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Evaluation of state-level U.S. electric vehicle incentives

Many U.S. states offer incentives to encourage consumers to purchase electric vehicles. Are these various incentives beginning to significantly influence electric vehicle adoption rates? In this...
Published 2014.10.31: Publication

Is IMO losing steam on policies to reduce shipping emissions?

Last week the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC) wrapped up its 67th meeting in London. It was a busy meeting, with progress on some issues,... On climate issues, especially additional measures to reduce CO2 emissions from in-use vessels, discussions at last week's meeting of the International Maritime Organization’s Marine Environmental...
Published 2014.10.30: Blog Post

Will a new test procedure solve the problem? Latest developments on EU vehicle testing

Over the last few weeks, we published two major reports on the real-world emission behavior of passenger cars in Europe. The first one talked about air pollutant emissions, specifically nitrogen... Two recent ICCT reports clearly demonstrate the serious on-road problem for CO2 and NOx emissions in Europe. The European Commission is working on it, but the approaches chosen to address the real-...
Published 2014.10.29: Blog Post

The WLTP: How a new test procedure for cars will affect fuel consumption values in the EU

The current European type-approval procedure for fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of cars (the New European Driving Cycle, or NEDC) includes a number of tolerances and flexibilities and no longer...
Published 2014.10.29: Publication

Comparative assessment of heavy-duty vehicle regulatory design options for U.S. greenhouse gas and efficiency regulation

As regulatory agencies in the U.S. work on the second phase of heavy-duty vehicle greenhouse gas (GHG) and efficiency standards, one of the key decisions they face concerns the regulatory...
Published 2014.10.29: Publication

Will GDI engines mean higher particulate emissions? Thanks to already-enacted Tier 3 standards, no

Benjamin Hulac had an interesting story on gasoline particulate emissions for ClimateWire [paywall] on October 3. He was reporting on research by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) that found... Concerns that engines using gasoline direct injection produce higher particulate emissions overlook two things: the engineering solutions to the problem are already known, and EPA's Tier 3...
Published 2014.10.22: Blog Post

New light commercial vehicles in China, 2010: Technology assessment and international comparisons

This paper assesses fuel consumption and fuel-efficiency technology adoption in China’s light commercial vehicle (LCV) market in 2010, focusing on the differences among vehicle sub-categories and...
Published 2014.10.21: Publication

What Paul Krugman gets right, and not quite right, on slow steaming

Ever since I began to study international economics in college in China, I’ve been a fan of Paul Krugman’s. So I was very interested to see him blogging in the New York Times about slow steaming in... Slow steaming works: Taking into account longer time at sea and extra ships to cover the lost frequency, slowing down a ship 10% from the design speed means a 9% energy savings. But below a certain...
Published 2014.10.16: Blog Post

[Press release] New ICCT study shows real-world NOx emissions from modern diesel cars seven times higher than Euro 6 limits

On-road nitrogen oxides emission levels of modern diesel cars are on average about seven times higher than the limit set by the Euro 6 emission standard, which went into effect in September 2014....
Published 2014.10.11: News

[Pressemitteilung] Reale Emissionen moderner Diesel-Autos sieben Mal höher als gesetzlich erlaubt

Die realen Stickoxidemissionen moderner Diesel-Pkw liegen durchschnittlich sieben Mal höher als laut der seit September 2014 geltenden Abgasnorm Euro 6 erlaubt. Zu dieser Schlussfolgerung gelangt...
Published 2014.10.11: News

Real-world exhaust emissions from modern diesel cars

This study, a meta-analysis of PEMS data from EU (Euro 6) and US (Tier 2 Bin 5/ULEV II) diesel passenger cars, documents the wide discrepancy that exists between official certification or type-...
Published 2014.10.11: Publication

Marine black carbon emissions: Identifying research gaps

This workshop was the first of three designed to inform and guide a new two-year project on marine black carbon funded by the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC). The project will develop a...
Published 2014.10.09: Event

Global Green Freight Action Plan Highlighted at UN Climate Summit

One of the highlights of last month’s Climate Summit in New York City was the announcement of the “Global Green Freight Action Plan” to decrease the climate impacts of global freight movement by... Fifty nation states, private companies, NGOs, IGOs, CSOs endorsed the Global Green Freight Action Plan at the UNSG Climate Summit in NYC—a huge achievement right out of the gate. The full list of...
Published 2014.10.08: Blog Post

ICCT Senior Fellow, EPA Director Named as Keynote Speakers for SAE International Light Duty Emissions Control Symposium

[From SAE International] WARRENDALE, Pa., Oct. 7, 2014 - SAE International announces that John German, Senior Fellow with International Council for Clean Transportation (ICCT), and William Charmely...
Published 2014.10.08: News

Press roundup, September 2014

Aftenposten 09/01 Nye biler bruker 22 prosent mer drivstoff enn produsentene oppgir 09/02 México vende los camiones más ineficientes del mundo EuroNews 09/04 Is Merkel's green zeal...
Published 2014.09.30: News

Canada's Environment Minister announces new regulatory measures for vehicles and fuels

Last week, Canada’s Minister of the Environment, Leona Aglukkaq, announced three new regulatory initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and improve the environmental performance of both... Three new regulatory initiatives announced by Minister Leona Aglukkaq will reduce GHG emissions and improve the environmental performance of both the light- and heavy-duty vehicle fleets.
Published 2014.09.29: Blog Post

[Press release] Gap between reported and actual fuel economy higher than ever before

The gap between official and real world fuel-economy figures has reached more than 30 per cent, causing motorists to spend an average of €450 per year more on fuel than if that non-performance gap...
Published 2014.09.28: News

A trend that can’t continue: The gap between official and real CO2 reductions from Europe’s passenger car fleet keeps growing

Our report last year documenting the worsening gap between official, test-based CO2 emissions from Europe’s passenger cars and what drivers actually experience on the road received a lot of attention... We've just released an update to our study of the discrepancy between offiical and real-world CO2 emissions from passenger cars in the EU. The bad news: the gap continues to increase, and at an...
Published 2014.09.28: Blog Post

From laboratory to road: A 2014 update

Europe’s passenger-car efficiency regulation has very effectively driven down the official average CO2 emissions and fuel consumption of new passenger cars in the EU. The 2015 target of 130 grams of...
Published 2014.09.28: Publication

[Press release] Announcement of Global Green Freight Action Plan

On September 23, at the UN Secretary General's Climate Summit, a number of partnerships and initiatives to promote climate action were announced. Once such announcement was in regards to the...
Published 2014.09.24: News