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.

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.

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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, developed for Alberta’s unique operating environment, will be 64-tonne (gross vehicle weight) B-train tractor-trailers capable of traveling up to 430 miles (700 km) between refueling. They will be operated by Alberta trucking companies Trimac Transportation and Bison Transport. The three-year project also will investigate the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and airborne pollutants in Alberta’s freight transportation sector.

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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.

2020 83

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.

2014 84

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.

2016 82

Navigant forecasts modest global annual sales growth of e-bicycles, reaching 40.3M units in 2023

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Under Navigant Research’s aggressive scenario, in which e-bicycle become a stronger alternative to passenger vehicles in urban environments, global e-bicycle sales could reach as many as 44.4 In a new report , Navigant Research forecasts that global annual sales of e-bicycles will grow modestly from 31.7 million units in 2014 to 40.3 million units in 2023 under a base scenario—a CAGR of 2.7%. Navigant expects China, the market leader, to reach 28.8

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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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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.

2010 71

Oxford University Study Finds Downscaling of Vehicle Size and Weight the Best Way to Reduce Transport GHG Emissions in the Short Term

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An new study from the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at Oxford University suggests that best way to reduce transport greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the short term is a “drastic downscaling of both size and weight” of conventional gasoline and diesel cars. ” —Future of Mobility Roadmap The report “Future of Mobility Roadmap” assesses the potential for low carbon transport on land, by air and sea.

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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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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. The Governor’s office projects that the program will generate about $1 billion in the first year, and more thereafter, which will be used for transportation, education, tax relief for working families and other purposes. Cleaner transportation options for consumers.

2014 77

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.

2011 87

The Long View from SAE 2009 World Congress

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Responsible for designing the transportation system for the Citadel of Masdar. Dr. Robert Cervero, Professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of California Berkeley, shares Dr. Heywood’s view that it will take more than vehicle technology to develop sustainable transportation and believes urban planning needs to play a significant role. Curitiba’s transportation system “is not extensive but it is very viable,” said Cervero.

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