transport

Separating fact from fiction in newest U.S. federal ethanol study

corn ethanol SUV (photo Nyenyec)

The latest ethanol study from the U.S. Department of Agriculture mixes facts with fictions, writes John DeCicco of the University of Michigan. The study contains fundamental errors that undermine its claims that the use of corn ethanol reduces greenhouse gas emissions. … [Read more...]

The next EV revolution: think trucks and buses

Proterra catalyst bus

Most of the talk around electric vehicles centres round Tesla’s, Chevy Bolts and other passenger cars. But the financial and environmental case for the electrification of big vehicles, such as buses and garbage trucks, is actually much more compelling than for small cars, writes Chris Denny Brown. According to Brown, founder of job site Cleantekker, this is where the electric transport revolution should have begun. … [Read more...]

In China low-speed electric vehicles are driving high-speed urbanisation

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The Chinese government is making a major effort to boost the sales of small, low-speed EVs, which are to play a major role in the country's rapid urbanisation, writes Dennis Zuev of Lancaster University. According to Zuev, many countries around the world are likely to follow China's lead. Courtesy of The Conversation. … [Read more...]

Dutch government: only EVs and hydrogen cars from 2035, phase-out natural gas

Tesla assembly factory in Tilburg the Netherlands

The Dutch government has presented a long-term energy plan that stipulates that no new cars with combustion engines may be sold from 2035 on. In addition, in the Netherlands – for over 50 years the largest natural gas producer in the EU – all houses will be disconnected from the gas grid by 2050. The plan has broad parliamentary support – in fact, many political parties believe it does not go far enough. … [Read more...]

Reinventing Fire in China

Municipal District Energy Infrastructure Development Project in the People's Republic of China (photo Asian Development Bank)

Amory Lovins’ Rocky Mountain Institute, backed by Chinese institutions and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, has published a stunning roadmap for an energy revolution in China. If its ideas are taken up, it could lead to a transformation of the largest energy economy in the world – and serve as a model for other developing nations to follow, writes Fereidoon Sionshansi, president of Menlo Energy Economics and publisher of the newsletter … [Read more...]

Biofuels turn out to be a climate mistake

Great Lakes BioEnergy Research Center in 2008 (photo Open University)

Biofuels are usually regarded as inherently carbon-neutral, but once all emissions associated with growing feedstock crops and manufacturing biofuel are factored in, they actually increase CO2 emissions rather than reducing them, writes John DeCicco of the University of Michigan. According to DeCicco, biofuels are actually more harmful to the climate than gasoline. Courtesy of The Conversation. … [Read more...]

Europe’s renewable transport targets need biofuels, they can’t be met with EVs alone

biofuels photo Robert Couse-Baker-slider

The decarbonisation of the transport sector presents a huge challenge for Europe, writes Paul Deane of the Environmental Research Institute in University College Cork, Ireland. Many people believe electric vehicles (EVs) are the answer, but according to Deane biofuels will need to deliver most of the targets for the time being. “EVs will have their day but it may be further down the road than we hoped.” … [Read more...]