Argonne researchers developing multifunctional farm landscapes balancing economy, bioenergy and environment

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In collaboration with the farming community of the Indian Creek Watershed in central Illinois, researchers from Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) are finding ways to meet three agrarian land management objectives simultaneously: maximizing a farmer’s production; growing feedstock for bioenergy; and protecting the environment. These sections of land are doubly taxing—unprofitable for the farmer and damaging to the environment.

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A Big Week for Energy and the Environment

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This is a big week for energy and environmental policy in the world’s fifth largest economy and the republic it is part of – … Continue Reading A Big Week for Energy and the EnvironmentIncentives matter! Let’s get them right.


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CSIRO’S Circular Economy Roadmap charts path to triple job creation

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The six elements of a circular economy, as described in the CSIRO report, include: Retain material through use and collection. The Australian Government’s ban on the export of waste last year creates an opportunity for a new circular economy strategy that turns landfill into economic returns.

Stellantis Hurricane twin-turbo I-6 cuts emissions, increases fuel economy and is more powerful

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while maintaining significant fuel economy during heavy use, such as towing. With a focus on fuel economy, the Hurricane SO uses cast aluminum pistons with cast iron top ring land insert, running with a 10.4:1

Groupe Renault creating first European factory dedicated to the circular economy of mobility in Flins

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Groupe Renault is creating the REFACTORY in Flins, the first European circular economy site dedicated to mobility. To ensure its competitiveness, this integrated circular economy ecosystem will rely on several assets at the Flins plant, which was originally built in 1952.

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BASF introduces blockchain pilot project to improve circular economy and traceability of recycled plastics

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According to a report produced by Deloitte for Environment and Climate Change Canada , Canada disposed of nearly 3.3 Of these plastics, less than 11% were recycled, meaning the rest were landfilled or lost to the environment.

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Rivian-built Lincoln electric SUV project canceled due to "current environment"

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Stay-at-home orders and an imploding economy A Lincoln electric SUV based on Rivian's "skateboard" chassis, and intended to be built at the startup's Illinois factory, has been cancelled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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Government of Québec launches $6.7B 2030 Green Economy Plan; emphasis on transportation electrification

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The Premier of Québec François Legault, and the Minister of the Environment and the Fight against Climate Change and Minister responsible for the Laval region, Benoit Charette, unveiled the 2030 Green Economy Plan (PEV 2030) and its first 2021-2026 implementation plan, with an envelope of $6.7

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GLBRC research review concludes cellulosic biofuels can benefit the environment if managed correctly

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But the returns are also high, and if we take key principles into account we can begin shaping the policies and practices that could help make cellulosic biofuels a triple win for the economy, the climate and for environmental sustainability in general.

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Latest EPA automotive trend report shows MY 2017 fleet fuel economy of 24.9 mpg; new record

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The latest edition of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) annual Automotive Trends Report finds that Model Year (MY) 2017 vehicle fuel economy was 24.9 Since MY 2004, fuel economy and CO 2 emissions have improved in eleven out of thirteen years. Estimated Real-World CO 2 and Fuel Economy. Progress on GHG emissions while providing choices for American consumers as sport utility vehicles reached record high market share, while also achieving record high fuel economy.

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U Toronto study measures GDI emissions in urban near-road environment

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A study of emissions from gasoline direct injection (GDI) vehicles in an urban near-road environment in Toronto over a wide range of weather conditions (February 2014 to January 2015) found that—other than for NO x and CO—the GDI engines had elevated emissions compared to the Toronto fleet. Hence, GDI PM mass loadings and chemical composition may vary depending on the measurement environment or exhaust conditioning.

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GFEI report concludes 50% improvement in average fuel economy of entire global light duty fleet by 2050 is achievable; importance of the regulatory and fiscal environments

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US NRC panel’s summary estimates of the potential reduction in petroleum consumption by 2035 for vehicle powertrain types assuming that the entire potential of these technologies is used to improve fuel economy rather than performance. However, the report also notes that in order to improve fuel economy, the technical potential must be utilized entirely for that purpose, and not to support increases in performance.

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UN Environment report says national GHG pledges only bring one-third of reductions needed for Paris Agreement

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The eighth edition of UN Environment’s Emissions Gap report, released ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, finds that national pledges only bring approximately one-third of the reduction in emissions required by 2030 to meet climate targets, with private sector and sub-national action not increasing at a rate that would help close this gap. Substantial emission reductions due to fuel economy standards for passenger cars are already included in the current policy scenario.

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Renault 2010 Environment Workshop, Part 2: Electric Vehicles

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Renault held a “2010 Environment Workshop” last week to showcase its progress across its range of vehicles’ full lifecycle through the Renault eco² program. Renault and Nissan also share purchasing requirements and have standardized components to generate economies of scale with a view to making it possible to develop mass-market electric vehicles.

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Environment Canada/MECA team assesses black carbon emissions in GDI engine exhaust; evaluation of prototype gasoline particulate filter

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Now, a team from Environment Canada and Manufacturers of Emission Controls Association (MECA) report on an evaluation of emissions from two pairs of GDI and PFI (gasoline port fuel injection) vehicles over two different drive cycles and at different ambient temperatures to understand how solid particle number and BC mass relationships vary under the influence of different factors. Black carbon has a negative impact on the environment and on human health.

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Subaru found cheating on fuel-economy and emissions tests

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Subaru buyers care about the environment. The fuel economy and emissions of their cars are a sensitive issue for these buyers, so the company could be particularly hard-hit following an They buy Subarus to get outdoors, and to spend time hiking, biking, skiing, and going to the beach. At least they dream of having time to do those things.

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Environment Canada study finds vehicle exhaust a significant source of isocyanic acid; suggests consideration of new emission standard

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Researchers at Environment Canada have found that vehicle exhaust is a significant source of isocyanic acid (HNCO), a toxic gaseous acid that is a product of various forms of combustion and a potential health concern. Based on other work on HNCO, the Environment Canada team noted that there are circumstances where HNCO concentrations could be large enough to have a detrimental effect on human health.

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Brazilian Ministry Of Environment And National Development Bank launch credit line for projects to reduce carbon emissions

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Brazil’s Minister of Environment Izabella Teixeira and Brazilian National Development Bank (BNDES) President Luciano Coutinho announced the launch of a new credit line to support projects focused on greenhouse gas reduction and climate change solutions. As mandated upon its establishment in 2009, 60% of the National Climate Change Fund comes from national oil exploration revenues that are deposited into a special account held by the Ministry of Environment.

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Hybrids perform best in urban environments

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The fuel economy advantage of running a hybrid car over a diesel vehicle is often ‘an illusion’ according to new assessment by Emissions Analytics. Analysing the fuel economy performance of over 30 hybrids in the UK and US, the firm compared their performance to efficient diesel models. Using dat[.]. Hybrid cars

Renault 2010 Environment Workshop, Part 1: Combustion Engine Technology and Product Plans

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Renault held a “2010 Environment Workshop” last week to showcase its progress across its range of vehicles’ full lifecycle through the Renault eco² program. It is equipped with a low inertia turbocharger and was engineered to provide standard-setting performance and fuel economy for its class.

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Can Electric Vehicles Speed Up As The Economy Slows Down?


Silent engines, positive impact on the environment, and decreased fuel costs are all reasons for this transition to EVs. In fact, just a few days ago Germany and France announced a €500 billion green recovery fund to accelerate the EU’s shift to a low-carbon economy.

The Environmental Protection Agency is not sufficiently protecting the environment

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The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is to protect human health and the environment. However, as the EPA is getting ready to relax the future vehicle fuel economy standards , the time is right to consider whether, under the current administration, this agency’s mission is, in fact, being carried out. And that brings me back to the impending relaxation of fuel economy standards. Opinion by Michael Sivak.

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ICCT update finds real-world vehicle fuel economy gap continues to widen in Europe to 40%

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The gap between official fuel-economy figures and the real world for new cars in the EU has reached 40 per cent, according to the latest update by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) to its on-going research into in-use vehicle fuel efficiency and CO 2 emissions. Manufacturers measure vehicle fuel consumption in a controlled laboratory environment, using a test procedure called the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC).

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Cummins progressing with lightweight downsized T2B2 diesel for pickup; 40% improvement in fuel economy over gasoline V8

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Cummins reports that it, along with partners Johnson Matthey and Nissan, is on plan in a 4-year, $30-million ($15 million from the US Department of Energy) research project to deliver a light-duty diesel engine with fuel economy 40% improved over that of baseline gasoline V8 engine for a half-ton pickup truck while also meeting the requirements of US Tier2 Bin2 tailpipe emissions.

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Biosynthetic motor oil receives highest industry performance certification; demonstrates improved fuel economy

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A key component of the ILSAC GF-5 designation is demonstrated fuel economy improvement. The fuel economy attributes of Biosynthetic Base Oil is further demonstrated by the results of a recent Mercedes Benz M111 Fuel Economy Test in which a Biosynthetic SAE 5W-30 motor oil formulation achieved a 3.05% fuel economy gain compared to the industry reference oil.

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BorgWarner launches new low-friction engine timing chain; 0.3-0.6% improvement in fuel economy

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improvement in fuel economy based on customer testing. As automakers began downsizing engines to improve fuel economy, BorgWarner recognized opportunities to help further improve engine efficiency by reducing power-wasting friction in the engine timing system. BorgWarner has developed a new, smaller-pitch engine timing chain that reduces friction while delivering lower noise and improved durability for these tough engine environments. BorgWarner’s next-generation 6.35

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Ford unveils new Focus; 10% better fuel economy; focus on tech; gasoline and diesel

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The all-new Focus lighting technologies including Adaptive Front Lighting System that adjusts the headlight beam angle and intensity to match the driving environment, and Glare-free high beam that removes the guilt of accidentally dazzling other drivers and helps users see more of the road ahead at night, are supported by advanced full-LED headlamps that use an innovative adjustable drum configuration for greater flexibility and softer, less distracting transitions.

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Sandia, TUD optical diagnostic helps reduce emissions while improving fuel economy

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A team of researchers at Sandia’s Combustion Research Facility and the Technical University of Denmark have developed an optical setup for quantitative, high-temporal resolution line-of-sight extinction imaging in harsh optical environments. Initially, the researchers have focused on the combustion of liquid fuel sprays found in engines, where the extreme pressures and temperatures create an environment that is optically challenging.

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What's Good For GM Is.Good For The Environment?

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Yesterday, the company announced it would be rolling out a hybrid technology system called eAssist in the Buick Regal 2012 that will boost fuel economy by 25 percent. We asked last year if the new GM would be a cleantech play. It’s looking more and more like that’s the case. The system uses regenerative braking, power stored in a

GM reveals new-generation ECOTEC 1.0T and 1.3T engines to be launched in China; up to 10% fuel economy improvement

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Fuel economy has been improved by up to 10% compared to the engines powering the popular Buick Excelle GT. To ensure the highest level of durability, 367 prototypes were put through nearly 6 million km of testing in different conditions, including high altitude, high temperature, extreme cold, high humidity and corrosive environments, and on varying road surfaces. General Motors revealed its new-generation ECOTEC 1.0T and 1.3T dual injection engines that are being launched in China.

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ICCT: gap between official and real-world fuel economy figures in Europe reaches ~38%; call to implement WLTP ASAP

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The gap between official and real-world fuel-economy figures in Europe has risen to about 38%, according to a new report published by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT). Manufacturers measure vehicle fuel consumption in a controlled laboratory environment, using a test procedure called the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC).

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NREL analysis of Proterra electric bus demo finds average fuel economy nearly 4x that of CNG baseline buses

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The baseline CNG buses had an average fuel economy of 4.04 These results indicated that the BEBs have an average fuel economy that is nearly 4 times higher than that of the CNG buses. NREL is also very interested in performing chassis dynamometer testing of the BEBs and the CNG buses and hopes to precisely quantify both energy and emissions savings in a controlled environment on a variety of drive cycles.

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Allison TC10 transmission for heavy-duty trucks showed average 5% fuel economy improvement in test fleets

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announced that test fleet users achieved an average 5% fuel economy improvement with the Allison TC10 tractor transmission over their current manual and automated manual transmissions. The TC10 10-speed transmission is targeted at Class 8 tractors used primarily in urban environments (“Metro”), which represent ~30% of the Class 8 tractor market between 1998 and 2012, Allison said in an earlier presentation to investors. Allison Transmission Holdings Inc.

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NREL report finds hydrogen fuel cell bus fuel economy up to 1.4x that of diesel, 1.9x CNG

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) Fuel Cell Technology Office (FCTO) has released the latest edition of an annual report showing that the average fuel economy of fuel cell electric buses from three fleets is 6.8 This demonstrates significant fuel economy improvement toward the DOE and Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) target of 8 miles per DGE. However, NREL also noted that the fuel economy for the FCEBs has shown a decrease over time.

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Researchers find HEV under real-world conditions delivers significantly greater fuel economy benefits than EPA “sticker” values

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In a new study reported in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology , a team at the University of Vermont found that when including real-world road grade and ambient conditions compared to controlled laboratory tests, fuel consumption benefits for a hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) under study increased by 18% highway and 33% city compared to estimates based on EPA adjusted fuel economy “sticker” values. Environ.

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Dodge equips 2014 Durango full-size SUV with 8-speed for 9% boost in fuel economy

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The three-row SUV is equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission that improves fuel economy up to 9% (for the V-6 model) as well as a range of other enhancements. EPA fuel economy estimates are not yet available. More than 40 individual shift maps for specific conditions optimize shift quality and shift points for fuel economy, performance and drivability. The 2014 Dodge Durango features a new Eco Mode that contributes to its improved fuel economy.

Navistar ships first vocational vehicles with 9- and 10-liter SCR engines; up to 8% fuel economy improvement

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The company’s internal testing shows these products are delivering up to 8% in fuel economy improvement over the previous generation. The company conducted field tests in extreme environments such as Alaska, Colorado and Arizona. Our field test customers are seeing positive results, with our new trucks registering significant fuel economy improvements. Navistar, Inc.

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Systematic review of EV battery pack costs suggests economies of scale may push cost toward US$200/kWh without further cell chemistry improvements

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Industry-wide cost estimates for battery packs for electric vehicles have declined by approximately 14% annually between 2007 and 2014, from above US$1,000 per kWh to around US$410/kWh, according to a systematic review of more than 80 different estimates by a team from the Stockholm Environment Institute. The results further suggest that it is possible that economies of scale will continue to push cost towards US$200/kWh in the near future even without further cell chemistry improvements.

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DOE and EPA release annual fuel economy guide with 2013 models

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) released the 2013 Fuel Economy Guide. All 2013 model year vehicles will display a new fuel economy and environment label to provide consumers with more comprehensive fuel efficiency information, including five-year fuel costs or savings compared to the average new vehicle, as well as new ratings for greenhouse gas and smog.

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Global Fuel Economy Initiative launches second 3-year campaign; ICCT joins partnership

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The Global Fuel Economy Initiative ( GFEI ) ( earlier post ) launched its second three-year effort to improve vehicle fuel economy around the world at the International Transport Forum in Leipzig. GFEI was launched in 2009 as a partnership of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the International Energy Agency (IEA), the International Transport Forum (ITF) and FIA Foundation. —“Global Fuel Economy Initiative Plan of Action 2012-2015.

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Ricardo joins OSMC in commitment to Modelica-based CAE; IGNITE for vehicle performance and fuel economy

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Ricardo’s forthcoming IGNITE product is a physics-based system simulation package—operating in Modelica—that focuses on complete vehicle performance and fuel economy. The power and flexibility of Modelica not only enables us to deliver rapid innovation to our clients, but empowers them to implement their own intellectual property in the IGNITE environment.

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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. The new report shows that while fuel economy is improving in OECD countries, progress is still below the rate needed to hit global targets by 2030.

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2015 Ford Transit offers fuel economy up to 46% better than old E-Series vans

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2015 Ford Transit offers up to 46% better fuel economy than the old E-Series. The all-new 2015 Ford Transit delivers as much as 46% better fuel economy than Ford E-Series. Testing included running at maximum engine power for 750 hours (the equivalent of 14 nonstop round trips from New York to Los Angeles) simulating 10 years’ service across 150,000 miles, and in environments with temperatures of -40 ?F

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