IEA: global carbon dioxide emissions have rebounded strongly

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The Covid-19 crisis in 2020 triggered the largest annual drop in global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions since the Second World War, according to IEA data, but the overall decline of about 6% masks wide variations depending on the region and the time of year.

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CARB approves $28M investment in clean trucks, cars

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California’s Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP) provides incentives to purchase the cleanest medium- and heavy-duty trucks, and Clean Cars 4 All incentivizes lower-income California drivers to scrap their older, high-polluting cars and replace them with zero-emission, plug-in hybrid or hybrid vehicles. Incentives play a pivotal role in supporting California’s air quality, climate and petroleum-reduction goals. Clean Cars 4 All.

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Virginia Legislature passes Clean Car Standards bill; to Governor for signing

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At the end of last week, the Virginia State Senate passed HB 1965, which directs the State Air Pollution Control Board to implement a low-emissions and zero-emissions vehicle program for motor vehicles with a model year of 2025 and later. With this rule, Virginia joins 14 other states and the District of Columbia in adopting clean car standards. Climate Change Emissions Fuel Efficiency Regulations

Solaris joins European Clean Hydrogen Alliance

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Bus manufacturer Solaris has joined the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance , an initiative led by the European Commission. As part of the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance, Solaris has been invited to participate in a mobility roundtable.

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White House forms Climate Innovation Working Group; on the way to ARPA-C

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President Biden has created a new Climate Innovation Working Group as part of the National Climate Task Force to advance his commitment to launching an Advanced Research Projects Agency-Climate (ARPA-C). The working group is intended to help coordinate and strengthen federal government-wide efforts to foster affordable, game-changing technologies that can help achieve the goal of net zero economy-wide emissions by 2050.

IRENA report says tripling renewables investment required to reach 2050 climate goal

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Global renewable energy investment increased between 2013 and 2018, reaching its peak at US$351 billion in 2017, according to a new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and Climate Policy Initiative (CPI). Climate Change Emissions Market Background Power Generation

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Nevada launches “Clean Cars Nevada” effort; adopting California LEV and ZEV

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Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak announced the “ Clean Cars Nevada ” initiative, which will evaluate the adoption of new regulations to provide Nevadans with more choices for low and zero emission electric passenger cars and trucks at dealerships throughout the state beginning in 2024.

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EPA proposes first US greenhouse gas emissions standards for aircraft

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards for airplanes used in commercial aviation and large business jets. Aviation Climate Change Emissions Market Background Regulations

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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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UN report finds nations must be more ambitious with national climate action plans to achieve Paris goal

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UN Climate Change published the Initial NDC Synthesis Report , showing nations must redouble efforts and submit stronger, more ambitious national climate action plans in 2021 if they’re to achieve the Paris Agreement goal of limiting global temperature rise by 2 °C—ideally 1.5 The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, by contrast, has indicated that emission reduction ranges to meet the 1.5°C C, we must cut global emissions by 45% by 2030 from 2010 levels.

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. By 2045, every new truck sold in California will be zero-emission. Statewide, the Advanced Clean Truck regulation will lower related premature deaths by 1,000, according to CARB projections.

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

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Beginning with the initial regional base annual CO 2 emission budgets for 2022, the regional base annual CO 2 emission budgets are to decline by an amount per year to be set in the final MOU. Electric (Battery) Emissions Policy

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How good is the Mass. Clean Energy and Climate Plan for cleaning up the grid?

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The Baker a dministration released their ten-year Clean Energy & Climate Plan (CECP), which is open for comment through February 22.

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LA Metro contracts with Clean Energy for 47.5M gallons of renewable natural gas

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The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) has signed a new agreement with Clean Energy Fuels for an estimated 47.5 Clean Energy already delivers RNG to five additional Metro fueling depots under a previously awarded RNG agreement.

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ICCT: aviation emissions increasing 70% faster than UN projections

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A new International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) 2 -emissions-commercial-aviation-2018">report finds that aviation emissions are increasing 70% faster than UN projections that already point to a tripling of CO 2 by 2050. In other words, the climate challenge for aviation is worse than expected. of global CO 2 emissions from global fossil fuel use and a 32% increase over the past five years. Two-thirds of those emissions came from domestic flights.

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California Governor signs two bills to strengthen emission standard for trucks; Executive Order leverages $700B portfolio to strengthen climate resiliency

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California Governor Gavin Newsom signed two bills to strengthen emission standards for trucks, semis and other high-pollution vehicles. The order also directs the California Air Resources Board (ARB) to push automakers to produce even more clean vehicles, and to find ways for more Californians to purchase these vehicles on the new and used markets. Truck emissions. Electric (Battery) Emissions Heavy-duty

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Satellite study suggests California clean air regulations working to reduce PM2.5 emissions in state

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The study demonstrates the success of California’s air pollution control programs, regulations, enforcement efforts and clean-air plans in regions with the greatest air quality challenges: Southern California and the southern Central Valley. This is the result of CARB’s programs that clean up cars and trucks, along with other programs including wood burning rules implemented by air districts. Emissions Regulations

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Study finds scrubbers have lower climate impact than low-sulfur fuel

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A recent report from CE Delft, an independent research and consultancy organization, regarding the climate impact of Exhaust Gas Cleaning (EGC) systems for the marine industry. Reducing CO 2 emissions while complying with the IMO’s MARPOL Annex VI is one such important aspect.

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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.

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California Legislature passes $1.5B California Clean Air Initiative to cut emissions; $895M for mobile sources

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The California state legislature has passed a set of bills ( AB 134 and AB 109 ) providing $895 million towards programs that will reduce air pollution from mobile sources which are responsible for 40% of the state’s greenhouse gas emissions. The Clean Air Initiative marks the single largest investment in clean air in state history. 140 million for the Clean Vehicle Rebate Program for rebates for light-duty vehicles. AB 109 is less focused on mobile source emissions.

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New international Climate and Clean Air Coalition to focus on reduction of short-lived climate pollutants

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Global benefits from full implementation of measures for reduction of short-lived climate pollutants in 2030 compared to the reference scenario. The climate change benefit is estimated for a given year (2050) and human health and crop benefits are. F), according to an assessment released last year in Bonn, Germany, during a meeting of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Climate Change Emissions Policy

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California ARB awards $24M to 3 school districts to promote zero-emission vehicles, clean transportation options

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The California Air Resources Board announced a new program that will fund a variety of projects promoting zero-emission transportation options for students, parents and staff members served by school districts in California. Grant winners for the new two-year Clean Mobility in Schools Pilot Project are: El Monte Union High School District — $9.8 Smaller projects include, for example, zero-emission vanpools used by staff to travel to meetings and used for small student group trips.

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T&E study finds plug-in hybrids show higher CO2 emissions than claimed

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T&E has commissioned Emissions Analytics to test three of the most popular PHEVs sold in 2019: a BMW X5 (longest EV range PHEV available), a Volvo XC60 and the Mitsubishi Outlander. Unless you drive them softly, carbon emissions can go off the charts.

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CalSEED awards $4.2M to early-stage clean energy innovations

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The California Sustainable Energy Entrepreneur Development (CalSEED) program announced that the fourth cohort of innovative clean energy concepts has been approved by the California Energy Commission (CEC); 28 companies out of 212 were selected to receive grants of $150,000 each. Cypris Materials, Inc is developing paintable solar reflective coatings for the built environment to decrease cooling costs, improve energy efficiency, and lower greenhouse gas emissions.

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Clean Energy Ventures leads investment battery startups Nth Cycle and Volexion; upstream, downstream

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Clean Energy Ventures , a $110-million venture capital firm investing in early-stage climate tech startups, is leading the investments in two battery startups: one in the upstream ( N th Cycle ) and one in the downstream ( Volexion ).

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Canada’s First Ministers release Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change

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Canada’s First Ministers (The Prime Minister of Canada and the provincial and territorial premiers) issued a joint communiqué and released the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change following the First Ministers’ Meeting. The Framework outlines actions that will grow the economy while reducing GHG emissions. setting an example and driving significant reductions in emissions from government operations.

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Climate and Clean Air Coalition to work with oil and gas companies to reduce emissions

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Specifically, the Climate and Clean Air Coalition intends to work with leading oil and gas companies to achieve substantial global methane and black carbon emission reductions. The Climate and Clean Air Coalition aims to help companies accelerate and expand voluntary emission reductions where there are cost-effective opportunities to do so, and to showcase progress by companies that are already taking significant action.

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UCS: ride-hailing trips can produce nearly 70% greater emissions compared to private car trips

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A new report by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) finds that the rising use of ride-hailing services is increasing carbon emissions, with ride-hailing trips producing nearly 70% greater emissions compared to the trips they are replacing.

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ICCT life-cycle analysis finds no climate benefit in using LNG as marine fuel

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Additionally, LNG engines are tuned to either emit low nitrogen oxide (NO x ) emissions—at the cost of higher methane emissions in some cases—or to incorporate NO x reduction technologies such as exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) or selective catalytic reduction (SCR).

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Estes partners with Clean Energy to expand RNG vehicle fleet to 71 units

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Clean Energy Fuels Corp., Estes, the nation’s largest privately-owned freight transportation carrier, is acquiring the Class 8 natural gas trucks equipped with the Cummins Westport ultra-clean ISX12N engine for its California fleet, and is expected to use an approximate 2.8

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Southern California Edison introduces clean energy proposal to meet state’s climate, air quality goals; >7M EVs (24%) by 2030

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Southern California Edison has proposed an integrated strategic framework for the state of California to meet its ambitious climate and air quality goals. SCE describes its Clean Power and Electrification Pathway in a white paper. The approach builds upon existing state programs by identifying cost-effective actions to increase clean energy in the electric system and to leverage that clean electricity in the transportation and building sectors to achieve needed emissions reductions.

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World Bank Group: mineral production to soar as demand for clean energy increases

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A new World Bank Group report finds that the production of minerals, such as graphite, lithium and cobalt, could increase by nearly 500% by 2050, to meet the growing demand for clean energy technologies. Electric (Battery) Emissions Forecasts Manufacturing Materials Mining

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When You See Something, Say Something: Climate Emergency Alarm Bells Ringing While Local Electeds Pretend Not To Hear

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Just four months ago, in October, the UN’s IPCC Climate Report gave us, at best, 12 years to take bold and drastic action in cutting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions if we want to limit the level of already baked-in climate catastrophe. If we continue our head-in-the-sand, business as usual path, we are headed straight for runaway, uncontrollable destruction of our livable climate. In 2019 alone more easy-to-connect climate crisis dots have made worldwide news: .

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California ARB announces grant solicitation for Clean Mobility in Schools Pilot Project

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The California Air Resources Board (CARB) announced a competitive grant solicitation for one or more grantees to implement the Clean Mobility in Schools Pilot Project for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018-19. The current funding available for the FY 2018-19 Clean Mobility in Schools Pilot Program is $10 million. Emissions Mobility

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California ARB developing Clean Miles Standard for ridesharing companies

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With the enactment of SB 1014 ( earlier post )—the Clean Miles Standard and Incentive Program—the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is to develop and to implement new requirements for transportation network companies (TNCs)—i.e., ridesharing companies—for innovative ways to curb GHG emissions as new mobility options grow at a rapid pace.

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4 more cities sign Global Clean Bus Declaration raising total to >40K ultra-low emission buses by 2020; London to trial BYD electric double-decker

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Four additional cities—Amsterdam, Lima, Catalonia (Barcelona) and Rome— signed up to the Global Clean Bus Declaration at the 1 st global Clean Bus Summit in London. The Global Clean Bus Declaration , developed by the Mayor of London Boris Johnson in partnership with the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group , launched in Buenos Aires in March 2015 with 20 original signatories. Climate Change Emissions Fleets Heavy-duty Urban mobility

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I-5 electric truck charging sites mapped out by electric utilities; West Coast Clean Transit Corridor

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Several utilities in California—LADWP, PG&E, SDG&E and SCE—have programs aimed at supporting the adoption of electric trucks, but more support will be needed to reach electrification levels identified in the study and to meet state climate goals.

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Ted Lieu To The Rescue! Heroic Climate Champion Saves Community Choice Aggregation.

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You go to climate battle with the Ted Lieu you have, not the Ted Lieu you wished you had. Waxman has been our heroic climate champion for many years now and is retiring. New, fresh, young, energetic blood is needed from a new champion at this special spot on the climate timeline – and Ted Lieu has now seized his moment and become that champion. million in savings overall for Marin Clean Energy customers in 2014.

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Clean energy won't happen, climate change will be bad: a contrarian perspective

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The most recent detailed studies on the likely warming of Planet Earth are grim indeed, suggesting that we are collectively at "very high risk" for the most extreme effects of climate change. To stem that, mankind collectively will have to reduce its ongoing emissions of carbon dioxide radically and immediately. emissions global warming climate change carbon dioxide science

California agencies release report charting path to 100% clean electricity; need to triple grid capacity by 2045

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The 178-page report finds that the goals of SB 100 can be achieved in different ways, but reaching them will require significant investments in new and existing technologies and an increased, sustained build-out of clean energy projects to bring new resources on-line. California will need to sustain its expansion of clean electricity generation capacity at a record-breaking rate for the next 25 years. A clean electricity grid is necessary to achieve economywide carbon neutrality.

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Transport Canada contracts CNL to research clean energy technologies to decarbonize marine sector

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Transport Canada has awarded a contract to Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL), Canada’s premier nuclear science and technology organization, to develop an assessment tool to examine clean technologies that could reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the release of other pollutants from marine vessels. Ammonia Canada Electric (Battery) Emissions Hydrogen Market Background Ports and Marine

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CalZEV Coalition supports Innovative Clean Transit measure under consideration at California ARB; 100% zero-emission buses

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Californians for Zero Emission Vehicles (CalZEV), a coalition of public health, environmental and electric vehicle industry organizations, announced its strong support for the Innovative Clean Transit (ICT) measure currently before the California Air Resources Board (CARB). Under the proposal ( earlier post ), California transit agencies would be required to purchase 100% zero-emission buses by 2040 as they gradually phase out their dependence on buses that pollute the atmosphere.

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