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Top-selling fuel-efficient vehicles, 2010

An ICCT analysis of vehicles sold in the EU, U.S., India, China, and Japan shows intriguing trends in how OEMs aim to both meet emission standards and appeal to customers.

Find it In: CO2 standards, Electric Vehicles, EU light-duty vehicle CO2 regulation, EU vehicle targets, Fuel economy, GHG standards, Passenger Vehicles, Vehicle emissions standards

Ag and Land Use Forum summarises April ‘Land use policy’ paper by Gawel and Ludwig

The paper analyses options for addressing iLUC, concluding that lowering pressure on land use by reducing biomass demand and targeting low iLUC feedstocks is currently the most practical and effective option.

Find it In: Indirect land use change (ILUC), Fuels

Working paper on iLUC in Brazil from Monash University (Ferreira Filho and Horridge)

Indirect land use change (iLUC) from ethanol in Brazil is modelled by Ferreira Filho and Horridge using dynamic general equilibrium (CGE) modelling (the ‘Brazilian Input-Output model’).

Find it In: Fuels

Ecofys report to GBEP on biofuel indirect effects

Report reviewing the science and modelling of the indirect effects of biofuels, primarily indirect land use change (#iLUC). Includes review of work by #CARB, #E4tech, #EPA, #ICONE, #IFPRI, #Oko-Institut, #Searchinger et al. Lots of useful insights, the ICONE critique in particular seems a valuable addition to the literature.

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How not to assess technology costs and benefits: CAFE edition

Using the 2010 National Academy of Sciences report to assess 2025 technologies and costs introduces a fundamental bias that skews the analysis.

Find it In: Electric Vehicles, Fuel economy, Passenger Vehicles

UK Department for Transport (DfT) publishes paper on regional level actions to avoid ILUC

Results of a study by Ecometrica/E4tech on possible regional level iLUC avoidance actions. Includes case studies of SE Asian palm oil and European OSR/wheat. The focus is on regional approaches to yield improvement and waste reduction. The paper stops short of trying to define policy approaches, and implementation would require addressing potential baseline/additionality issues.

Find it In: Indirect land use change (ILUC), Fuels