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.

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 advantage of natural gas over diesel fuel is particularly appealing for vehicles with a high intensity of travel and thus fuel use.

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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

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

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They will be operated by Alberta trucking companies Trimac Transportation and Bison Transport. The Alberta Zero-Emissions Truck Electrification Collaboration (AZETEC) project will help ensure the continuation of a timely, efficient and cost-effective supply chain of goods, transported by 64-ton B-train tractor-trailers carrying very large freight loads over long distances.

2019 92

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. EPIC is funded by electricity ratepayers of Pacific Gas and Electric Co., Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric Co. million in incentives for 30 natural gas vehicle reservations.

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

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.

2011 71

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. Power-to-fuel, interlinking the energy and transport sectors.

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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.

2014 91

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

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Light duty vehicles contribute much of the air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions in towns and cities across the UK. Low emission vehicles have a critical role to play in addressing these two challenges and in contributing to sustainable transport systems. The UK’s Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership has launched a Good Practice Guide for Local Measures to Encourage the Uptake of Low Emission Vehicles.

2015 79

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

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.

2012 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.

2010 80

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.

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. Large scale production of methanol from natural gas and coal is a well-developed. Methanol first surfaced as a potentially interesting transportation fuel in the wake of the oil crisis in 1973.

2011 87

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.

2010 78

The Long View from SAE 2009 World Congress

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Responsible for designing the transportation system for the Citadel of Masdar. Examples of advanced powertrains are turbo charged gas engines, diesel and hybrid. Longer Term Green House Gas emissions reductions. A mix of technology, a mix of urban planning, really setting the stage so people can make intelligent, resourceful decisions on when to use certain modes of transportation ,” said Cervero. by Bill Cooke.

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