the company’s development of electric powertrains for small urban transport vehicles, electric racing technologies, fast charging systems, and electric vehicles (EVs).

2019 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 Governor’s office projects that the program will generate about $1 billion in the first year, and more thereafter, which will be used for transportation, education, tax relief for working families and other purposes. Cleaner transportation options for consumers.

2014 192

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.

2019 179

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. The plan as outlined also calls for further work on advanced biofuels, advanced batteries and fuel cell technologies in every transportation mode.

2013 212

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

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Transportation emissions of NO x and VOCs have long been considered major contributors to formation of O 3 and SOA in urban areas, although recent studies have suggested the importance of nonvehicular sources as major contributors. We show that success in controlling air pollution has changed the proportions of sources of anthropogenic VOC emissions in the United States, decreasing the relative contribution from transportation fuels and increasing the contribution from VCPs.

2018 226

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

President Obama proposes 50% increase in spending on clean transportation, funded by $10/barrel tax on oil

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President Obama has laid out a plan for building a “21st Century Clean Transportation System”, the investment for which would be funded by a new $10 per barrel fee on oil paid by oil companies, which would be gradually phased in over five years. The President’s plan would increase US investments in clean transportation infrastructure by roughly 50%. a Resilient Transportation program to spur investments that bolster resilience to climate impacts.

2016 220

Transportation Electrification Accord sets out multi-sector roadmap to electrified future

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Fortune 100 companies, including automakers and utilities, have joined labor groups, consumer advocates, environmental organizations and others to sign the Transportation Electrification Accord — a written set of principles meant to inspire and continue the conversation around electrified transportation. The goal of the Accord is to educate policymakers on how to advance electric transportation in a manner that provides economic, social and environmental benefits.

2018 183

European Parliament endorses proposal for 12% share of energy from renewable energy in transport by 2030; 10% advanced biofuels

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The European Parliament last week endorsed a series of proposals setting targets for cleaner, more efficient energy use. Among those was a proposal for a binding EU-level target of a 12% share of energy from renewable sources in transport, by 2030. In 2030, each Member State will have to ensure that 12% of the energy consumed in transport comes from renewable sources.

2018 207

EC JRC report explores future of road transport; moving away from system centered on private car ownership

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The Joint Research Center (JRC), the European Commission’s science and knowledge service, has released a report exploring the future of road transport, given the advent of automated, connected, low-carbon and shared mobility. Extract of transport technologies funded under Horizon 2020 (H2020). New transport technologies on their own won’t spontaneously make our lives better. The growth in road passenger transport is estimated at 16% during 2010-2030 and at 30% for 2010-2050.

2019 175

PG&E launches $4M rebate program for customers using compressed natural gas as transportation fuel

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Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) launched the new Clean Fuel Rebate program for customers driving vehicles using compressed natural gas as a clean transportation fuel. The new rebate is part of California’s statewide Low Carbon Fuel Standard initiative, which aims to reduce transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions by encouraging the adoption of clean fuels like compressed natural gas.

2017 150

Port of Rotterdam exploring use of bio LNG in the transport sector

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The Port of Rotterdam Authority and the National LNG Platform will be starting a joint study that focuses on opportunities to develop LNG from renewable sources as a transport fuel in the port of Rotterdam—Europe’s largest sea port. LNG is considerably cleaner than other fossil fuels, and engines that run on LNG also generate less noise. Electric transport options are expected to form a major means to cut back CO₂ emissions in passenger transport in coming years.

2017 170

Study projects global carbon footprint from ICT will be equivalent to half of transportation’s current level by 2040

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in 2007 to exceed 14% of the 2016-level worldwide GHGE by 2040, accounting for more than half of the current relative contribution of the whole transportation sector, according to a new study from McMaster University in Canada. Lotfi Belkhir, Ahmed Elmeligi (2018) “Assessing ICT global emissions footprint: Trends to 2040 & recommendations” Journal of Cleaner Production , Volume 177, Pages 448-463 doi: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2017.12.239.

2018 244

£2.4 million fund for cleaner buses

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Transport Minister Norman Baker has announced that a further £2.4 million fund to supply cleaner buses for cities around the country. Speaking at industry event Coach and Bus Live, the minister announced the additional money will bring 55 more low carbon buses into service and will retro-fit dozen[.]. Green credentials

Europe moves forward on the Energy Union; transport key element

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94% percent of transport relies on oil products, of which 90% is imported. The current low oil and gas prices, while they last, should be seized as an historic opportunity—when combined with the falling cost of cleaner forms of energy, a strong EU climate policy and the emergence of new technologies—to reset the EU’s energy policy in the right direction: that of an Energy Union.

2015 203

Renault and French Atomic and Alternative Energy Commission Sign RD Agreement on Cleaner Vehicles and Sustainable Mobility

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Renault and the CEA (French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission, le Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives) have signed a cooperative research and development agreement that encompasses work on electric vehicles, new energies, and cleaner combustion engines. The aim for Renault is to achieve technological breakthroughs by developing a broader view of mobility in order to offer users cleaner vehicles, affordable by the greatest number.

2010 196

US DOT soliciting proposals for more than $826M to modernize and repair US transit buses and facilities, promote cleaner fuels

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US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced the availability of $826.5 Approximately $125 million is available for projects that will improve the quality of life through expanded transportation choices, new and better intermodal connections, reduced congestion, and/or services aimed at economically disadvantaged populations, including senior citizens and people with disabilities.

2012 185

US FTA to award up to $2.75M for zero-emissions public transportation tech

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The ZERO program is to facilitate the advancement, production, and deployment of zero-emission public transportation vehicle technology and related infrastructure. The purpose of ZERO is to work with US industry to remove obstacles on the critical path to the wider adoption of zero emission technology in public transportation. Since 2008, FTA has provided more than $150 million to support the research, development and deployment of cleaner more efficient public transit vehicles.

2016 204

EIA projects decline in transportation sector energy consumption through 2037 despite increase in VMT, followed by increase

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EIA’s Annual Energy Outlook 2019 projects continued robust growth in US energy production, emergence of the United States as an energy exporter, and a cleaner S electric power generation mix. For the Transportation sector, EIA projects that energy consumption will decline between 2019 and 2037 (in the Reference case) because increases in fuel economy more than offset growth in vehicle miles traveled (VMT).

2019 186

Pennsylvania awarding up to $5M to support alternative fuel transportation initiatives

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The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is accepting grant applications for innovative, advanced fuel, and vehicle technology projects that will result in cleaner advanced alternative transportation within the commonwealth.

2018 150

Gulf Oil adds LNG-powered trucks to its transportation fleet

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Gulf Oil LP, a national branded supplier of motor fuels throughout the United States and its territories, has deployed 34 transport trucks that run on liquefied natural gas (LNG). In addition, Gulf will soon be supplying and distributing LNG to customers in the transportation sector and other interested bulk users.

2012 196