Bosch Chairman Says Business Must Do More for Climate Protection, Even in Difficult Times

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Business must do even more for climate protection, even in difficult times, said Franz Fehrenbach, chairman of the Bosch board of management, an a talk at the Baden-Württemberg sustainability congress held in Stuttgart on 25 March ( Nachhaltigkeitskongress Baden-Württemberg 2009 ). The acute economic and financial crisis must not, he said, be allowed to function as a pretext for slackening efforts to combat climate change. Tags: Climate Change Policy Sustainability

Let Us Now Murder AB 2145 Before It Kills Community Choice Power

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There is nothing consumer protective about this kind of poison pill – it’s protective of one thing only – the profits for the monopoly utility’s shareholders. Senator Wright is a climate change denier and is “suspicious of renewable energy.”

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Gore's group on board with plug-ins

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The Alliance for Climate Protection, Al Gore's group, has taken another step toward promoting plug-in cars (all electric cars and plug-in hybrids) with its RePower America campaign.

Lillian Light Is No Lightweight - The Environmental Lioness of the South Bay is Fired Up, Ready To Go!

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Our relationship started about a month ago when we spent an evening together carpooling to a UCLA workshop on communication climate change that we both participated in. Climate Change: The State of Current Knowledge - 2005. Mayors’ Climate Protection Agreement.

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

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California’s Climate Protection Strategies do not help meet NAAQS Standards. Widespread deployment of these near-zero and power plant emission-equivalent heavy-duty natural gas vehicles (NGVs) are needed to meet tough air quality and climate protection goals.

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Volkswagen brand intends to almost halve environmental impact of production by 2025 vs. 2010 baseline

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It will be basing its targets more closely on the Paris Climate Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. This corresponded to 40 percent for the global climate protection factors CO2 and energy, and 60 percent for the local environmental protection factors of water consumption, waste production and solvent emissions. The Volkswagen brand has set itself new, ambitious targets for reducing the environmental impact of production.

Deutsche Post DHL and Renault aim to intensify their collaboration on the use of electric vehicles

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The investment into new technologies and fuel concepts is part of the Group''s climate protection program GoGreen. Deutsche Post DHL has signed a letter of intent for a possible future global framework agreement with car manufacturer Renault. The intended global agreement shall contain the options for a future purchase of Renault Kangoo Z.E. The Kangoo Z.E.

ICCT benchmarking report finds wide 51% gap between most- and least- fuel-efficient transatlantic airlines

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Delegates to the 21 st session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 21) will be meeting in early December at Le Bourget Airport in Paris to discuss, among other issues, how to incorporate greenhouse gas emissions from international aviation into a global climate protection framework.

$12M German project to develop technology for syngas production from CO2 and H2; new hydrogen production method

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million (US$12 million) to subsidize the project within its “Technologies for Sustainability and Climate Protection – Chemical Processes and Use of CO 2 ” scheme. BASF, the Linde Group and ThyssenKrupp plan to develop an environmentally friendly and competitive basis for utilizing carbon dioxide as a raw material on an industrial scale.

Volkswagen’s Winterkorn: “great potential” in solid-state batteries, with possible 1,000 Wh/l, or 700 km range

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High-performance energy storage is key to big challenges of our times—namely climate protection and a sustainable mobility. In his remarks made at Stanford University during the award of the third Science Award for Electrochemistry to Dr. Vanessa Wood ( earlier post ), Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen noted again the challenges of energy density, cost, reliability and lifespan for batteries enabling longer range electric mobility.

innogy launches EV charging subsidiary in US; targeting California and ZEV states

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For this reason, innogy is working constantly to drive forward the expansion of clean, climate-friendly mobility. For there too, electric mobility and climate protection are a mega-topic for many states and big cities—and we have the innovative solutions for tomorrow’s traffic. Germany-based innogy, a subsidiary of energy giant RWE, has established its own new subsidiary to enter the e-mobility market in the US.

California ARB soliciting research suggestions for FY 2012-2013 plan; sustainable communities, behavior, pollutant exposure, air pollution science, GHG targets

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Sustainable Communities : The Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Act of 2008 (SB 375) directs California’s metropolitan planning organizations to develop sustainable communities strategies that meet regional greenhouse gas reduction targets through integrated land use, housing and transportation planning. Behavior Climate Change Emissions Health Latin America Policy Sustainability

Study finds that switch to heavy and synthetic crude oils could double or triple refinery emissions

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This raises the possibility that a switch to these oils might impede or foreclose the total reduction in emissions from all sources that is needed to avoid severe climate disruption. Increasing crude processing intensity and energy intensity with worsening oil quality.

U-Mich researcher’s first-principles analysis challenges conventional carbon accounting for biofuels; implications for climate policy

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In a paper that could have a significant impact on climate policies for transportation fuels, Dr. John M. Such an approach can indicate policy directions consistent with fostering the conditions that comprehensive analyses imply are necessary for climate protection.

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Daimler receives top marks from Climate Disclosure Project

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Daimler AG has received top marks for disclosure of its climate protection measures aimed at combating climate change, receiving the maximum 100 points in the Carbon Disclosure Project’s (CDP’s) “Climate Disclosure Leadership Index” and an “A” rating in the “Climate Performance Leadership Index”.

Volkswagen Group selected as new Industry Group Leader in Dow Jones Sustainability Index

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The 2013 review analyzed the corporate economic, environmental, and social sustainability performance of 31 automotive companies, seven of them from Europe, with reference to criteria such as environmental and climate protection strategy, innovation management and corporate social responsibility. The report analyzes the initiatives of the world’s largest listed companies in addressing countermeasures against climate change.

German OEMs to upgrade emissions control on 5.3M Euro 5 and 6 diesels, contribute to €500M Sustainable Mobility fund

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Nitrogen oxide emissions (NO x ) in particular require comprehensive efforts to improve the health protection of citizens. In this sense, modern and clean diesel technology can also contribute to climate protection.

VW’s Winterkorn underscores VW’s CO2 targets with Greenpeace, with caveat about customers

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This is a decision in favor of climate protection and a key signal for committing to the protection of the environment and society and the series production of climate-friendly technical solutions. At the beginning of the Geneva Motor Show this year, the Volkswagen Group announced it was committed to reducing the CO 2 output of its European new car fleet to 95 grams per kilometer by 2020. Earlier post.) This commitment was underscored by Prof.

Member of Swiss National Councils fills up with sunfire solar diesel to call attention to need for regulatory reform

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Böhni emphasized that the production of climate-neutral fuel is key to climate protection and therefore needs to be given a fair chance; he established the Clean Fuel Now initiative at the Federal Parliament in Bern in late 2014.

DeCicco: Transportation GHG reduction policy should focus upstream on fuel supply rather than downstream on choice of fuels in vehicles

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More specifically, he suggests that other than supporting fundamental R&D, programs to promote alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) “ are not currently warranted for climate protection. Climate Change Electric (Battery) Emissions Fuel Efficiency Fuels Lifecycle analysis Policy

Promising results from Mercedes-Benz fleet test of Clariant high-octane cellulosic E20

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Hence cellulosic ethanol can make a significant contribution to climate protection, so making it for us a building block of sustainable mobility.

North American Countries Target “Super” Greenhouse Gases Through Strengthened Ozone Treaty

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The US, Canada, and Mexico have submitted a proposal to strengthen climate protection under the Montreal Protocol— the international treaty that phases out the production of a number of substances responsible for ozone depletion. Climate protection from the Montreal and Kyoto protocols. If accepted by the other Montreal Protocol Parties, the proposal would deliver climate mitigation equivalent to preventing more than 100 billion tonnes of CO 2 emissions.

ISO To Develop Standard for Sustainable Bioenergy

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We cannot do without the contribution to climate protection made by sustainable and ecologically produced biomass. ISO will develop an International Standard (ISO 13065) to address sustainability issues linked to bioenergy. The standard will be produced by a new ISO project committee, ISO/PC 248, Sustainability criteria for bioenergy.

Volkswagen’s first two production battery-electric vehicles debut at Frankfurt

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Using the e-manager, drivers can pre-program the charge start time and climate control pre-conditioning (switching on the parking heater in winter or parking air conditioning in summer for up to 30 minutes; if not plugged into a charger for up to 10 minutes).

Volkswagen Group to invest more than €9.8 billion in China by 2015; efficient products and production

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At Volkswagen, we are convinced that climate protection and efficient technologies are drivers for economic growth. The Volkswagen Group, through its two Chinese joint ventures, will be investing more than €9.8 billion (US$15 billion) in the country by 2015; investments in highly efficient products and resource-conserving production will account for more than two thirds of this figure. We will be launching the largest investment program in China’s automotive history.

Senators Sanders, Boxer propose legislation to institute GHG price on large stationary sources and remove support for fossil fuel industries

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The proposal was drafted as two measures, the Climate Protection Act —which sets the carbon price and finance programs for sustainable technologies—and the Sustainable Energy Act —which ends federal support for fossil fuel companies and research and extends tax incentives for renewables. Climate Change Coal Emissions Natural Gas Oil PolicyBernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.)

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NExBTL Pilot Test Shows Lower NOx and CO2 Emissions with Renewable Diesel

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At the same time, the requirements for companies are becoming more demanding regarding climate protection. Initial results from a joint pilot test of 14 series-produced Mercedes-Benz trucks and buses running NExBTL renewable diesel (hydrotreated vegetable oil, HVO) since mid-2008 show a reduction in NO x emissions of up to 15%, and in CO 2 emissions of more than 60% compared to fossil fuels. Plans call for the joint project to run for a three-year period ending in 2011.

BASF intensifying R & D of products for sustainable electromobility; triple-digit million euro investment in batteries over next 5 years

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Electromobility will only significantly contribute to environmental and climate protection when the electricity from the batteries has been generated high efficiently and with less CO 2. BASF says it will invest a “three-digit million euro” sum over the next five years in the research, development and production of advanced traction battery materials. Part of the investment is going to the construction of a new cathode materials plant in Elyria, Ohio.

Univ. of Michigan researcher recommends shifting the basis of fuel carbon regulation from lifecycle analysis to ABC accounting

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In a new paper published in the journal Climatic Change , Dr. John DeCicco of the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment posits that attempting to regulate fuels using a lifecycle analysis (LCA)-based approach—as is currently done by California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard and the US Renewable Fuel Standard—is inappropriate and ultimately unworkable as far as environmental effectiveness is concerned.

Survey: 4 ºC Temperature Rise Likely To Trigger At Least One Tipping Element

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A survey of 52 climate scientists, conducted by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research ( PIK ), on the likelihood of triggering any of five “tipping elements”—massive components of the climate system which could be flipped to a new equilibrium in a relatively short amount of time—has yielded results which included 43 responses that estimated upper and lower bounds of the probability of such events.

California Energy Commission Approves $800K in four regional grants to prepare for electric vehicles

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Government agencies that will make up the Plug-in Electric Vehicle Coordinating Council will include the Association of Bay Area Governments, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the San Francisco County Transportation Authority, the Transportation Authority of Marin, and the Sonoma County Transportation and Climate Protection Authority.

Environmentalists fight for green domain

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He said the group had already entered into contracts with its supporters which include the Sierra Club and the Alliance for Climate Protection with plans to give away 57 per cent of its profits from sales. Environmental groups are preparing to try to take control of a new net domain designed for green groups. According to the BBC , rival consortiums are preparing bids to control the.eco domain.

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Discussion Paper Suggests Mechanisms for Addressing Biofuel GHG Emissions Under Cap-and-Trade Schemes; Avoiding the Renewability Shortcut and Moving Toward Carbon Management for All Transportation Fuels

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While including all fuels under a carbon cap is necessary for an effective climate policy, DeCicco argues, it is not sufficient for addressing all fuels-related emissions. “ Address market-mediated impacts (indirect GHG emissions versus those in the direct supply chain) through a Land Protection Fund (LPF) for purchasing international forest carbon offsets commensurate with induced fuels-related GHG emissions not otherwise accounted for. “

Green Star to Demonstrate Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle

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There are more than twenty international environmental organizations supporting PHEV including World Wide Fund for Nature, National Wildlife Federation, Friends of the Earth, Alliance for Climate Protection, Set America Free Coalition and the Rainforest Action Network. Search Results for Google April 29, 2009 09:40 AM Eastern Daylight Time Green Star to Demonstrate Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle FRANKFORT, Ky.--( BUSINESS WIRE )--Green Star Products, Inc.

Perspective: Regional Greenhouse Gas Cap-and-Trade Programs May be the Solution

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Markey of Massachusetts, both Democrats, built their climate change bill last year in large measure around it. As Senators Graham, Kerry and Lieberman try to resuscitate the climate change bill by introducing a revised bill in mid-to-late April, twenty-three U.S. Western Climate Initiative (WCI). Support for this use of allowance value stems from the idea that the climate-regulating services of the atmosphere are a common property resource. Perspective by Brian J.

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