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Brazil’s vehicle fleet renewal program should aim to benefit from others' successes, and their mistakes

Explains why first-phase fleet renewal program in Brazil could be most effective if it focused on removing old diesel heavy trucks and buses from the roads, in particular those older than 14 years that comply with Proconve standards P-3 and earlier, and how Brazil could best leverage these emission reductions by combining this with the introduction of P-8 standards.

Find it In: Clean Air, GHG emissions, Vehicle emissions standards, Heavy-duty Vehicles

Are automakers beating the U.S. vehicle fuel economy standards? Yep, bigly.

Highlights that low-cost efficiency technology keeps entering the auto market, and automakers keep beating the efficiency standards. Luckily, there is every reason to believe we’ll continue to see increasing efficiency trend through 2025 and perhaps beyond. 

Find it In: Efficiency, Fuel economy, GHG standards, Passenger Vehicles

The latest paper by the Center for Automotive Research is not what it thinks it is

The whole report rests on a false premise about the costs of meeting the standards. And whether that reflects a lack of "objectivity" or something else, it renders the report completely unreliable as an analysis of the employment impacts of the CAFE/GHG standards.

Find it In: Passenger Vehicles, Technology costs, Vehicle technology

Leapfrogging an outdated standard puts India on par with global leaders in control of vehicle emissions

The adoption of Bharat Stage VI emission standards will significantly reduce air pollutant emissions from vehicles sold in India beginning in 2020. However, changes in the final rule notification will cause 3 years additional delay of truly world-class emission standards compared with the initial proposal.

Find it In: Air pollution, Black carbon, Clean Air, Passenger Vehicles, Vehicle emissions control in India, Vehicle emissions standards, Heavy-duty Vehicles

Brother, can you spare three cents (for the climate)?

A back-of-the-envelope calculation shows that the ICAO agreement would entail the aviation industry paying about three cents on the dollar of its climate damages from 2021 to 2035.

Find it In: Airline fuel efficiency, Efficiency, GHG emissions, Aviation

End of Crystal Serenity’s voyage spotlights way to ban toxic fuel in Arctic

With Arctic shipping expected to rise, there may be an argument that communities in the Arctic ought to be protected from ship emissions just like the rest of the continent. Though it’s an open issue whether the Arctic will win protection from pollution by ships.

Find it In: Black carbon, Marine