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Category: Environment

Carbon Disclosure Project Supply Chain Report 2012 - 3/30/2012
The Carbon Disclosure Project's (CDP) Supply Chain Report for 2012 is the group's fourth annual global study highlighting the preparedness of supply chains for climate...

Development of a Methodology for the Assessment of Sea Level Rise Impacts - 4/18/2012
Although there are numerous studies and models projecting future rates of sea level rise (SLR), there has not been a consensus on how to use...

National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program Request for Proposals - 5/01/2012
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has opened their request for proposals for the fiscal year 2012 National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program. This program...

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Awards $30 Million for Clean Diesel Projects - 10/25/2012
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is awarding $30 million in funding for clean diesel projects through the Diesel Emissions Reduction Program (DERA). This...

Handbook on Applying Environmental Benchmarking in Freight Transportation - 1/09/2013
The Transportation Research Board's (TRB) National Freight Cooperative Research Program has released a handbook highlighting how benchmarking can be used to promote environmental performance by...

Port of Seattle Becomes First West Coast Port to Join Green Marine Environmental Program - 4/17/2013
The Port of Seattle has become the first United States port outside of the Great Lakes region to join Green Marine, the largest voluntary environmental...

2013 SmartWay Excellence Awards Announced - 10/29/2013
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized 55 companies with their 2013 SmartWay Excellence Awards. These awards are presented to shippers, logistics companies, and...

South Carolina Ports Announces Clean Truck Certification Program - 11/12/2013
The South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) has announced a new Clean Truck Certification Program beginning in 2014 in an effort to continue reducing port-related air...

Carbon Footprint of Supply Chains: A Scoping Study - 12/09/2013
TRB's National Cooperative Freight Research Program (NCFRP) has developed a study on the carbon footprint of supply chains. This project discusses the assessment of global...

Northwest Ports Set Goals to Further Cut Diesel Emissions by 2015 - 1/08/2014
Using 2005 as a baseline, the ports of Seattle, Tacoma, and Metro Vancouver, Canada plan to cut diesel emissions by 75 percent per ton of...

Environmental Protection Agency Announces New Port Initiative to Advance Sustainable Technologies - 4/15/2014
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a new initiative to recognize ports taking action to improve environmental performance. As part of this...

Researchers Propose Strategies to Reduce Fuel Consumption in Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicles - 4/15/2014
The National Research Council has released a report identifying strategies for reducing fuel consumption in medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. In this report, researchers identified strategies...

Sustainability Strategies Addressing Supply-Chain Air Emissions - 6/10/2014
The Transportation Research Board's Cooperative Freight Research Program (NCFRP) has released Report 28 discussing strategies for environmental improvement, enhancing performance, and promoting social responsibility of...

Online Tool to Calculate Economic, Environmental Freight Costs - 7/15/2014
Researchers at the Rochester Institute of Technology, the University of Delaware, and the U.S. Department of Transportation's Maritime Administration have completed a five-year initiative to...

Creating a More Sustainable Future with the Maritime Shipping Industry - 8/04/2014
New industry standards and innovations in the maritime shipping industry are reducing greenhouse gas emissions and creating a more sustainable future. United States Maritime Administrator...

Natural Gas for Waterborne Freight Transport: A Life Cycle Emissions Assessment with Case Studies - 9/15/2014
The United States Maritime Administration has published a report studying total fuel cycle emissions associated with natural gas as a marine fuel. Findings from the...

Environmental Protection Agency's SmartWay Honors Green Freight Industry Leaders - 9/29/2014
The United States Environmental Protection Agency has announced the 2014 winners of the SmartWay Excellence Awards for shippers and logistics companies in the United States....

Air Pollution Down Thanks to California's Regulation of Diesel Trucks - 12/31/2014
Between 2009 and 2013, the average emission rate for trucks at the Port of Oakland decreased by 76 percent for black carbon and 53 percent...

MARAD Announces Funding for Air Emissions/Alternative Energy Projects - 6/03/2015
Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced that up to $1.3 million in Federal funding is now available through cooperative agreements for projects supporting vessel emissions reductions and...

EPA, DOT Propose Greenhouse Gas and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Heavy-Duty Trucks - 6/30/2015
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are jointly proposing standards for medium- and heavy-duty...

China Green Freight Assessment: Enabling a Cleaner and More Efficient Freight System in China - 11/27/2018
China is currently struggling with very poor air quality. The country is investing in cleaner more efficient energy sources to reduce emissions. The freight sector...

CARB Aggressively Pursues Tougher NOx and PM Emissions Reductions - 1/31/2019
During a public workshop on January 23, 2019, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) outlined their plan to require signification reductions in nitrogen oxides and...

Heavy-Duty Vehicles in China Cost-Effectiveness of Fuel Efficiency and CO2 Reduction Technologies for Long-Haul Tractor-Trailers in the 2025-2030 Timeframe - 4/10/2019
China is the world's largest producer of heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs). This study assess the future costs of advanced long-haul tractor-trailer technologies in China to reduce...

Urban Goods Movement and Local Climate Action Plans: Assessing Strategies to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Urban Freight Transportation - 5/17/2019
Goods Movement has become more difficult in urban areas, causing an increase in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Most U.S. Cities' climate action plan (CAP) do...

Shipping and Trucking Industries Gearing Up for New 2020 Ocean Vessel Fuel Mandate - 6/04/2019
Starting January 1, 2020, the cargo shipping and cruise line industries will be required to use ultra-low-sulfur diesel. There is concern that the increase in...

Moody's Sees Ships, Trucks, and Rail Having Elevated Credit Risks - 8/01/2019
Shipping, surface transportation, and automotive have been added to Moody's list of industries facing "elevated" risk due to environmental regulations. The biggest near-term challenge is...

Estimating the Infrastructure Needs and Costs for the Launch of Zero-Emission Trucks - 8/29/2019
This report quantifies the infrastructure needs and associated costs for implementing battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell trucks in various applications. It concludes that zero-emission...

Virginia: Testing Recycled Asphalt - 11/06/2019
In 2013, the Virginia Department of Transportation began studying the use of up 45% of reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP) in asphalt surface mixtures. Currently, only...

Current State of NOx Emissions From In-use Heavy-duty Diesel Vehicles in the United States - 12/04/2019
An assessment of the real-world nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions behavior of heavy-duty diesel vehicles as measured using portable emissions measurement systems (PEMS). Some key findings...

Life Cycle Modeling of Technologies and Strategies for a Sustainable Freight System in California - 12/19/2019
California relies on new vehicle and fuel technology to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution caused by their freight transportation system. This report...

Telematics in the Canadian Trucking Industry - 1/22/2020
The United States Environmental Protections Agency's SmartWay program helps companies advance supply chain sustainability by measuring, benchmarking, and improving freight transportation efficiency. With the increase...

CARB Ups Sales Targets for Electric Trucks in California - 5/14/2020
The California Air Resources Board's (CARB) final draft of the Advance Clean Trucks (ACT) standard will accelerate the adoption of zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) in medium-...

Decarbonization of On-Road Freight Transport and the Role of LNG from a German Perspective - 5/26/2020
What are the climate impacts of trucks running on liquefied natural gas (LNG) versus diesel fuel in Germany? Some of the findings of this report...

California Air Resources Board Poised to Adopt E-Truck Rules - 7/09/2020
Heavy duty trucks only make-up about 10% of California's on-road fleet, but accounts for 25% of the state's diesel pollution. The California Air Resource Board...

California's Advanced Clean Trucks Regulation: Sales Requirements for Zero-Emission Heavy-Duty Trucks - 7/29/2020
The California Air Resources Board adopted a rule called the Advanced Clean Trucks (ACT) regulation requiring the sale of zero-emission heavy-duty trucks. Starting with the...

Freightliner Innovation Fleet of Electric Trucks Logs 300,000 miles of Real World Use - 8/21/2020
Freightliner's Innovation Fleet, made up for 30 medium- and heavy-duty electric trucks, has now accumulated over 300,000 of use. The Innovation Fleet is partially funded...

California Allows Private Sales of Electricity as Motor Truck Fuel - 11/12/2020
Private companies are now allowed to resell electricity as a motor fuel, due to a recent modification of California's utility rules that govern resale of...

What will redistribution of imports mean for surface transportation? - 5/05/2021
Continued increases in imports are shifting inbound ocean freight into less-congested ports, causing shifting impacts to surface transportation infrastructure.

What $70+ oil means to container, tanker and dry bulk shipping? - 6/22/2021
As of June 9, 2021, the difference in price between very low sulfur fuel oil and high sulfur fuel oil, both fuel for container ships,...

National Blueprint for Lithium Batteries - 7/01/2021
The United States Department of Energy released a blueprint for establishing a domestic supply chain for lithium batteries, essential components of electric vehicles and clean...

Preparing for LNG by Rail Tank Car: A Review of a U.S. DOT Safety Research, Testing, and Analysis Initiative - 7/01/2021
Currently, liquified natural gas (LNG) does not travel via rail; the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2020 directed the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration...

Podcast: Roundabout: 2021 Midyear Review - 9/09/2021
This podcast discusses the current state of the trucking industry, including cold storage, automation, electrification, and machine learning, in addition to forecasting future trends.

US Gulf ports to offer liquefied natural gas fueling option for ships - 9/09/2021
Ports in New Orleans, Louisiana and Galveston, Texas will soon offer liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueling for ships; LNG is more sustainable than traditional fuels.

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