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Comparing fuel economy cost estimates for 2020–2025

Comparing the cost of fuel consumption and CO2 reductions from the Boston Consulting Group report "Powering Autos to 2020" against the 2010 US EPA and US DOT Technical Assessment Report and the 2011 Center for Automotive Research (CAR) report.

Find it In: Fuel economy, Passenger Vehicles

Chris Knittel of MIT looks at the cost effectiveness of ethanol subsidies

Knittel argues that ethanol subsidies (for him the term includes performance based policies like RFS and LCFS) exist to support farmer wealth, reduce dependence on foreign oil and reduce GHG emissions.

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

Benefits of cellulosic ethanol feedstocks: Davis et al in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment

Using the DAYCENT model and assuming a regime of careful land use planning, Davis et al argue that replacing corn in the US with cellulosic biofuel feedstocks (switchgrass, miscanthus) could reduce nitrogen leeching and greenhouse gas emissions while improving ethanol yields and maintaining the non-biofuel-use grain supply.

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

More from Reuters on the EU iLUC debate

Commentary on the direction of EU negotiations on addressing iLUC – Reuters predict that existing biodiesel investments will be protected, but that with ethanol and advanced biofuels looking better than biodiesel in the latest work new investments will be pushed in those directions.

Find it In: Indirect land use change (ILUC)

New report “The Missing Indirect Land-Use Change Factors” from the ‘European Forum for Sustainable Development’

EFNE‘s report reviews the modelling of indirect land use change (iLUC) from biofuels, following similar studies from JRC, USDA, Ecofys and others. Highlighting variation in modelling outputs, the report argues against the use of iLUC factors on the basis of the precautionary principle (the report does not consider the wider question of whether biofuel support policies should be reconsidered if uncertainty about iLUC is substantial).

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

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