8 development banks commit to provide more than $175B to scale up support for sustainable transport

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The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and seven other multilateral development banks (MDBs) are committing to provide more than $175 billion of loans and grants for transport in developing countries over the next decade. Rapid motorization is creating more congestion, air pollution, traffic accidents and greenhouse gas emissions—especially in developing countries. Sustainable transport solutions are available.

Report Finds That Urgent Changes in Transport Financing Required to Enable More Sustainable Transportation Globally

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Changes in how transport is financed are essential if cities and nations are to deal effectively with the rapid growth in motor vehicle traffic and related environmental and health problems, including climate change, according to a new report by the Transport Research Laboratory released at Fifth Regional EST Forum in Asia by the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) and the Partnership for Sustainable Low Carbon Transport.

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EEA report suggests road charges for heavy-duty goods vehicles should reflect varied health effects of pollution in different countries

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Air pollution externalities of 12–14 ton HGV on highway (Euronorm III) in euro cents. A new report from the European Environment Agency (EEA) suggests that new road charges for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs or lorries) should reflect the varied health effects of traffic pollution in different European countries. The revenue from such schemes should be invested in sustainable transport, the Directive states. European economies rely on transporting goods long distances.

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LowCVP: 5 Ps for influencing uptake of low emission vehicles at local level

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The UK’s Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership has launched a Good Practice Guide for Local Measures to Encourage the Uptake of Low Emission Vehicles. A key recommendation is that policy measures implemented at the local level should be consistent with each other, that common definitions and vocabulary for low emission vehicles should be established. The Good Practice Guide for Local Measures to Encourage the Uptake of Low Emission Vehicles was prepared for the LowCVP by Urban Foresight.

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Researchers urge Chinese government to encourage bikes, buses and rail over cars and commercial vehicles due to emissions and health concerns

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Based on the results of their analysis of the potential air quality and health impacts of travel demand in China under business-as-usual and alternative transport scenarios, a team of researchers in China is urging policymakers to encourage the replacement of private cars for short trips with bicycles or public buses and the replacement of commercial vehicles with rail transport. In China in 2013, The transport sector consumed 348.19 Behavior China Emissions Health Policy

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New Joint Research Centre Reference Report sets out options for reducing emissions from shipping

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A new report by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) provides a comprehensive overview of methodologies for estimating air emissions from shipping; describes technological solutions; and analyses policy options for reducing carbon emissions and air pollution in this sector. Maritime transport causes about 4% of global man-made CO 2 emissions—making its carbon footprint approximately as high as Germany’s.

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Washington governor proposes slate of measures to curb GHG emissions & transition state to cleaner energy; cap-and-trade and EV incentives

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Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced a set of proposals to transition Washington to cleaner sources of energy and to meet greenhouse gas (GHG) emission limits adopted by the state Legislature in 2008. The proposed “Carbon Pollution Accountability Act” (CPAA) would create a new, market-based program that sets an annual limit CO 2 emissions; major emitters will need to purchase “allowances” for their emissions. Cleaner transportation options for consumers.

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EEA: large-scale roll-out of EVs will help EU shift to green transport, but may challenge power grid

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A large scale roll-out of electric cars on European roads would result in significantly lower greenhouse gas emissions and lower levels of certain air pollutants, according to a new European Environment Agency (EEA) assessment. Electric vehicles powered by renewable energy sources can play a bridging role in the EU’s plans to move towards a greener, more sustainable transport system, and in meeting its goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80‒95 % by 2050.

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Comprehensive LCA report from Ricardo on behalf of EC confirms environmental benefits of electrified powertrains

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Ricardo experts in sustainable transport, with colleagues from E4tech and the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research Heidelberg (ifeu), have produced a comprehensive lifecycle assessment (LCA) of road vehicles on behalf of the European Commission.

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Dana to provide e-propulsion system for Class 8 truck hydrogen fuel development project in Alberta, Canada

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The trucks are part of a three-year, $11.2-million (C$15-million) Alberta Zero-Emissions Truck Electrification Collaboration (AZETEC) project, which involves the design and manufacture of heavy-duty, extended-range, hydrogen fuel cell electric hybrid trucks. They will be operated by Alberta trucking companies Trimac Transportation and Bison Transport. Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) is committing more than C$7.3

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PIP Declares Victory

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That will require a transition to less expensive transportation fuels. Automobile pollutants are one of the largest contributors to climate changing emissions. They reduce emissions, reduce our dependence on foreign oil and reduce the upward pressures on gasoline costs.

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ADB Transport Forum: shift to greener transport in Asia key to global sustainability; investment of $2.5T needed by 2020

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Asia must scale up sustainable transport development or face a bleak future of congested roads, pollution, ill health and economic damage, which could have ripple effects around the world, the third ADB (Asian Development Bank) transport forum heard earlier this month in Manila. —Bindu Lohani, Vice President for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development at the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

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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. But to have an environmental advantage for reducing greenhouse gas emissions would take significant policy intervention.

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California Energy Commission approves plans to invest nearly $500M in electricity R&D and alternative fuels

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Another is an annual clean transportation investment plan that is designed to spark innovation in projects that will help transform California’s fleet to meet greenhouse gas and clean air goals. The approved 2014-2015 Investment Plan Update for the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector, which accounts for about 40% of California''s carbon emissions.

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Enterprise Rent-A-Car brings EVs to 11th SoCal location; introduces EV owners discount program

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Enterprise and the SBCCOG have a history of working together on sustainable transportation initiatives, including the SBCCOG’s Local Use Vehicle (LUV) project. In 2010, Enterprise helped the SBCCOG lease and prepare six EVs to launch the project, which the SBCCOG is using to study how the vehicles can reduce emissions, air pollution and gas consumption. —Lee Broughton, head of corporate sustainability for Enterprise Holdings.

2012 91

CNG-diesel bus prototype launches in Rio

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Brazil’s Secretary of State for Transport and Economic Development, Energy, Industry and Services, together with CEG, MAN Latin America and Robert Bosch Latin America and the governor of Rio de Janeiro, Sergio Cabral, introduced the Volksbus dual-fuel prototype (CNG and diesel). MAN states the technology reduces the emission of pollutants while maintaining the same engine power: one liter of diesel can be replaced by 0.9 NGV Global.

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UC Davis, ITDP study suggests global shift to public transport, NMT and away from cars could save $100T through 2050 and cut GHGs

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One of the more affordable ways to cut greenhouse gas emissions is to design cities to give people clean options for using public transportation, walking and cycling and to move away from car-centric development, according to a new report released by the University of California, Davis, and the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP). gigatons of carbon dioxide annually—a 40% reduction of urban passenger transport emissions—by 2050.

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ABI Research sees annual EV sales at 2.36M units worldwide in 2020; importance of autonomous EVs in Internet of Things

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Asia-Pacific will exhibit the strongest growth, driven by mounting pollution issues in its many megacities; however, true mass-market uptake will only start happening in the next decade. The study is part of the Intelligent Transportation Systems Research Service. According to ABI Research, the number of full electric vehicles (EVs) shipping yearly worldwide will increase from 150,000 in 2013 to 2.36 million in 2020, representing a CAGR of 48%.

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Jülich evaluation of power-to-fuels recommends DME, OME3-5 and n-alkanes as diesel substitutes

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An evaluation of the implementation possibilities of power-to-fuel (PTF) technologies by a team from Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH in Germany recommends the PTF products DME, OME 3-5 and n-alkanes as suitable diesel alternatives for the transportation sector. The last blend—a suitable n-alkane cut mixed with OME 3-5 —has the greatest potential for increasing engine efficiency and reducing pollutant emissions. Combustion characteristics, emissions.

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SFU researchers find promise for plug-in vehicles in Canada, but need for increased supply and policy support

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The Simon Fraser Sustainable Transportation Research Team, led by Professor Jonn Axsen and adjunct professor Suzanne Goldberg in the School of Resource and Environmental Management (REM), authored Electrifying Vehicles: Insights from the Canadian Plug-in Electric Vehicle Study and Preference and lifestyle heterogeneity among potential plug-in electric vehicle buyers. Motivations for PEV interest included driving flexibility (for PHEVs), fuel savings, and pollution reduction.

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Caterpillar Foundation awards $12.5M grant to World Resources Institute (WRI) for sustainable cities initiative; focus on key urban centers in China, India and Brazil

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million grant to the World Resources Institute (WRI) to advance the progress of environmentally sustainable and livable cities in China, India, and Brazil. WRI intends to develop low-carbon city models and pathways for environmentally sustainable urbanization (ESU), and to promote the diffusion of environmentally smart and livable cities. Cities are incubators of innovation and are rapidly becoming the focal point for sustainable development in many countries.

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EC Releases Communication on European Strategy for Clean and Energy-efficient Vehicles; Special Focus on EVs

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Currently, transport is responsible for about a quarter of EU CO 2 emissions and also contributes significantly to reduced air quality (particulate matter, NO x , HC and CO) and related health problems, in particular in urban areas. The strategy builds on the existing 2007 strategy to reduce CO 2 emissions from passenger cars and light-duty commercial vehicles, and complements ongoing and planned activities to decarbonize transport and to reduce their environmental impacts.

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Taking another look at methanol as an alternative transportation fuel for the US

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Cheng of the Sloan Automotive Laboratory assessing the prospects for methanol as an alternative transportation fuel in the US concludes that methanol is a safe and viable transportation fuel, although it not as good as ethanol in terms of energy density and ease of handling. Methanol first surfaced as a potentially interesting transportation fuel in the wake of the oil crisis in 1973. option towards transition to renewable methanol for sustainable transportation.

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The Long View from SAE 2009 World Congress

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Dr. Heywood recently co-authored a study called “On The Road in 2035—Reducing Petroleum Consumption and GHG Emissions.”. Responsible for designing the transportation system for the Citadel of Masdar. Longer Term Green House Gas emissions reductions. Everything I can think of, everything you can think of, everything anyone can think of, will be needed to get down to ” an 85% reduction in greenhouse gases emissions by 2050, said Heywood. by Bill Cooke.

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