Volkswagen and Greece to create model island for climate-neutral mobility

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The Volkswagen Group and Greece have agreed to establish a mobility system on the Mediterranean island of Astypalea. To that end, the current transport system on the island will transition to electric vehicles and renewable power generation.

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ACEA map: Affordability of electric cars, correlation between market uptake and GDP in the EU

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All countries with an ECV market share of less than 1% have a GDP below €30,000, including EU member states in Central and Eastern Europe, but also Italy and Greece.

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Refineries in the Americas produce a greater share of gasoline per barrel of crude oil than refineries in other world regions

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OECD Europe: Austria; Belgium; Czech Republic; Denmark; Estonia; Finland; France; Germany; Greece; Hungary; Iceland; Ireland; Italy; Latvia; Lithuania; Luxembourg; Netherlands; Switzerland; Norway; Poland; Portugal; Slovak Republic; Slovenia; Spain; Sweden; Turkey; United Kingdom.

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T&E: Denmark, Luxembourg, Netherlands lead deployments of zero-emission buses in Europe

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This will be essential for the countries at the bottom of the table: Austria and Ireland registered no zero-emission urban buses in 2019, while in Switzerland and Greece less than 4% of new buses were emissions-free.

ACEA study finds 100-fold increase in zero-emission trucks needed in EU fleet in 10 years to meet goals

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Diesel-powered light commercial vehicles are dominant in all EU countries except for Greece. The oldest buses can be found in Greece (19.9 A new study by the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) has found that there are currently 6.2

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Electrochemical Haber-Bosch process for ammonia production; 50% the CO2 and 25% the energy

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Now, a team of researchers in Greece has demonstrated how these steps can be integrated into a single BaZrO 3 -based protonic ceramic membrane reactor (PCMR), operating at atmospheric pressure. Ammonia, produced via the Haber-Bosch (HB) process, is globally the leading chemical in energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions.

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Solaris Urbino electric bus undergoes testing in Athens

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The capital city of Greece conducts trials on electric technology in regular passenger traffic to prepare for the growing electrification of its public transport system. The electric Solaris Urbino bus will be tested on the streets of Athens over the next two months by public operator OSY.

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T&E study finds cruise ships emitting 10x more SOx in Europe port cities than all Europe’s 260M cars

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Spain, Italy, Greece, France and Norway are the most exposed countries to cruise ship air pollution in Europe. Diesel cars have been the focus of the air pollution crisis in Europe’s cities, but along the coasts of countries such as Norway, Denmark, Greece, Croatia and Malta a handful of cruise ships are responsible for more NO x than the majority of their domestic car fleets, T&E said.

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EC approves second major battery innovation project; €2.9B (US$3.5B) from 12 member states

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The project, called “European Battery Innovation” (EuBatIn) was jointly prepared and notified by Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden.

Mubadala and Snam sign MOU to collaborate on hydrogen development

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Through its international footprint Snam operates in Albania, Austria, China, France, Greece, India, Italy, UAE and UK. Mubadala Investment Company (Mubadala) and Snam, a leading energy infrastructure operator, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the aim to collaborate on joint investment and development initiatives on hydrogen.

Ride Vision launches AI-based collision-avoidance system for motorcycles

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The company’s products will be available in Italy, Germany, Austria, Spain, France, Greece, Israel, and the UK starting in early 2021. Ride Vision is launching globally the first collision-avoidance technology for motorcycles, an AI-based system for motorcycle safety.

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Junior WRC Championship switching to gasoline-ethanol-methanol blend

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From the Acropolis Rally of Greece onwards, the Ford Fiesta R2s used in the series will be powered by GEM Fuel , a ternary blend fuel containing regular gasoline, bio-ethanol and bio-methanol (i.e., The Rally of Greece, round two of the Junior WRC Championship, gets underway on Friday 31 May. The Junior WRC Championship is supporting the FIA’s drive to make motorsport more sustainable by switching from gasoline to biofuel.

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JATO Dynamics: 17% of new passenger car registrations in Europe in April were electrified

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Contrary to this, SUVs gained notable traction in Greece, with their market share rising to 47% in April 2020, compared to just 28% in April 2019. As expected, new car registrations in Europe faced a steady decline in April. Volume fell from 1.34

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ACEA: data show EU market for electric cars highly fragmented; need for inclusive measures

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In countries with a GDP per capita below €17,000 (US$20,000) the market share remains close to zero—including the new EU member states in Central and Eastern Europe, as well as crisis-torn Greece. Nobody looks at Greece for instance, where only 32 electrically-chargeable cars were sold last year. Greece.

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Long term exposure to aircraft noise linked to high blood pressure

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A study by researchers in Greece, the UK and The Netherlands links long term exposure to aircraft noise, particularly during the night, to an increased risk of developing high blood pressure and possibly heart flutter and stroke as well. The research team drew on data from 420 people living near Athens International Airport in Greece, where up to 600 planes take off and land every day. Results from a cohort study in Athens, Greece” Occup Environ Med doi: 10.1136/oemed-2016-104180.

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JRC: Traffic measures could effectively reduce NO2 concentrations by 40% in European cities

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The map below shows that, except in Greece, diesel-fueled vehicles are responsible for the bulk of road transport NO x emissions across all EU countries.

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EEB report finds only Belgium and Slovakia on track to meet EU air pollution targets

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Greece, Luxembourg and Romania have still not delivered their program and Italy has only submitted a draft. All of the EU’s member states but two have failed to show how they will slash air pollution to comply with the emissions limits set out in the EU’s National Emission Ceilings Directive, according to a new report from the European Environmental Bureau (EEB).

EEA report finds more action needed to protect Europe’s most vulnerable citizens from air pollution, noise and extreme temperatures

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Eastern European regions (including Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria) and regions in southern Europe (including Spain, Portugal, Italy and Greece), where incomes and education are lower and unemployment rates higher than European averages, were more exposed to air pollutants including particulate matter (PM) and ground level ozone (O 3 ).

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ACEA report finds growth of charging points not keeping pace with rising demand for electric vehicles in Europe

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All countries with an ECV market share of less than 1% have a GDP below €30,000, including EU member states in Central and Eastern Europe, but also Italy and Greece. A new report by the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) shows that despite strong growth, the available charging infrastructure for electric vehicles in the EU still falls far below what is needed, and remains unevenly distributed across member states.

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Wilmington Trust selected as trustee for $2.7B Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust

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The company also served as trustee for the Greece debt restructuring program. Wilmington Trust, N.A. has been appointed trustee for the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust. The $2.7-billion trust, established as part of Volkswagen’s diesel emissions settlement, will be used to implement approved air pollution mitigation initiatives in US states and federally-recognized Native American nations.

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ARB fines 12 ocean-going shippers $476,750 for violating low-sulfur fuel regulation

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Byzantine Maritime Corporation (Greece) - $27,750 Vessel name: Ermione. The California Air Resources Board has fined 12 shipping companies a combined $476,750 for failure to switch from high-sulfur diesel “bunker” fuel to cleaner, low-sulfur marine distillate fuel upon entering Regulated California Waters, as required by state law. ARB said that all companies cited took prompt action after being notified of the violations and, under ARB’s supervision, began complying with state law.

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European consortium begins demonstration project for conversion of woody biomass to chemicals: BIOFOREVER

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BIOFOREVER consortium partners include: API Europe, Greece; Avantium Chemicals BV, Netherlands; Bioprocess Pilot Facility BV, Netherlands; Borregaard AS, Norway; Bio Refinery Development BV, Netherlands; DSM, Netherlands; Elkem Carbon AS, Norway; Green Biologics Ltd, UK; MetGen Oy, Finland; Nova Institute, Germany; Novasep Process SAS, France; Phytowelt, Green Technologies GmbH, Germany; Port of Rotterdam, Netherlands; and SUEZ Groupe, France.

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Study finds significant proportion of childhood asthma cases may be attributable to air pollution

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The 18 European countries covered in the study are Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

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Researchers demonstrate new nickel selenide catalyst for more efficient water splitting

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A team of researchers from Missouri University of Science and Technology and National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in Greece have developed a highly efficient transition metal selenide-based coordination complex, [Ni{(SePiPr 2 ) 2 N} 2 ] for oxygen evolution and hydrogen evolution reactions (OER and HER, respectively) in alkaline solution.

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SGH2 building largest green hydrogen production facility in California; gasification of waste into H2

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SGH2 is in negotiations to launch similar projects in France, Saudi Arabia, Ukraine, Greece, Japan, South Korea, Poland, Turkey, Russia, China, Brazil, Malaysia and Australia. Energy company SGH2 is bringing the world’s biggest green hydrogen production facility to Lancaster, California.

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New cars in Europe in 2013 collectively met 2015 CO2 target two years ahead of the deadline

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On average, the most efficient cars were bought in the Netherlands (109 g CO 2 /km), Greece (111g) and Portugal (112g) while the country selling the least efficient cars was Latvia (147g) followed by Estonia (147g) and Bulgaria (142g). People in Malta, Denmark and Greece bought the lightest models on average. 2015 target: 130 g CO 2 /km. 2020 target: 95 g CO 2 /km. AFV are alternative fuel vehicles: electric, LPG, NG-biomethane, E85, biodiesel, hybrid and plug-in vehicles.

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Ford Focus 1.0L EcoBoost model accounts for 23.3% of Focus orders in April in Europe

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The Euro 19 markets are: Austria, Belgium, Britain, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. Across Europe, more than 4,700 customers ordered a Focus 1.0-liter EcoBoost in April, accounting for 23.3% of the Ford Focus models in Europe’s major 19 markets.

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OECD countries invest on average around 1% of GDP on road and rail infrastructure

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There are only few exceptions from this trend, notably Greece, Spain, Switzerland and Portugal which show significantly higher GDP shares over the period (reaching 1.6% – 2.0%). Since 2007, however, Greece and Portugal have converged closer to the WEC average, investments declining to around 1.0%

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Athens Orders 108 Mercedes-Benz Econic Natural Gas Refuse Trucks

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The city of Athens, Greece is buying 108 Mercedes-Benz Econic natural gas vehicles for use in refuse collection. Econic NGTs for Athens. Click to enlarge. The natural gas drive system produces up to 90% fewer particulate emissions than an advanced diesel vehicle, making a substantial contribution to improving air quality. The Econic NGT delivers a 25% reduction in CO s emissions when run on fossil natural gas and a 100% saving with renewable biogas.

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Ecometrica analysis pegs average UK EV emissions at 75 gCO2/km; varies by country

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Davis also calculated average emissions for France, Greece, the US, Canada and China. The average emissions for an electric vehicle in the UK are 75 gCO 2 /km, when CO 2 emissions at the power station are taken into account, according to an analysis by Gary Davis, Operations Director and chief greenhouse gas (GHG) analyst at Edinburgh-based carbon accounting firm Ecometrica.

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EEA: no improvements on average CO2 emissions from new cars registered in 2017 in Europe

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The biggest decrease of diesel cars was registered in Greece and Luxemburg (- 19 and – 17 percentage points). Efforts to improve the fuel efficiency of new cars sold in the European Union (EU) stalled in 2017 compared to 2016, according to provisional data published today by the European Environment Agency (EEA). While past years have seen steady declines, new passenger cars registered in 2017 emitted on average 0.4 grams (g) of carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) per kilometer more than in 2016.

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Biogas2PEM-FC project converts waste from olive oil production to electricity

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Helbio, Greece. An EU-funded project, Biogas2PEM-FC , has developed a system to convert the toxic waste from olive oil production into electricity. The project, coordinated by Nordic fuel cell technology company PowerCell , resulted in the building of a complete pilot plant on an olive farm in Andalucía, Spain. The two-year project was completed in October.

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JATO: global vehicle sales fall by 39% in March; electrified vehicles up to 17.4% new registration market share in Europe

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Markets were significantly hit in Italy, France, Spain, Austria, Ireland, Slovenia, Greece and Portugal, where the combined volume fell from 634,600 units in March 2019 to 161,800 units last month. The outbreak of COVID-19 has already impacted the automotive industry significantly, according to JATO Dynamics, a leading provider of global automotive data and insight. Global vehicle sales totalled 5.55 million units in March 2020, down by 39% from March 2019.

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Beijing Foton launches “China Internet Super Truck Global Innovation Alliance”; Auman Energy Super Truck

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Chinese truck and utility vehicle manufacturer Beijing Foton has launched the China Internet Super Truck Global Innovation Alliance and showcased the Auman EST (Energy Super Truck) at an event in Athens, Greece.

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Ford Car Buying Trends 2015 shows increasing demand for semi-autonomous driving technologies in Europe

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In Greece that rose to 97%, and in Ireland to 96%, followed by Poland (95%). For the same cars, 5-door versions were most likely to find a home in Greece (96%), Spain (87%) and Britain (83%); while 4-door versions were most popular in Turkey (87%). European drivers are showing an increasing appetite for semi-autonomous driving technologies, according to a new Ford Motor Company study on buying trends in Europe.

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Rolls-Royce wins $6.5M contract to supply LNG propulsion package for fish food carrier; Bergen gas engine

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BioMar has 11 factories producing fish food, in Norway, Chile, Denmark, Scotland, Spain, France, Greece, Turkey and Costa Rica. Rolls-Royce has signed a US$6.5-million contract with Tersan Shipyard in Turkey. The contract is to supply a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) propulsion package for a cargo carrier designed by NSK Ship Design for Norwegian shipowner NSK Shipping. The vessel will deliver fish food on behalf of BioMar Group.

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Fiat wins Technobest award for green TwinAir engine

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The Technobest 2010 prize was awarded by the international, independent Autobest jury made up of 15 specialist journalists from a number of countries including Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Greece, Poland, [.]. Fiat has won the prestigious international Technobest prize for the second year running for its innovation TwinAir system after winning last year for its MultiAir technology.

Study characterizes arc welding fume particles to advance understanding of health impacts

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A team from the Far Eastern Federal University in Russia, with other colleagues in Russia and Greece, has focused on the key characteristics, as well as dispersion models, of welding fumes within a work zone. Arc welding generates welding fume that is hazardous for human health. An open-access paper on their work is published in Scientific Reports.

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Enel acquires eMotorWerks to provide grid balancing solutions and tap into US e-mobility market

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Enel has installed around 5,000 charging stations in Italy, Spain, Romania, Greece, Chile, Colombia and Argentina. Enel S.p.A., through its US subsidiary EnerNOC, has acquired California-based eMotorWerks, a North American supplier of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, called JuiceBox, and owner and operator of JuiceNet, an Internet of Things (IoT) platform for the smart management of EV charging and other distributed energy storage facilities.

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EEA: average CO2 emissions from new cars and new vans in Europe increased again in 2019

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Compared with 2018, more vans were registered in Lithuania (+25.2%), Greece (+13.7%), Luxembourg (+7.9%) and Germany (+6.6%) while registrations dropped in Iceland (-40.4%), Bulgaria (-35.3%), Malta (-17.2%) and Spain (-17.0%).

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Study finds engines emit exhaust nanoparticles even when not fueled during engine braking

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The study by researchers in Finland and Greece, published in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology , suggests that both the characteristics of these particles and the mechanism by which they form seem to differ significantly from those of soot and nucleation particles. Exhaust particle size distributions measured by ELPI (color map) and particle concentration measured by CPC (white line) during individual engine braking conditions (speed change from 32 km/h to 0 km/h).

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European Researchers Launch Mega Campaign to Assess Urban Air Pollution

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Université de Patras, Greece. MEGAPOLI is coordinated by the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) and involves 22 partners from 12 European countries including the Czech Republic, France, Greece, Italy, Switzerland and the UK. Participating in the study are researchers from Finland, France, Germany, Greece and Switzerland.

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DNV and PSE develop concept for on-ship chemical CO2 capture; capable of reducing ship CO2 emissions by up to 65%

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Nikolaos Kakalis, Head of DNV Research & Innovation Greece. Det Norske Veritas (DNV), a leading classification society, and Process Systems Enterprise Ltd. PSE), a global provider of advanced process modeling technology, have developed a concept design for shipboard chemical CO 2 capture. The results from the Maritime CCS (carbon capture and storage) research and development project show that the concept is technically feasible and capable of reducing ship CO 2 emissions by up to 65%.

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