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US EPA is proposing first US emissions standards for commercial aircraft

Aircraft account for 12 percent of the U.S. transportation greenhouse gas emissions. They are the largest source of transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. that are not subject to emissions regulations.

Stephen Lee » Bloomberg Law »

The EPA was required to set those standards after it found in August 2016 that greenhouse gas emissions from certain aircraft elevated concentrations of the greenhouse gases that are the primary cause of climate change. The finding said these gases “endanger the public health and welfare of current and future generations.”

But many commercial planes in the U.S., covering more than 80% of aviation demand, already comply with those standards, meaning the ICAO guidelines won’t trigger any improvements in efficiency or fuel use, according to Lakewood. Newly delivered aircraft are also expected to exceed the ICAO standards by roughly 10%, she said.

Reuters »

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Wednesday announced it was proposing the first U.S. emissions standards for commercial aircraft.

In 2016, the U.N. International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) agreed on global airplane emissions standards aimed at makers of small and large planes, including Airbus SE and Boeing Co, which both backed the standards.

The EPA-proposed regulation seeks to align the United States with the ICAO standards, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said. “We are implementing the ICAO recommendations, ICAO standards,” Wheeler told reporters.

European Commission unveils ambitious plan to boost hydrogen sixfold by 2024, driving down the costs and eliminate emissions from industry and transportation

Joanna Sampson » H2 View »

Talking about her vision for the transition to a climate neutral Europe, the Commissioner said, “To reach climate neutrality by 2050, we need to fundamentally transform our energy system and clean hydrogen will have a key role to play, as it has great potential to decarbonise sectors where electrification is impossible or too costly.”

“Therefore, we will propose a roadmap to scale up renewable hydrogen production and use in Europe.”

Ewa Krukowska » Bloomberg Green » (paywall)

“What you need for hydrogen to be a successful energy source and storage facility in the future: you need the production to be within the price range, you need transport and storage facilities and you need the market,” said Frans Timmermans, executive vice president of the European Union’s executive arm. “With our strategy we want to stimulate all three.”
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The subsidy the Dutch can use to purchase a fully electric vehicle has been quickly depleted

In just one week, almost 91 percent of the available funds in the subsidy pot has been used up, according to figures from the Netherlands Enterprise Agency, as reported in AutoWeek.

€10 million was made available on 1 July 2020 to subsidize the purchase of a new fully electric car. As of this morning, July 7th, only €992,000 remained.

Individuals in the Netherlands who purchase or lease a new fully-electric car since June 4, as the scheme can be applied for retroactively, are eligible for a €4,000 subsidy.

Maine moves forward with electric vehicle charging » “This infrastructure is going to be needed for decades to come”

David Thill » Energy News Network »

Tourism may be down now, but when travelers return to Maine with electric cars they’ll have more places to charge up.

The state has been moving forward on a three-phase initiative using its federal Volkswagen settlement funding to increase electric vehicle chargers in key locations, especially routes frequented by travelers from Canada as well as other New England states.

The first phase, which began in 2018 and will wrap up shortly, focuses on fast chargers that can recharge a battery in about half an hour. That overlapped with the second phase, in progress, focusing on Level 2 charging for drivers who can take more time to refill. The final phase will return to the fast charging network and extend it further, helping drivers reach coastal destinations like Acadia National Park.

In an open letter to the EU Commission, ABB, Maersk, SAP, Scania, Siemens, Volkswagen and others have committed themselves to the ambitious Green Deal

The new President of the EU Commission, Ursula von der Leyen has set ambitious goals for Europe with the Green Deal. By 2050, net emissions of greenhouse gases in the European Union are to be reduced to zero, making the environment one of the most important priorities.

Volkswagen and ten other international companies with headquarters in Europe are convinced that only an environmentally compatible, sustainable orientation will create the basis for economic success and future prosperity.

CEO Initiative for Europe’s Green Deal



We, the CEO Initiative for Europe’s Recovery, Reform and Resilience, represent multinational companies across different sectors that employ a total of 1.7 million people generating more than 600 billion euros in revenue. Our companies are staying committed to the Paris Climate Change Agreement and have adopted own decarbonisation plans.

While Europe is facing an unprecedented challenge by the disruptions of the Covid-19 pandemic, we stand ready to strongly support the EU Commission’s “Next Generation EU” to kick start the economies in short term, but also prepare for the longer-term transformation to build a more resilient, digitalized, prosperous and sustainable Europe for future generations.

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California takes bold and timely step to reduce truck pollution » Commerical trucks must start offering electric options by 2024, must offer only zero-emission by 2045


Zero-Emissions Fuel-Cell Electric Kenworth Toyota UPS Delivery Truck

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is requiring truck manufacturers to transition from diesel trucks and vans to electric zero-emission trucks beginning in 2024. By 2045, every new truck sold in California must be zero-emission.

According to CARB, commercial trucks are the largest single source of vehicular air pollution, responsible for 70 percent of the smog-causing pollution and 80 percent of carcinogenic diesel soot even though they number only 2 million among the 30 million registered vehicles in the state.

LA Times »

The nation’s toughest clean-air mandate on trucks was approved Thursday by the California Air Resources Board.

In effect, the board ordered manufacturers of medium-duty and heavy-duty commercial trucks to begin selling zero-emission versions in 2024, with 100,000 sold in California by 2030 and 300,000 by 2035.

The mandate is intended to cut air pollution and push the state toward ambitious greenhouse gas reduction goals — 40% below 1990 levels by 2030 and 80% below by 2050.

Several other states, most in the Northeast, plan to adopt the air board’s mandate, known as the Advanced Clean Truck initiative. “There’s clearly a national interest” in reducing pollution, Katie Dykes, the commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, said Thursday.

More » California, CARB, Green Car Reports, Green Car Congress, Ars Technica, Motor Illustrated, Autoblog


A majority of Europeans living in cities don’t want to see air pollution return to pre-Covid levels and support radical changes in transport

It’s time. This is a time of unbelievable crisis and the economy will need to be rebuilt. Nobody wanted the coronavirus pandemic. Nobody asked for this. But nonetheless, this is an opportunity we can seize upon. People don’t want to go back to the way it was. We want better, for ourselves, and future generations. Policy makers need to take note and do the right thing.

Eoin Bannon / Transport & Environment »

Almost two out of every three people (64%) on average said they do not want to go back to pre-Covid pollution levels, according to a pan-European survey by international polling company YouGov.

Over two-thirds (68%) agreed that cities must take effective measures to protect citizens from air pollution, even if it means preventing polluting cars from entering city centres to protect clean air, with as many as 63% of drivers themselves in support. Around three quarters (74%) said cities must take effective measures to protect citizens from air pollution, even if this requires reallocating public space to walking, cycling and public transport. Just 10% opposed taking such action.

The survey of 7,545 adults in 21 metropolitan areas across Europe between 14-21 May was commissioned by T&E and the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA). It paints a picture of broad public support for radical action to maintain the low levels of air pollution from traffic and other sources when countries imposed pandemic lockdown measures. Since lockdown has been lifted, pollution has ramped back up in China, compounded by unusually high levels of commuter traffic. Already there are similar signs in Europe.

More » PV Magazine » Does corona pave the way for a real Green Deal revolution?

‘There is no other option’ » UK climate committee urges government to accelerate phase-out of new petrol and diesel cars to 2032

The UK government’s climate advisory group, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), released a report that states the UK needs to phase out new internal combustion vehicles by 2032.

While acknowledging the coronavirus pandemic is a tragedy, Committee on Climate Change CEO, Chris Stark, stated »

“Covid-19 itself is not an opportunity, but I think it is true to say it has created an opportunity – and that’s the chance to pull off a sharper course correction [for] UK emissions and to be better prepared for the kind of changes in climate that are coming for the country,” said Stark.

Susanna Twidale / Reuters »

“If we are to emerge successfully from COVID 19 there is only one route, and that route is one which enables us also to fight climate change,” the chair of the Committee on Climate Change, John Gummer, said in a press briefing.

A target to phase out new petrol and diesel cars should be brought forward to 2032 from 2040 currently, with money ploughed into electric vehicle charging and incentives to encourage people buy low-carbon cars, the CCC said.

Money could also be raised by increasing taxes on fossil fuel used for transport, it said.

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