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Porsche announces carbon-offset programs for U.S.

All of the company's U.S. fleets will now be carbon-neutral, and a program called Porsche Impact will give customers a chance to offset their carbon emissions. Announced on Earth Day, Porsche will include all cars — about 425 of them — from its Los Angeles and Atlanta Porsche Experience Centers in its carbon-offset programs. Vehicles from the Porsche Passport subscription...

Volkswagen to Track Minerals Supply Chains Using IBM Blockchain

Volkswagen Group has announced it will use blockchain tech to track its mineral supply chains. The German automaker said Thursday that, in order to “responsibly source” minerals such as cobalt (used in lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles), it has joined an open industry collaboration, which also includes Ford as a member.... An excerpt from Coindesk

EPA’s own adviser finds Trump’s rollback of fuel standards could cost jobs

An environmental adviser to the Trump administration projects that its attempt to reverse Obama-era fuel-efficiency standards could have a steep long-term toll on the U.S. economy and eventually cost the country hundreds of thousands of jobs. The research, by an outside adviser picked by former Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt — and funded by grants from the auto industry...

European Parliament approves post-2020 CO2 emission targets for cars and vans

The legislation now requires final adoption by the European Council before publication in the Official Journal In December 2018, the EC, European Parliament and European Council finally reached an agreement to reduce CO2 emissions by 37.5% by 2030 for cars and 31% for vans, compared to the 2021 level. Both types of vehicle will also be subject to an interim...

Europe’s CO2 Mountain

Several options are available to those that are currently at risk of non-compliance. The first, and probably least desirable, is to fail to comply and pay fines. Another route that could – and we think will – be taken is pooling. For some manufacturers, this will be an attractive option, enabling them to comply as part of a larger...

Shell launches $300m forest plan to offset carbon emissions

Several publications report that Shell is launching a $300m forestry programme in an attempt to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. The Financial Times reports that the energy firm will invest the money over three years in various carbon offsetting schemes, including large forests in the Netherlands and Spain, and will “start offering motorists the option of purchasing carbon offsets...

California sues EPA over Trump’s emissions rollback

The battle between California and the federal government escalated last week. The state filed a lawsuit against the NHTSA and the EPA over the Trump administration's proposal to freeze fuel efficiency and emissions regulations at 2020 levels. The proposal would also end California's ability to set stricter standards. The federal proposal would end California's longstanding ability to set its...

Exclusive: United States sets sights on China in new electric vehicle push

U.S. government officials plan to meet with executives from automakers and lithium miners in early May as part of a first-of-its-kind effort to launch a national electric vehicle supply chain strategy, according to three sources familiar with the matter. “There’s a real opportunity in the electric vehicle supply chain if the United States wakes up,” said Jonathan Evans, president of...

Top German carmakers charged with blocking clean emissions technology

BMW and Volkswagen face possible hefty fines after EU antitrust regulators on Friday (5 April) charged the German carmakers and whistleblower Daimler with colluding to block the rollout of clean emissions technology. “Daimler, VW and BMW may have broken EU competition rules. As a result, European consumers may have been denied the opportunity to buy cars with the best available...

EPA Reaffirms Commitment to Rolling Back Emissions Regulations

Trump administration officials representing the EPA and NHTSA held a "tense" late-February conference call with auto manufacturing executives on the topic of fuel economy standards giving them an ultimatum: support President Donald Trump’s plan to ease Obama-era regulations or side with California, which sets its own, stricter standards.... An excerpt from Green Fleet Magazine

German government examines CO₂ price – media reports

The country’s transport ministry also wants the new climate cabinet, recently set up by Chancellor Angela Merkel, to debate CO₂ pricing in multiple sectors, according to ministry documents seen by Clean Energy Wire — although a CO₂ price was not included in the ministry’s draft recommendations for reducing transport emissions. ... An excerpt from Clean Energy Wire

Woefully dirty’: government accused over Australia’s failure to cut vehicle emissions

Cuts to carbon emissions from vehicle efficiency standards have been left out of government projections for meeting Australia’s Paris climate commitments, indicating the policy has been shelved. The office of the transport minister, Michael McCormack, said the government had not made a decision on “how or when” standards to cut carbon pollution from vehicles might be implemented.... An excerpt from The...

Largest Austrian Energy Provider Debuts DLT-Based E-Car Charger

Wien Energie, the largest energy provider in Austria, has announced a charger for electric cars based on distributed ledger technology (DLT), Cointelegraph auf Deutsch reports on March 29. ... An excerpt from Bitcoin Insider

Europol helps unearth Dieselgate leftovers in Spain

A Spanish haulier has been caught using emission cheating devices by law enforcement agencies, just as the European Parliament declared that Europe has not recovered from its Dieselgate hangover. Spain’s Civil Guard has launched an investigation into a Madrid-based haulage company after roadside checks found their trucks were installed with so-called emulators, which game air pollution control systems.... An excerpt from...

EU toughens CO2 limits for cars in boost for electric vehicles

The European Union's plan to cut CO2 emissions from new cars by 37.5 percent by 2030 was approved by the European Parliament, removing the final political hurdle for the target. In a vote on Wednesday in Strasbourg, France, the assembly also fixed an interim CO2-cut goal for autos of 15 percent for 2025.... An excerpt from Automotive News Europe

New EU CO2 limits on cars risk triggering an invasion of fake ‘electric’ vehicles – report

Currently plug-in hybrids are often big SUVs which are rarely charged because of their very limited electric range, and they emit as much or more CO2 as diesel or petrol cars do on the road . By allowing fake ‘electric’ cars to count towards the EV targets, it has become much easier for carmakers to earn the generous CO2...

London Launches The World’S First Ultra-Low Emission Zone

London has developed the world’s first Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) planned for Central London, an area within which all cars (other than taxis), motorcycles, vans, minibuses, buses, coaches and heavy goods vehicles are required to meet exhaust emissions standards or pay a daily charge to travel. The central London ULEZ will be in place from 8 April 2019.... An excerpt...

Canada plans its first nationwide EV tax credit

The new budget will offer Canadians who buy electric cars up a $5,000 (Canadian; $3,768 U.S.) tax credit. The credit is limited to cars that cost $45,000 ($33,924 U.S.), however, which rules out even the cheapest Tesla Model 3, which sells for $47,000 Canadian.... An excerpt from Newsautotop

Electric Vehicle Charging Carbon Coalition Named 2019 Climate Leadership Awards Winner

The EVCCC developed an innovative pathway to use voluntary carbon credit markets to improve electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure revenues and thus help support continued EV sales growth. The new method, pioneered by EVCCC, provides a blueprint to certify the reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that result when EVs are powered by electric vehicle charging stations compared with conventional...

Blockchain in Transport Alliance welcomes Hong Kong-based Tigers

Tigers, a Hong Kong-based global logistics and transportation company that specializes in technology-enabled supply chain solutions, e-fulfilment and transportation by air, sea, rail and road, has joined the Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BiTA). Founded in August 2017, BiTA has quickly grown into the largest commercial blockchain alliance in the world, with nearly 500 members that collectively generate over $1...

John Lewis Partnership targets ‘net-zero’ operational carbon emissions by 2050

Retail giant John Lewis Partnership has today (20 March) pledged to achieve "net-zero" carbon emissions for its direct operations by 2050, without purchasing carbon offsets.... An excerpt from Edie.net

France continues to lead the way on ethanol blends

Renewable ethanol continues to build its popularity in France, where motorists have already made E10 (petrol containing up to 10% ethanol) the top-selling gasoline blend. Recently France has also made it possible for consumers to choose an even higher blend that not only reaps better emissions-reduction performance, but also saves money. E85, a petrol blend with up to 85%...

Korea to shift all commercial vehicles to fuel cell energy by 2035

"South Korea is slated to set a goal of entirely shifting commercial vehicles -- including trucks and construction machinery -- to run on fuel cell energy by 2035 in its efforts to address serious fine dust problems, according to plans released by Transport Minister-nominee Choi Jeong-ho. On the same day, the Industry Ministry announced it would invest around 130 billion...

BiTA Standards Council ratifies and publishes first data standard

The Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BiTA) Standards Council Board approved its first official standard and its first official framework as part of the organization’s mission to provide a single answer to the question, “Where is my shipment?”... An excerpt from BiTA

Fine dust damages Hanoi’s air “mainly from the exhaust system of the car”

"Air pollution in Hanoi jumped sharply in the peak hours by about 70 percent of the fine dust emitted by cars and motorcycles." An excerpt from Shilfa

Washington House passes clean-fuels legislation sought by Inslee

"Gov. Jay Inslee and some lawmakers are also proposing to phase out fossil fuels in power production, phase out hydrofluorocarbons, boost electric vehicles and increase energy conservation standards in buildings. Inslee is running for president with an almost singular focus on climate change. House Bill 1110, which would lower the greenhouse-gas emissions from transportation fuels, passed 53 to 43. After...