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Battery Development in the Auto Industry Leads to Electrification of Ships and Planes

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With the release of the new Tesla semi-truck in November, the public’s attention was captured with the idea of emission-free movement of freight.  In the United States, over 70% of freight is carried at some point by truck, and the potential transition from diesel to electric could have a dramatic impact on emissions. However, recent developments have … Continue reading this entry

State Implementation Update for Revisions to Hazardous Waste Generator Rule

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By Guest Author:  Michael Blankestyn of TRC Environmental Corporation The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published revisions to hazardous waste generator regulations on November 28, 2016.  These revisions went into effect at a federal level and for non-delegated states on May 30, 2017.  Authorized states are required to adopt the more stringent provisions by July … Continue reading this entry

European Union Proposes Stricter Emissions Targets and Incentives For Electric Vehicles

On November 8, the European Commission proposed a new set of emissions standards for vehicles, starting in 2030.  The standards include a further 30% CO2 emissions reduction for new cars and vans, on top of the standards in place for 2021. These targets are proposed within the European Union’s 2030 climate and energy framework, adopted … Continue reading this entry

GM Announces Plan to Introduce 20 New Electric Vehicles by 2023

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On Monday, General Motors announced plans to execute on its commitment to a future with “zero emissions, zero congestion and zero crashes.” Two new all-electric vehicles (based on learnings from the Bolt) will be introduced over the next 18 months, part of a whopping 20 new all-electric models that will launch by 2023.  In addition, GM … Continue reading this entry

Fewer Diesel Options Available for 2018 Light Duty Vehicles

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Consumer options for light duty diesel vehicles are expected to be slimmer next year.   The U.S. Department of Energy and EPA released its preliminary 2018 Fuel Economy Guide, which lists just 11 light duty diesel vehicles, with 21 models from five manufacturers represented.  In contrast, the 2017 guide listed 28 models from eight manufacturers.  This … Continue reading this entry

China Joins the Club of Nations Planning Fossil Fuel Car Bans

As this blog has reported over the last few months, several countries have announced their intention to ban the sale of internal combustion-powered cars in the coming years.  But the latest to take this step—China—might be the most impactful of all in many ways.… Continue reading this entry

With Electric Cars on the Horizon, the Internal Combustion Engine Fights Back

Turbulence in global fuel economy standards are putting new pressures on the automotive industry to shift its thinking on gasoline and electrification. In late July, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) formally announced its upcoming reevaluation of Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for 2022-2025. Since the 1970s, NHTSA has been setting fuel economy … Continue reading this entry

Electrification of the Auto Industry Steps on the Gas

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On the heels of Volkswagen announcing moves toward electrifying its vehicle fleet, and Tesla beginning its production run of its highly anticipated Model 3, several other recent developments show momentum continuing to build toward the replacement of fossil fuels with electricity to power the cars of the future.… Continue reading this entry

Governments Pursue Legislation to Bolster Electric Vehicle Usage

Around the world, governments are considering how to spur electric vehicle adoption and usage. One area of focus is infrastructure development. In the United Kingdom, the Queen’s Speech included the announcement of an Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill. The Queen’s Speech, which marks the State Opening of Parliament, identifies the laws that the government hopes … Continue reading this entry

President Trump Orders EPA Review of Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards

One of the more aggressive steps taken by the Obama administration to reduce carbon emissions was to have the EPA set an ambitious target for Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards: 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025.  In a release in the closing days of the administration, the EPA reaffirmed its commitment to this standard, citing the benefits … Continue reading this entry

U.S. EPA Issues Revisions to Hazardous Waste Generator Rule, To Be Finalized in October 2016

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The following post is provided by our guest author, Karen Lutz from TRC Environmental Corporation. Karen can be reached at klutz@trcsolutions.com.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published proposed revisions to Hazardous Waste Generator regulations in September 2015. The public comment for the proposed revisions closed at the end of December 2015 and the revisions are … Continue reading this entry

Enjoy Your Holiday Weekend!

The Dashboard Insights team wishes you a safe and happy Labor Day. We’ll be back to our regular posting on Thursday, September 8. Thanks for your continued support of our blog!… Continue reading this entry

EPA Publishes Final Phase 2 Rule for GHG Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published a joint set of greenhouse gas and fuel efficiency standards for new medium and heavy-duty vehicles and engines on August 16, 2016. The new standards apply to companies that manufacture, sell or import into the United States Class 2b through … Continue reading this entry

European Commission Sets “Low-Emission Mobility” Strategy, Aiming for Zero-Emission Vehicles

Last month the European Commission continued its drive towards reducing carbon emissions by releasing a low-emission mobility strategy. The strategy identifies key transportation initiatives of the European Commission and areas in which it anticipates future studies, guidance, and, ultimately, regulations and standards. Key areas of focus include:… Continue reading this entry

OSHA Finalizes Crystalline Silica Rule, Effective June 2016

Suppliers Get Ready For Your Recalls
The following post is provided by our guest author, Karen Lutz from TRC Environmental Corporation.  Karen can be reached at klutz@trcsolutions.com.  After years in the making and thousands of comments to the proposed rule from 2013, OSHA has finalized the Crystalline Silica Rule for General Industry and Maritime. The final rule was published in the … Continue reading this entry

Good Automotive Emissions News

There certainly has been plenty of bad emissions news in the past few months in the Automotive Industry. How about some good news? The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently reported that “Automakers Beat Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards for Third Straight Year”. Moreover, overall fuel economy continued its record high level.… Continue reading this entry

Michigan Storm Water Update – July 2015

The following post is provided by our guest author, Karen Lutz from TRC. Karen can be reached at klutz@trcsolutions.com.  What? – If you have an industrial/manufacturing facility in Michigan, and storm water runoff is exposed to industrial materials and/or industrial activities which discharge to waters of the state, you are likely subject to storm water … Continue reading this entry

EU Seeks to Balance Emissions Controls and Global Competitiveness

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The European Union has placed a growing emphasis on climate change policies in recent years, and the week of June 15–19 marks the 10th annual European Union Sustainable Energy Week focusing on “sustainable mobility,” decarbonisation, and other energy topics. Earlier this year, the European Commission released its Energy Union proposal for the Paris Protocol, calling … Continue reading this entry

CDP Announces Climate Change Reporting Changes for 2015

The following post is provided by our guest author, Karen Lutz from TRC Environmental Corporation. Karen can be reached at klutz@trcsolutions.com.  CDP, an international nonprofit organization that provides a global system for measuring, reporting and managing vital environmental information, is issuing requests to thousands of companies this month, asking them to report business risks, opportunities, management … Continue reading this entry

EPA Announces It Will Release New Guidelines on Vehicle MPG Ratings

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The EPA announced, on February 23, 2015, that it will release new guidelines for vehicle fuel economy testing. The new guidelines will apply next year and will address how vehicles should be prepared and broken in before fuel economy testing. The testing for fuel economy has not been updated in ten years, and the guidelines … Continue reading this entry

China Market Update

U.S. and Japan Continue Talks on Auto Tariffs
The Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA) recently presented on February 4th its annual China Market update webinar, and as usual a lot of great information was imparted to OESA members. The presentations included a review of the “China Auto Market Dynamics” by Yale Zhang, Managing Director of Automotive Foresight in Shanghai, and a review of … Continue reading this entry