Ford Sustainability Report details pilot program in South Africa to deliver health care, education

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A new Ford Motor Company pilot program aims to enhance mobility health services in rural areas of South Africa and Nigeria. Early this month, Ford and Techstars Mobility, driven by Detroit introduced its 2016 class of startup businesses that will develop future mobility solutions.

ExxonMobil to explore offshore South Africa; deal for 75% interest in Tugela South

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Exxon Mobil Corporation’s affiliate, ExxonMobil Exploration and Production South Africa Limited, will soon begin exploration activities offshore South Africa. The Impact Oil and ExxonMobil areas offshore South Africa.

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Datsun to launch in South Africa by end of 2014; also India, Indonesia and Russia

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brand designing vehicles for high-growth markets, will return to South Africa. The first model to be introduced in South Africa will be a new passenger vehicle that will be launched by the end of 2014. Datsun will launch in South Africa with one passenger vehicle model; Nissan anticipates that a broader range of Datsun vehicles will be available in the future. Datsun, a Nissan Motor Co.

Hydrogen South Africa (HySA) Systems, The National Aerospace Centre, and Airbus to research use of fuel cells for commercial airliners

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Airbus and South Africa’s National Aerospace Centre will jointly fund research by Hydrogen South Africa (HySA) into the application of fuel cells on airliners. With this in mind, Airbus has identified hydrogen fuel cells as a future, emissions-free substitute to the small gas turbine engine Auxiliary Power Units (APUs) used for generating on-board electrical power and heat while the aircraft is on the ground.

Celanese sees new TCX ethanol process as key component in future growth; a paradigm shift in ethanol production

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TCX is the company’s new proprietary technology for ethanol production that builds on its acetyl platform and integrates new technologies to produce ethanol using basic hydrocarbon feedstocks—natural gas, coal and pet coke now, with biomass and waste planned for the future.

The Future of Electric Cars Could Lie in.Afghanistan?

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Today's sources of lithium are far and few: Bolivia has something like 40 percent of the world's deposits, while Russia, South Africa, Chile and Argentina have some. Electric cars like the 2011 Nissan Leaf require lots of lithium and other precious heavy metals to make them go. This weekend, the New York Times reported that the war-ravaged country

Study recommends $10B/year US federal investment in energy RD&D and a substantial price on carbon emissions; leveraging the national labs and encouraging the private sector for a clean energy future

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The US national laboratories play a critical role in energy technology innovation and are likely to continue to do so in the future. Collectively, the investments in energy RD&D by governments and state-owned enterprises in the emerging economies of Brazil, Russia, India, Mexico, China, and South Africa (the BRIMCS countries) are now as large or larger than those of the developed countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

Opinion: Everyone Is Guessing When It Comes To Oil Prices

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Globally, the picture isn’t any better—Citigroup says Europe is at 90 percent, while South Korea, South Africa, and Japan may all be nearing 80 percent. The growing shortage of places to put oil has led to the creation of an oil-storage futures contract by CME Group.

Synovate Global Study Explores Future Car Buyers Sentiments

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Anger, frustration, greed, lack of trust are a few of the many sentiments expressed by consumers and future car buyers globally, according to a recent “Tipping Point” study by Synovate Motoresearch, the automotive division of global market research company Synovate. The study revealed that future car buyers in the US, Germany, UK, Spain, Russia, France and South Africa have a strong desire for change, wanting to adopt more balance in life.

Mercedes-Benz Vans shows pickup truck concepts; market launch in late 2017; diesel V6

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The key markets will be Argentina, Brazil, South Africa, Australia with New Zealand, and Europe. Our future X-Class will be a pickup that knows no compromise. The key markets are Brazil, Argentina, Australia, and South Africa.

Global Gas Prices | Hybrid Sales

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In July of 2008, oil futures hit their record high of more than $145 per barrel and several areas of the country neared $5/gal. South Korea. South Africa.

ExxonMobil: global GDP up ~140% by 2040, but energy demand ~35% due to efficiency; LDV energy demand to rise only slightly despite doubling parc

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This geographically diverse group comprises Brazil and Mexico in the Americas; South Africa and Nigeria in Africa; Egypt and Turkey in North Africa/Mediterranean; Saudi Arabia and Iran in the Middle East; as well as Thailand and Indonesia in Asia.

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Anglo American Platinum invests in Hydrogenious Technologies; liquid organic hydrogen carrier technology for H2 storage

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South Africa-based Anglo American Platinum , the world’s leading primary producer of platinum group metals (PGMs), has invested in the first close of the Series A financing round of Hydrogenious Technologies, a company developing liquid organic hydrogen carrier (LOHC) hydrogen storage technology. Daniel Teichmann, Wolfgang Arlt, Peter Wasserscheid and Raymond Freymann (2011) “A future energy supply based on Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carriers (LOHC),” Energy Environ.

Nielsen global survey finds concerns about climate change slipping behind concerns over other environmental issues; air and water pollution top worries, pesticide use #3

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Today, less than half of Americans (48%) say they are concerned about climate change, which contrasts sharply with reported concern across the regions of the world: Latin America (90%), Middle East/Africa (80%), Asia Pacific (72%), and Europe (68%).

SMART: working for a systems-based approach to sustainable mobility; Alcoa Foundation support for practical solutions in Beijing and Detroit

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One of the key messages of the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Transportation Energy Futures (TEF) project ( earlier post ) is that deep cuts in transportation petroleum consumption and emissions are dependent on combined reductions across three factors: vehicle fuel consumption (modes); fuel carbon intensity (fuels); and vehicle use (service demand). —“Connecting (And Transforming) The Future Of Transportation”.

Group of 285 global investors with more than $20T in assets under management calls for urgent action on investment-grade climate change and energy policies; guidelines for governments

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Contained within the report are case studies on the climate policies of six major emitters and further examples of investment-grade policy, which may prove instructive for national governments and negotiators considering future policy initiatives. If policy instruments have a short time horizon or there is the likelihood that future governments will significantly change the policy framework, investors will tend to invest elsewhere.

New solid hydrogen-on-demand fuel cell from HES Energy Systems flies UAV for record 6 hours

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A consortium of Singaporean institutions and private sector companies including HES Energy Systems , ST Aerospace, DSO National Laboratories, and the Future Systems and Technology Directorate of Singapore’s Ministry of Defense, have worked jointly to achieve a record 6-hour endurance, 300km flight on the Skyblade 360 UAV built in Singapore by ST Aerospace.

Optimal Energy to Introduce Pilot Fleets of Joule EV by 2010, Mass Production by 2012

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The vehicle was designed by Keith Helfet, South African-born former Jaguar designer. This is expected to decrease substantially in the future. Tags: Africa Electric (Battery Optimal Energy’s Joule. Click to enlarge.

UN report projects that increasing use of HFCs likely to have a significant climate impact by 2050; equivalent to current total annual emissions from transport

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However, the future radiative forcing by HFCs in 2050 would be relatively small, at the same level as it is today ( 2 ), if the current mix of HFCs were replaced with low-GWP substances with lifetimes of a few months or less. The report is the first of three being launched this week by UNEP in the run-up to the UN climate convention meeting in Durban, South Africa.

AC Transit Board greenlights a $108M, 9.5-mile infrastructure project for first Bus Rapid Transit line; diesel-hybrid buses

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The first project, which has been completed, was a prep work project to relocate sewer and water lines typically adjacent to future station locations. That initial BRT was such a success, its model has been replicated in a number of nations including Nigeria, South Africa, China, India, Finland, Israel and now 35 US cities with more being planned. The Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District’s (AC Transit) Board of Directors voted to award a construction contract to O.C.

The voestalpine Group producing ultra-high strength automotive components in US

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Since 2012, voestalpine has invested more than €100 million (US$140 million) in new plants in China, Germany, Romania, South Africa, and the US. We are following the automotive manufacturers, particularly the European ones, into the markets of the future and massively expanding our presence there.

Global billionaires unite in “Breakthrough energy coalition” to support development of zero-carbon energy

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Success will provide the economic proof points necessary for the mainstream market-driven clean energy economy required for our planetary future. The coalition partners intend to form a network of private capital committed to building a structure that will allow informed decisions to help accelerate the change to the advanced energy future. Patrice Motsepe, Founder and Executive Chairman, African Rainbow Minerals (ARM), South Africa.

Ford launches innovate mobility challenge series

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The worldwide challenges kicked off in Lisbon, Portugal; Los Angeles, United States; and Mumbai, India; before moving on to Delhi and the Chennai region in India; Shanghai, China; Johannesburg, South Africa; and a countrywide challenge in Argentina. Johannesburg, South Africa: The Johannesburg challenge focuses innovation on adding value to the vehicle through the creation of accessories for vehicles, especially commercial vehicles, in the largest city in South Africa.

Pancontinental says first oil discovered offshore Kenya

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Furthermore, it is the only offshore oil column ever reported seaward of the eastern coastal margin of the African continent, from South Africa to the north- west tip of Somalia. Pancontinental advises that it has increased its interest in licence L10B, immediately to the south of L10A.

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Ford investing $72M to increase production capacity at Chennai Engine Plant

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Diesel engines have also been exported to South Africa since 2008 and Ford plans to export India-built petrol and diesel powertrains to more markets in the near future. Ford Motor Company will invest US$72 million to expand its powertrain facility in Chennai to further support its sales and export growth plans in India.

US, China, and G-20 agree to work to global phase down of HFCs

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This was agreed by: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey,the United Kingdom, the United States, and the European Union, as well as Ethiopia, Spain, Senegal, Brunei, Kazakhstan, and Singapore. The US reached separate agreements with the G-20 and with China to address the rapid growth in the use and release of climate-damaging hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

Cooperation of Daimler and Renault-Nissan Alliance accelerates, strengthens in 2015

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We look forward to its continued growth, with more joint projects in the future. The new pickup will share some of its architecture with the all-new Nissan NP300, but will be engineered and designed by Daimler to meet the specific needs of its customers in Europe, Australia, South Africa and Latin America.

Land Rover unveiling 7 battery-electric Defender research vehicles at Geneva show

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It gives us a chance to evolve and test some of the technologies that may one day be introduced into future Land Rover models. In 2011, Axeon and Jaguar Land Rover South Africa produced an all-electric version of the Defender model for use in game parks.

NSF Awards Rutgers $7.6M for Sustainable Energy Development, Graduate Education

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Rutgers will focus on replacing environmentally harmful fossil fuels with renewable, economically sustainable fuels in collaboration with universities in the US, Brazil, China and South Africa. Extending ties established by the Rutgers Energy Institute, the project also will involve Peking University and Academia Sinica Guangxi in China; the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil; and, in South Africa, the University of the Witwatersrand.

Shell, Gordon Murray and Osamu Goto to develop new ultra-compact ICE city car

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Shell and Professor Gordon Murray go back way further; Shell sponsored the first car and engine Professor Gordon Murray ever built, in South Africa, when he was just 19.

Elements of the Cancun Agreements

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The UN Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico, ended on Saturday with the adoption of a package of decisions that set all governments more firmly on the path towards a low-emissions future and support enhanced action on climate change in the developing world, according to the UN Environment Programme. The next Conference of the Parties is scheduled to take place in South Africa, from 28 November to 9 December 2011.

Global Automotive Survey Finds Nearly Six in Ten People Prefer Green Cars, Even If Money No Object

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The 22% who want both are the way of the future. The single biggest result for dream car came from South Africa where over half of all respondents (53%) would go for their fantasy vehicle over a green one. South Africa (18%) as well as the US, Malaysia and Thailand (all 15%) were tops among the households globally in which more than two cars can be found.

Sasol, GE develop new anaerobic microbial technology for cleaning of Fischer-Tropsch waste water; boosting gas-to-liquids (GTL) value proposition

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The new Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactor Technology (AnMBR) will be further developed at a new demonstration plant at Sasol’s R&D Campus at its Sasol One Site in Sasolburg, South Africa. We will now continue to explore and develop this technology further with the potential for commercial application to our future GTL facilities.

Tenneco developing new gasoline particulate filter (GPF) technology ahead of Euro 6c emissions regulation

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Tenneco produces more than 2 million DPFs annually at its clean air manufacturing facilities in Edenkoben, Zwickau and Saarlouis, Germany; Rybnik, Poland; Hodkovice, the Czech Republic; Tredegar, the UK and Port Elizabeth, South Africa. With our design, engineering, systems integration and advanced manufacturing capabilities, we provide customers flexible solutions for any powertrain to meet future emissions regulations without compromising vehicle performance or durability.

Mercedes-Benz realigning global production organization for passenger cars; organizing by product architecture

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At the Sindelfingen plant, more than €1 billion is being invested primarily for future products. Michael Göbel is now in charge of global compact car production (A-, B-Class, CLA, GLA and in the future CLA Shooting brake), having previously overseen roadster production in Bremen. Mercedes-Benz is realigning its global passenger cars manufacturing activities and is strengthening its German passenger cars locations with investments worth billions of euros. “

Axion International signs LOI to form global JV with Sicut Holding to target $8B railroad tie market with recycled structural composites

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Axion is the licensee of patents owned by Rutgers University to commercialize and sell products related to its structural composite technology primarily in North America, South America, Australia, the Caribbean, South Korea, Russia and a portion of the Chinese market based on a “contracts-won” basis. Sicut continually strives to develop new technologies and patents with Rutgers University, to meet client requirements for future needs.

Renault-Nissan Alliance posts record €2.9B in synergies in 2013 ahead of launch of first common module family vehicles; targeting €4.3B in 2016

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CMF will continue to be a major driver of our synergies in the future with 70% of our vehicles expected to fall within the CMF scope by 2020. Last year, Renault began sales of the Duster sports utility vehicle in the UK and South Africa. The Common Module Family represents a new approach to engineering for the Renault/Nissan Alliance. Click to enlarge. The Renault-Nissan Alliance posted record synergies of €2.87 billion (US$3.9B) in 2013, up from €2.69 billion (US$3.7

Ford opening 66 more new dealerships in China by end of year; Asia-Pacific growth plans

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Sixty-six is an auspicious number in China, and we think it bodes well for our future success. Ford expects 70% of its growth in the next ten years to come from its Asia Pacific and Africa region. Ford’s Asia Pacific and Africa region encompasses markets on three continents, including Australia, China, India, Thailand and South Africa. Ford is opening 66 new dealerships in China by the end of the year.

WHO report urges greater attention to improved land use, rapid transit, cycling and walking to achieve health co-benefits from transport GHG emissions mitigation

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Urban density is one of the most important determinants of car use and transport-related energy consumption in cities. Source: WHO report. Click to enlarge.

Tata Takes On Air

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Nègre has signed deals to bring its design to 12 more countries, including Germany, Israel and South Africa. A recent survey question asked by Toyota was: “In the future, what direction would you like to see hybrids go?"