Study finds global oil demand likely to grow despite pandemic, climate policies

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The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly affected both consumer and commercial transportation, but global oil demand will probably continue to grow through 2030, according to a new study. In three of the four scenarios, global oil demand continued to grow through 2030.

Building materials recycler switches fleet to Neste renewable diesel

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Now, Argent has switched its fleet from petroleum diesel to Neste MY Renewable Diesel. Our environmental track record and continual efforts to help our customers build more sustainable communities played a major role in our decision to use renewable diesel in our fleet.

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France launches new climate plan; Euro 7 lead; targeting ending the sale of vehicles emitting GHGs by 2040

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Nicolas Hulot, France’s new minister responsible for environment and energy, presented the country’s new climate plan at a press conference at the Ministry. This measure will be part of a bonus-malus system to reduce the emissions of the French car fleet and to promote the acquisition of EVs. Climate Change Electric (Battery) Emissions Engines Europe Oil Policy

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Berkeley Law’s CLEE report provides policy options for phasing out oil and gas production in California

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California is the seventh-largest oil-producing state in the US. The state’s crude oil production in 2018 was approximately 162 million barrels—mainly from onshore wells—down from 174 million barrels in 2017 and a recent high of 205 million barrels in 2014. In addition, oil produced in the state contributes to California’s total transportation emissions. Emissions Manufacturing Market Background Natural Gas Oil Policy

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ICCT: IMO committee agrees to establish first climate framework for international shipping

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This strategy, which represents the first global climate framework for shipping, includes quantitative GHG reduction targets through 2050 and a list of candidate short-, mid-, and long-term policy measures to help achieve these targets. Meeting the strategy’s 2050 target will require near-term policies to significantly improve the fuel efficiency of the global fleet and to promote the development and deployment of low- and zero-carbon fuels and propulsion technologies.

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Lung Association report highlights health and climate costs of petroleum-based transportation and the benefits of shifting to ZEVs

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A new report produced by the American Lung Association concludes that over-reliance on petroleum-based fuels for transportation costs the 10 ZEV states in the US (California and nine other states that have adopted the California Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) program) an estimated $37 billion in health expenses and climate costs every year—with California costs alone hitting $15 billion. in hidden health and climate costs. Climate benefits include $5.5

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IEA World Energy Outlook view on the transport sector to 2035; passenger car fleet doubling to almost 1.7B units, driving oil demand up to 99 mb/d; reconfirming the end of cheap oil

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Change in primary oil demand by sector and region in the central New Policies Scenario, 2010-2035. Under the WEO 2011 central scenario, oil demand rises from 87 million barrels per day (mb/d) in 2010 to 99 mb/d in 2035, with all the net growth coming from the transport sector in emerging economies. The passenger vehicle fleet doubles to almost 1.7 Short-term pressures on oil markets are easing with the economic slowdown and the expected return of Libyan supply.

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President Biden’s climate plan, potential EV updates expected to be announced Thursday

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The plan will be set forward by monumental changes in the United States’ infrastructure, including transportation and energy, which have long been dominated by oil, coal, and other fossil fuels. Biden has also announced plans to electrify the government fleet , including the U.S.

ExxonMobil predicts peak in light-duty vehicle liquid fuels ~2030, but ongoing role for oil in the mix

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The Outlook predicts a rise in electric vehicles as well as efficiency improvements in conventional engines, both trends likely leading to a peak in liquid fuels use by the world’s light-duty vehicle fleet by 2030. However, oil will continue to play a leading role in the world’s energy mix, the report finds. Were this increase in demand realized with the current fleet mix and fuel efficiency, there would be a significant increase in energy demand for personal mobility.

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Neste: use of our renewable fuels reduced global climate emissions by 8.3 million tons in 2017

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Replacing fossil fuels with Neste’s renewable fuels reduced global climate emissions altogether by a 8.3 The figure also represents Neste’s positive climate contribution. In addition to significantly reducing global climate emissions, replacing conventional diesel with Neste MY Renewable Diesel can improve local air quality by reducing local exhaust emissions, such as those of nitrogen oxides, particulates, and carbon monoxide.

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NRC report: US Navy, Marines and Coast Guard need to begin now to prepare for effects of climate change in the Arctic

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In response to the measured and projected effects of climate change, US naval forces—i.e., In response to the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), the National Research Council appointed a committee operating under the auspices of the Naval Studies Board to study the national security implications of climate change for US naval forces. The committee found that even the most moderate current trends in climate, if continued, will present new national security challenges.

Obama sets goal of reducing US oil imports by 1/3 by 2025; domestic and Western Hemisphere production, natural gas, biofuels, electric vehicles, fleet purchases

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Warning that “ there are no quick fixes ” and that “ we will keep on being a victim to shifts in the oil market until we get serious about a long-term policy for secure, affordable energy ”, US President Barack Obama announced a goal of cutting US oil imports by one-third by 2025 from the 2008 level of 11 million barrels of oil per day. The Administration is pushing the oil industry to produce on leases already held.

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Yergin: overwhelming number of new car sales will be EVs in coming decades, but 2/3 of global fleet to remain gasoline-powered in 2050

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Electric vehicles will make up as many as 8 out of 10 new cars sold in 2050, but it will still be a long road before they dislodge gasoline as the predominant fuel in transportation, IHS Markit Vice Chairman Daniel Yergin writes in his new book, The New Map: Energy, Climate and the Clash of Nations. billion cars on the road in 2050 owing to the time it takes for the fleet to turn over.

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Study suggests current levels of methane leakage would result in numerous decades of more rapid climate change from a shift to natural gas vehicles

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However, natural gas vehicles could produce climate benefits on all time frames if the well-to-wheels CH 4 leakage were capped at a level 45–70% below current estimates, the authors suggest. Recent reports in the scientific literature and popular press have produced confusion about the climate implications of natural gas. On the one hand, a shift to natural gas is promoted as climate mitigation because it has lower carbon per unit energy than coal or oil.

Cal Energy Commission adopts report outlining how state transforming transportation system to meet climate goals

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The California Energy Commission adopted its 2014 Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR) Update, which outlines, among many things, how the state is working to transform the transportation system to zero- and near-zero technologies and fuels to meet its climate and clean air goals. of the total vehicle fleet in 2012, they consumed more than 20% of the fuel, were responsible for up to 23% of transportation-related GHG emissions, and 30% of total NO x emissions. Oil-by-rail.

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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. In coming months, the plan notes, the Department of Transportation will work with other agencies to further explore strategies for integrating alternative fuel vessels into the US flag fleet. Providing a toolkit for climate resilience.

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IHS Markit projects for first time that 2050 global refined product demand will be lower than 2019 levels

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Total refined products include all production from refineries such as gasoline, jet fuel, diesel, fuel oils, and includes biofuels—but excludes natural gas liquids (NGLs). Excluding biofuels, the demand peak for refined products derived from crude oil processing occurs earlier, in 2032, hastened by an intensification of fuel economy and substitution investments linked to enhanced government and corporate greenhouse gas targets. Forecasts Market Background Oil

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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. a Resilient Transportation program to spur investments that bolster resilience to climate impacts.

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Study: natural gas heavy-duty trucking fleet could benefit economy, but has mixed environmental effects

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Switching from diesel fuel to natural gas may hold advantages for the US heavy-duty trucking fleet, but more needs to be done to reach the full environmental benefits, according to a new white paper released by the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis, and Rice University. The cost-benefit for natural gas as a direct fuel is most compelling for heavy truck fleets whose vehicles travel 120,000 miles (193,000 km) a year or more.

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Study Finds That CO2 Standards for Vehicles Can Reduce Price of Oil

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Car fleet composition in the EU under the different scenarios. A new study by the French institute Enerdata, commissioned by the European Federation for Transport & Environment (T&E), suggests that the European CO 2 standards for new vehicles due to come into effect in 2012 will lead not only to a European savings on oil (mainly via lower oil import volumes) but also to slightly lower global oil prices.

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BNEF: Oil price plunge to have only moderate impact on low-carbon electricity development, but likely to slow EV growth

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The collapse in world oil prices in the second half of 2014 will have only a moderate impact on the fast-developing low-carbon transition in the world electricity system, according to research firm Bloomberg New Energy Finance. For example, if lower oil prices last, they are likely to slow the growth of the electric vehicle market, to some extent. The majority of this has gone into renewable electricity generating capacity, which does not compete directly with oil.

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ICCT study examines current & projected use of heavy fuel oil in Arctic shipping; growth in BC emissions points to need for policies

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A new study by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) estimates heavy fuel oil (HFO) use, HFO carriage, the use and carriage of other fuels, black carbon (BC) emissions, and emissions of other air and climate pollutants for the year 2015, with projections to 2020 and 2025. Top: Heavy fuel oil use (tonnes) in the Arctic, 2015, with minimum sea extents. However, with expanded Arctic shipping comes the increased risk of accidents, oil spills, and air pollution.

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Study finds no alternative to widespread switching of direct fuel uses to electricity to meet 2050 California GHG targets; putting detail in climate wedges

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This transformation, they write, which poses challenges and opportunities for economic growth and climate policy, demands technologies that are not yet commercialized and coordination of investment, technology development, and infrastructure deployment. Pacala and Socolow proposed a way to stabilize climate using existing greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation technologies, visualized as interchangeable, global-scale ‘wedges’ of equivalent emissions reductions.

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Separate MIT, IEA reports both outline major expansion in role of natural gas; caution on climate benefits

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The new report, part of the World Energy Outlook (WEO) 2011 series, examines the key factors that could result in a more prominent role for natural gas in the global energy mix, and the implications for other fuels, energy security and climate change. Speaking at the launch of the IEA report in London, IEA Executive Director Nobuo Tanaka said that “ An expansion of gas use alone is no panacea for climate change. Climate Change Emissions Natural Gas

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GFEI: vehicle fuel economy is below global targets, jeopardizing action on climate and energy; failure of policy

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Worldwide, the vehicle fleet is not making enough progress on fuel economy and is failing to reach global targets aimed at reducing CO 2 emissions, cutting oil consumption and improving energy efficiency according to a new report from the Global Fuel Economy Initiative (GFEI) ( earlier post ) released at the Paris COP21 Climate Summit.

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Senators Kerry and Lieberman Release Details of Energy and Climate Bill; Incentives for Electric Drive and Natural Gas Vehicles

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Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, released the details of their long-anticipated energy and climate change legislation on Wednesday, 12 May. Decreasing Dependence on Foreign Oil. Significant tax incentives encourage the conversion of trucks and heavy-duty fleets to natural gas vehicles. Tags: Climate Change Emissions Policy Senators John Kerry (D-Mass.), Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.),

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Fleet of 23 road tanker trucks to trial NExBTL renewable diesel in Finland

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Neste Oil’s NExBTL renewable diesel is to be trialed in day-to-day use in Finland by a fleet of road tanker trucks from the beginning of June onwards. The trial will last around a year and will involve 23 vehicles in Neste Oil livery operated by seven different companies. The vehicles will fill up with 100% NExBTL renewable diesel at the Neste Oil Truck station at the distribution terminal adjacent to the company’s Porvoo refinery.

Next 10 report finds California must increase GHG reductions to 4.9%/year through 2030 to meet target

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California’s progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions has temporarily reversed, with pollution upticks signaling an increasingly difficult path ahead in achieving the state’s 2030 and 2050 climate targets, according to the 12 th annual California Green Innovation Index —released by the nonpartisan nonprofit Next 10 and prepared by Beacon Economics. This is plausibly due to bus fleets becoming cleaner or electrified.

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Study Finds Availability of Low-CO2 Electricity and Hydrogen May Paradoxically Delay Large-Scale Transition to Electric and/or Hydrogen Vehicle Fleet

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Left, global light-duty fleet in the electric-favoring case; right, the hydrogen-favoring case. Increased availability of low CO 2 sources of electricity and hydrogen could counter-intuitively delay, rather than accelerate, a large-scale transition to an electric and/or hydrogen vehicle fleet, according to a new study by researchers from Ford Motor Company and Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden.

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Study Finds That Clean Cars and Climate Policy Can Create Jobs

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Developing clean energy technologies for light-duty vehicles will not will not only enhance national security by reducing dependence on oil, but will also create substantially more jobs than business-as-usual, according to a new report prepared for the Natural Resources Defense Council, United Auto Workers, and Center for American Progress by Alan Baum of The Planning Edge and Daniel Luria of the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center.

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Volkswagen launching E-Golf BEV test fleet in the US; partnering with Solazyme and Amyris on renewable diesel fuels

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By studying E-Golf use across multiple geographical regions, Volkswagen will monitor the effect of climate conditions, driving patterns, and energy performance; the data and insights gained during the scheme will be used in the final development of future EV technology applications. Volkswagen has set up a web portal dedicated to the fleet test to support the users 24/7 in case of specific questions and in order to allow users to share their feedback on the E-Golf.

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Perspective: Drive Star Conversion Program Could Cut US Oil Use in Half by 2020

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In a pre-response to that speech, having successfully advocated for plug-in hybrids like the forthcoming Chevy Volt, we propose that the President follow that speech up with a “realistic and conservative” roadmap to halve our oil use in 10 years. We outline a second speech by the President, starting with, “I am not willing to be the latest in a succession of Presidents telling you we’re going to end our addiction to oil. Oil is holding us all hostage, economically and physically.

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A.P. Moller - Maersk to launch methanol-fueled feeder in 2023; all future newbuilds to support carbon-neutral fuels

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All future Maersk owned newbuildings will have dual fuel technology installed, enabling either carbon-neutral operations or operation on standard very low sulfur fuel oil (VLSFO). Our ambition to have a carbon-neutral fleet by 2050 was a moonshot when we announced in 2018. —Henriette Hallberg Thygesen, CEO of Fleet & Strategic Brands, A.P. Climate Change Emissions Fuels Market Background Methanol Ports and Marine

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Volta Trucks reveals purpose-built full-electric large commercial vehicle for inner city freight distribution: Volta Zero

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The Volta Zero has been designed to optimize its load-carrying capacity, thus minimizing the number of vehicles on an operator’s fleet, and the consequent congestion on city streets. Electric (Battery) Fleets Heavy-duty

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California 2017 GHG inventory shows 1.2% total drop from 2016; transportation sector emissions up 1%

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It does not include emissions from petroleum refineries and oil production. Regulations, improved fuel efficiency of the state’s vehicle fleet, and higher market penetration of zero-emission vehicles drive down emissions over time; but population growth, lower fuel prices, more consumer and economic activity, and higher overall employment are factors that increase fuel use. Climate Change Emissions

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UPS announces renewable diesel agreements with Neste, REG and Solazyme; up to 46M gallons over next 3 years

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Bio-based feedstocks from fats, plant oils and waste residues are converted to renewable diesel using advanced refining technologies. REG, headquartered in Ames, Iowa, produces renewable hydrocarbon diesel fuel from waste vegetable oils and animal fats at its Geismar, Louisiana, bio-refinery as well as biodiesel at nine bio refining locations in the US. White House climate pledge. Bio-hydrocarbons Biorefinery Diesel Fleets Fuels

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Berkeley Lab analysis finds autonomous electric taxis could greatly reduce US LDV GHG emissions

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Their paper appears in the journal Nature Climate Change. Oil consumption would also be reduced by nearly 100%. Right-sizing is cost-effective for both the fleet owner and for passengers, and small one- and two-seat vehicles are being explored by researchers and companies. Right-sizing assumes a fleet of taxis managed by a single entity. Autonomous driving Electric (Battery) Emissions Fleets

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Deloitte and Douglas-Westwood Study Forecasts Decomissioning Costs of UK North Sea Oil and Gas Platforms Could Exceed $30B

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New research released by Deloitte and Douglas-Westwood finds that the total cost of decommissioning the more than 260 offshore oil and gas platforms—including the associated wells, manifolds, pipelines and umbilicals—on the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) could be in excess of $30 billion over the next 30 years. The projected workload is expected to exceed the capacities of the existing heavy lift vessel fleet and onshore deconstruction facilities.

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Volkswagen Group continues switch to low-emission logistics with order for four more LNG ships

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Models of the new LNG ships for the Volkswagen Group’s ocean-going fleet. Volkswagen was one of the first car manufacturers to subscribe to the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement that aim to limit global warming to significantly less than two degrees by 2050.

ICCT study finds GHGs from shipping on the rise

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Container ships (23%), bulk carriers (19%) and oil tankers (13%) accounted for more than half of CO 2 emissions. These flags account for 66% of the global shipping fleet’s deadweight tonnage. While average speeds remained largely flat between 2013 and 2015 for most ships, the largest oil tankers (>200,000 dwt) and container ships (>14,500 TEU) increased their cruising speed over ground (SOG) nearly 4% and more than 11%, respectively.

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Study: even with high LDV electrification, low-carbon biofuels will be necessary to meet 80% GHG reduction target; “daunting” policy implications

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A study by researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Michigan State University colleague has concluded that even with a relatively high rate of electrification of the US light-duty fleet (40% of vehicle miles traveled and 26% by fuel), an 80% reduction in greenhouse gases by 2050 relative to 1990 can only be achieved with significant quantities of low-carbon liquid fuel. while the climate-targeted scenarios assume that electricity supply is decarbonized by 80%.

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Aramco opens R&D center in Detroit area; fuels research with focus on novel fuels/engines systems for reduced CO2

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A planned outcome of Aramco’s research is to generate vehicle and fleet demonstrations to showcase the benefits of novel fuel/engine systems. Fuels technology is a critical area of research for Saudi Aramco where we are leveraging on our leading position in integrated oil and gas production and refining to invest in innovative solutions that will significantly improve efficiency and lower emissions from the (production) well-head to the (car) wheel.

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RaboResearch: EU biofuel demand to halve by 2050

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This, along with regulations banning the sale of internal combustion engine cars by 2035, will slowly replace the vehicle fleet and negatively impact the demand for fossil fuel and biofuel as early as 2025, with a bigger impact after 2030, the report says.

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