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. In the past 16 months, the company has conducted more than 30 global mobility experiments to gain insight into changing consumer transportation preferences.

LanzaTech collaborating with Swayana to convert waste gases from ferroalloy production to ethanol

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South African engineering company Swayana has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with LanzaTech to collaborate on developing projects for the production of ethanol and higher value products from waste gases in the ferroalloy and titania smelting sectors. South Africa has the potential to produce more than 400,000 tonnes of ethanol per year from existing ferroalloy and titania producers.

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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. This follows a global decision in 2010 to re-introduce the Datsun brand as part of the company’s Nissan Power 88 mid-term plan to achieve 8% of the global market share and 8% operating profit by fiscal year 2016. 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 demand for air transport doubling every 15 years, the global airline industry will require nearly 30,000 new aircraft (over 100 seats) by 2032.

Toyota to start vehicle exports from India; Etios to South Africa in 2012; the priority of emerging markets

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TKM), will begin exporting the Etios series sedan and hatchback to South Africa in March 2012. The models for export will be based on the Etios platform currently sold in India, but will be developed and produced to fit the lifestyles, consumer preferences, climate, road conditions and usage considerations in South Africa. Toyota Motor Corporation’s (TMC) production and sales subsidiary in India, Toyota Kirloskar Motor Private, Ltd.

Global Gas Prices | Hybrid Sales

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Some expect both to remain steady due to global economic conditions while others point to the return of $3/gallon gas (in the states) fueled mainly by an increase in foreign demand. South Korea. South Africa.

Ford cuts global water use 8.5% per vehicle from 2011 to 2012; total usage down 62% since 2000

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between 2011 and 2012—putting the company more than halfway toward its current goal of using an average of 4 cubic meters per vehicle globally by 2015. Ford voluntarily launched its Global Water Management Initiative in 2000, putting in place ways to manage water conservation, quality and reuse of storm and process water. Silverton Assembly Plant (South Africa): Began using a $2.5

Boeing, South African Airways and Mango celebrate Africa’s 1st commercial flights with sustainable aviation biofuel from tobacco

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Boeing, South African Airways (SAA) and low-cost carrier Mango celebrated Africa’s first passenger flights with sustainable aviation biofuel. The flights coincided with Boeing’s 100 th anniversary and centennial celebrations worldwide.

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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As the world population increases by the estimated 30% from 2010 to 2040, ExxonMobil sees global GDP rising by about 140%, but energy demand by only about 35% due to greater efficiency. The Outlook for Energy provides ExxonMobil’s long-term view of global energy demand and supply.

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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Other environmental concerns have pushed ahead of climate change on a global average basis. Three out of four global consumers rated air pollution (77%) and water pollution (75%) as top concerns, both increasing six percentage points compared to 2009.

Study shows gasoline pre-blending in ethanol production could cut energy requirements of separation by 17-40%

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Researchers at the University of Witwatersrand and the University of South Africa are proposing replacing the final purification steps of conventional bio-ethanol production with a simple gasoline-blending step. Globally, over 20 billion gallons of bioethanol are produced per year.

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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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Current levels of investments in low-carbon technology and infrastructure are substantially lower than the $500 billion per year deemed necessary by the International Energy Agency (IEA) to hold the increase of global average temperatures below 2 °Celsius—the target agreed to in Cancun last year. Climate change presents major long-term risks to the global economy and to the assets in which we invest. —2011 Global Investor Statement on Climate Change.

PwC analysis finds meeting 2 C warming target would require “unprecedented and sustained” reductions over four decades

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PwC analysis finds a need for global carbon intensity to drop an average of 5.1% Since 2000, the global rate of decarbonization has averaged 0.8%; from 2010 to 2011, global carbon intensity fell by just 0.7%.

GE to expand sodium-halide battery plant with $70M investment

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GE Energy Storage was born in New York’s Capital Region from an idea that we turned into an advanced manufacturing plant and a global business that we expect will generate more than $1 billion in revenue annually in just a few years. GE will invest an additional $70 million to expand its sodium-halide battery manufacturing plant in New York, which is part of the company’s new Energy Storage business.

Direct methanol fuel cell company Oorja closes Series E funding

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The global fuel cell industry surpassed $1 billion in revenue in 2012, growing from $847.5 It will also jumpstart Oorja’s expansion into the telecommunications industry for network towers and growth of the company’s global distribution network. Oorja, developer of methanol fuel cells in the power range from 1 kW to 20 kW, announced the close of a Series E investment round. Earlier post.)

Ford to offer new 5-cylinder 3.2L diesel in Transit van in North America next year

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The new diesel engine, Ford’s second in North America, has already been applied in the global Ford Ranger truck sold in world markets (3.2 The Power Stroke 3.2-liter is manufactured in Ford’s Struandale Engine Plant in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Volkswagen Group and Tata Motors Ltd. to explore strategic alliance for joint development projects; ŠKODA to lead

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Through subsidiaries and associate companies, Tata Motors has operations in the UK, South Korea, Thailand, South Africa and Indonesia. Tata cars, buses and trucks are being marketed in several countries in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, South East Asia, South America, Australia, CIS and Russia. Global ŠKODA sales reached 1.3

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

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As the UN climate conference COP21 opened in Paris, Bill Gates announced the formation of the “ Breakthrough energy coalition ”, an investment grouping of global billionaires focused on developing the technologies that will create a new zero-carbon energy mix. Patrice Motsepe, Founder and Executive Chairman, African Rainbow Minerals (ARM), South Africa.

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. by Nick Cunningham of Oilprice.com.

Aviation Summit calls for global framework on emissions reductions

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reach an agreement at ICAO for a global framework to reduce emissions from aircraft operations using technology development, efficient operations and infrastructure, and the use of international market-based measures to address any remaining emissions gap.

Chevrolet sets first-half global sales record with 2.35M units; 14% growth

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million vehicles globally in the first six months of 2011, the best half-year performance in Chevrolet’s 100-year history. They will soon be joined globally by the all-new Chevrolet Malibu midsize car, and the all-new Colorado compact pickup, which will go on sale later this year.

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).

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

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Mercedes-Benz is realigning its global passenger cars manufacturing activities and is strengthening its German passenger cars locations with investments worth billions of euros. “ The new manufacturing organization Mercedes-Benz Operations (MO) is based on global production networks and centralized responsibility for logistics and quality. Peter Schabert, who has been responsible for global powertrain production since 2010, will continue in this position unchanged.

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.

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GM global sales up 7.6% in 2011 to 9.026M vehicles; China and US largest markets

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global sales rose to more than 9 million vehicles in 2011, a 7.6% of the global vehicle industry. Sales were up in all four reporting regions—North America, South America, Europe and International Operations—as GM sold a total of 9,025,942 vehicles compared with 8,385,484 in 2010. General Motors Global Sales Summary. South America. Total Global. million vehicles around the world in 2011, setting a global sales record. General Motors Co.

Mercedes-Benz running automated test drive in Shanghai; infrastructure peculiarities

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million kilometers in Europe, the US, China, Australia and South Africa, and more than 1.2 The Mercedes-Benz Research & Development Center in Beijing has therefore been an integral and crucial component of the global R&D network of Daimler AG for more than a decade. The second leg in the Shanghai megalopolis will be followed by test drives in Australia in November and South Africa in December.

Energy ministers agree to help speed up global deployment of carbon capture and storage

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Energy Ministers from around the world have agreed to proposals to help speed up the global deployment of carbon capture and storage. The following governments agreed to continue or initiate action in support of one or more of these recommendations by the next Clean Energy Ministerial: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Republic of Korea, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates, the United States and the United Kingdom.

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

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The introduction of the one-ton pickup with seating for up to 5 people will make Mercedes-Benz the first premium manufacturer to account for the changing customer requirements in the global segment of mid-size pickups. The key markets are Brazil, Argentina, Australia, and South Africa.

Ford to expand aggressively in Middle East & Africa; at least 25 new vehicles by 2016

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Ford Motor Company announced an aggressive product acceleration in its newest business unit, Middle East & Africa, leveraging the company’s One Ford global portfolio and targeting opportunities for growth in small, mid-size and large vehicle segments. During a special “Go Further” event in Johannesburg attended by 1,000 employees, Ford dealers, suppliers, government officials, and media, Ford pledged to launch at least 25 new vehicles by 2016 to Middle East & Africa.

Fast action on black carbon, ozone and methane could help limit global temperature rise to 2 degrees C

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Global benefits from full implementation of the identified measures in 2030 compared to the reference scenario. Big cuts in ground level ozone could also contribute to reduced crop damage equal to between one to four percent of the annual global maize, rice, soybean and wheat production.

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

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The 30% of people globally who would still choose their dream car, green-be-damned, comprised of 35% men and 27% women. 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.

Study reports non-US global shale gas recoverable resources of 5,760 Tcf; global shale gas boosts total recoverable natural gas resources by 40%

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These include France, Poland, Turkey, Ukraine, South Africa, Morocco, and Chile. Map of 48 major shale gas basins in 32 countries. Source: EIA. Click to enlarge. Initial assessments of 48 shale gas basins containing almost 70 shale gas formations in 32 countries suggest that shale gas resources, which have recently provided a major boost to US natural gas production, are also available in other world regions. A new EIA-sponsored study by Advanced Resources International, Inc.

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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Ltd) to establish a global joint venture to capitalize on the world-wide railroad tie market through the manufacture and sale of Recycled Structural Composite (RSC) ties/sleepers utilizing their respective geographic licenses from Rutgers University. Simultaneously, Sicut is the licensee of patents owned by Rutgers University for Europe, India, South Africa, South-East Asia and a portion of the Chinese market, also based on a “contracts-won” basis.

IMO environment meeting adopts mandatory energy efficiency measures for international shipping; first mandatory global GHG reduction regime for an international industry sector

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These measures constitute the first mandatory global greenhouse gas reduction regime for an international industry sector. of global greenhouse gas emissions. Unregulated, these emissions are expected to reach 6% of global emissions by 2020 and to double or triple by 2050. However, efforts led by China, Brazil, Saudi Arabia and South Africa resulted in a waiver for new ships registered in developing countries.

Sasol willing to acquire minority stake in CTL JV with Coal India Ltd and NMDC

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Sasol is pursuing global opportunities to commercialize its coal-to-liquids technology through its arm, Sasol Synfuels International (Pty) Ltd. The company’s readiness for a second joint venture was conveyed during coal minister Sriprakash Jaiswal’s recent visit to South Africa, according to Partha S. Livemint.

Copenhagen summit concludes: what was and was not achieved?

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The result was the tentative approval of a non-biding, three-page political statement hashed out between the leaders of Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, South Africa, [.]. Tags: Global warming Green credentials Latest news climate change meeting Climate change summit COP15 Copenhagen Copenhagen Accord Copenhagen meeting: what was achieved emission levels emission targets Green cars greenhouse gas emissions President Barack Obama

Boeing, South African Airways launch sustainable aviation biofuel effort in Southern Africa

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Boeing and South African Airways (SAA) will work together to develop and to implement a sustainable aviation biofuel supply chain in Southern Africa, a first for the continent. The companies signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for sustainable aviation biofuel supply chain development at The Corporate Council on Africa’s 9 th Biennial US-Africa Business, attended by executives from leading US and African firms and government representatives from several countries.

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

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SMART is focusing on global urban regions, and has identified five “themes” that fill unaddressed gaps and guide and inform the program’s collaborative research, pilot projects, and education activities. The initiative, which funds 10 global sustainability research projects in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Russia and the United States. Globally, in an urbanizing world, we are faced with a lot of complexity. We have found globally that this [connection] is needed.

Mercedes-Benz Vans to launch midsize pickup by end of decade

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The new Mercedes-Benz midsize pickup will initially be targeted at markets in Latin America, South Africa, Australia, and Europe, all of which are posting sustained growth in this segment. The Mercedes-Benz pickup will contribute nicely to our global growth targets. Before the end of the decade, Mercedes-Benz will launch the first pickup from a premium manufacturer.

Nissan re-launches Datsun brand with 1.2L Datsun GO

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Datsun GO will be the first of several Datsun models that will be launched later in 2014 in Indonesia, Russia and South Africa. While Nissan Motor’s Global design center in Japan was responsible for the Datsun GO styling, R&D and engineering development for the project were local.