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Press roundup, August 2014

Hydrocarbon Processing 08/01 Innovative modeling of heavy crudes provides competitive advantages Friends of the Earth 08/05 Conservation groups launch legal challenge to cut carbon pollution from...
Published 2014.09.02: News

Is the Renewable Fuel Standard inadvertently driving up U.S. palm oil imports?

If you’re reading this on your lunch break, take a look at the ingredients label on your cookies. Chances are you’ll see one or a combination of soybean oil, palm oil, and canola oil, perhaps... About a third of all U.S. soybean oil goes into biodiesel that the RFS requires to be blended into diesel fuel. That's soybean oil that's no longer available to use in food products, leading to...
Published 2014.09.02: Blog Post

Stakeholder workshop report on tractor-trailer efficiency technology, 2015-2030

This report, based on a July 2014 workshop, updates conventional wisdom on available technologies that offer the potential to increase tractor-trailer efficiency in the 2015-2030 timeframe. The...
Published 2014.08.28: Publication

此消彼长的新能源汽车市场(2014上半年更新)

在之前发布的全球电动汽车激励政策研究中,我们对2012和2013年12个地区的电动汽车市场份额及财税激励政策进行排名。今年上半年,随着部分旧政策的失效和新政策的发布,我们观察到电动汽车市场发生的一些变化(见下图)。 2012–2014 年12个地区的电动汽车销量 在2014年的上半年,中国的电动汽车销售量有了明显提升,无论是纯电动汽车还是混合动力车,前6个月的销量均已超过2013年全年的销量... 2014年上半年中国电动汽车销量明显提升,近期各项新政的出台再次给电动车市场的扩张强有力的支持。此外,世界两大电动车市场发生了有趣的变化,瑞典的电动车销量陡然上升,其他市场较为稳定。原因为何?我们观察了几个比较有趣的市场。
Published 2014.08.20: Blog Post

Long-term energy efficiency improvement for LNG carriers

With the booming natural gas trade, there has been huge growth in demand for liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers, the primary means of intercontinental transportation of natural gas. This study...
Published 2014.08.19: Publication

Policy update: Bharat Stage IV emission standards for two-wheelers in India

On July 4, 2014, India finalized the fourth stage of emission standards for motorized two- wheeled vehicles. The Bharat Stage (BS) IV standards will go into effect for type approval of new...
Published 2014.08.12: Publication

Cost-Benefit Analysis of Mexico’s Heavy-duty Emission Standards (NOM 044)

Mexico is planning to revise its existing emissions standards for diesel heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs). The existing regulation, Norma Oficial Mexicana 044 (NOM 044), requires new vehicles to meet...
Published 2014.08.11: Publication

Electric vehicle markets have their ups and downs (2014 YTD update)

In this study published earlier this year we ranked electric-vehicle market shares in 12 regions in 2012 and 2013 and summarized tax credits and other incentives available to EV buyers. But policies... The first six months of 2014 saw an interesting divergence in the top two EV markets, a big sales jump in Sweden, and steady-state to modest market growth elsewhere. So, what's going on? Let's take...
Published 2014.08.11: Blog Post

Solar farms, energy yields and indirect land use change

In the past month, there has been a ripple of interest through the UK media about the loss of agricultural land to solar farms (large installations of photovoltaic cells), for instance this article ... Some commentators in the UK have expressed concern about agricultural land being lost to solar panels - but is solar iLUC really worth worrying about?
Published 2014.08.08: Blog Post

Press roundup, July 2014

Seeking Alpha 07/01 Spirit Is Light On Leg Room, Heavy On Cash FleetOwner 07/02 Beyond 2018: The shape of things to come Saturno Notizie 07/03 Chissà perché le auto consumano sempre più del previsto...
Published 2014.08.01: News

Does biodiesel really need a tax credit?

Prices of Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs)—essentially tradable credits used for compliance with the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)—have hovered around 50 cents since early this year for all... The behavior of RIN prices is starting to make it look as if the biodiesel tax credit is not only redundant but may actually be creating windfall profits for the industry.
Published 2014.07.31: Blog Post

Shared border, shared opportunity

Governor Jerry Brown and President Enrique Peña Nieto on Monday committed to work together to address air pollution and climate change, two related goals that are of understandable interest to both... One clear, shared commitment that stands out in the agreement between California and Mexico to work together on air pollution and climate change, announced Monday by Governor Jerry Brown and...
Published 2014.07.30: Blog Post

EU Energy Council draft directive on indirect land use change

On June 13, the European Union’s Council of Energy Ministers agreed to a common position on the draft “ILUC proposal.” The Ministers’ June proposal would amend the Renewable Energy and Fuel Quality...
Published 2014.07.30: Publication

Bending the law of diminishing returns on fuel economy

Larry Vellequette had an interesting column about diminishing returns from vehicle efficiency technologies in the July 11, 2014 Automotive News. He was commenting on the chart below showing annual... On fuel economy, what matters is the cost of adding technology compared with the fuel savings it delivers. And all the evidence points to technology costs falling fast enough to keep pace with the...
Published 2014.07.21: Blog Post

Technical training on light-duty vehicle emissions standards

Organized by the Mexican Center for Environmental Rights (CEMDA), with the collaboration of ICCT and the General Director Environmental, Urban and Tourist Promotion (DGFAUT) of the Secretary of...
Published 2014.07.17: Event

Integrating trailers into HDV regulation: Benefit-cost analysis

The United States Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation are deliberating on a second phase of regulations to increase the efficiency of heavy-duty vehicles. One of the...
Published 2014.07.17: Publication

The end of the era of heavy fuel oil in maritime shipping

Since the 1960s, heavy fuel oil (HFO) has been the king of marine fuels. Viscous, dirty, yet inexpensive and widely available, HFO propelled a long period of robust growth in international shipping,... Viscous, dirty, yet cheap and widely available, HFO propelled a long period of robust growth in international shipping. But its price doesn't reflect its impacts on the environment and human health...
Published 2014.07.09: Blog Post

Let’s update US fuel policy to promote electric vehicles (Part II)

We’ve argued elsewhere (see here and here) that the U.S. should take steps to include renewable electricity for electric vehicles under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Last week, EPA took a small... Last week EPA finalized a new pathway for biogas electricity used in electric vehicles, a step that could potentially open up new avenues to incentivizing more types of low carbon fuels in...
Published 2014.07.08: Blog Post

Europe’s global leadership on vehicle emission standards at risk in the truck sector

While most of the world follows Europe’s conventional pollution emission standards, and pays great attention to Europe’s CO2 standards for passenger vehicles, Europe has been surprisingly slow to act... Most of the world follows Europe’s conventional pollution emission standards, and pays great attention to its CO2 standards for passenger vehicles. But Europe's lack of an HDV efficiency standard...
Published 2014.07.03: Blog Post

Press roundup, June 2014

Green Car Congress 06/02 ICCT-sponsored study of in-use testing of 3 Tier2-Bin5, CA LEV-II light-duty diesels finds wide variation of emissions against the limits Green Car Congress 06/03 ICCT paper...
Published 2014.07.01: News

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