Category: Transportation

3 cities enter accelerator program to help achieve 100% zero-emissions commercial vehicles by 2030

Read the full story at Smart Cities Dive.

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the International Council on Clean Transportation and other nonprofits and industry groups have awarded Chicago, San Diego and San Jose, California, each with a $100,000 grant to support local partners working to achieve 100% zero-emissions commercial vehicles in their cities by 2030, according to Amanda Eaken, NRDC’s director of transportation with the American Cities Climate Challenge.

The winning cities will use the program’s financial and technical assistance to support the following plans

  • Chicago aims to achieve zero-emissions commercial vehicles in “overburdened communities” through its Drive Clean Chicago program, a cargo e-bike pilot and an incentive program to encourage businesses to transition to electric fleets.
  • San Diego leaders will create a medium- and heavy-duty zero-emission vehicle infrastructure blueprint that transitions decision-making power to the communities most impacted by diesel pollution while identifying obstacles and solutions in the move toward electric vehicles.
  • San Jose, California, will design a zero-emissions neighborhood pilot program, launch an equity task force that includes local residents, aim to pass a “zero emissions resolution” with the city council and establish an urban freight working group with private-sector partners.

The opportunity was made available to the 25 cities participating in the Bloomberg Philanthropies American Cities Climate Challenge, according to Eaken. The three cities stood out based on their commitment and capacity; their collaboration with community partners; their commitment to equity and their realistic ambition for the one-year program, she said. 

‘Driving’ innovation to help eliminate plastic waste

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University of Missouri engineers are working with Dow and the Missouri Department of Transportation to test the use of plastic waste in road pavement mixtures.

Illinois researchers’ onboard CO2 capture tank could decarbonize long-range vehicles

Read the full story at Centered.

Public discussions about transportation electrification often center on cars, trucks, and buses. Little attention tends to go toward electrifying cargo and tanker ships, which account for about 3% of global carbon dioxide emissions. Northwestern University researchers developed a patent-pending onboard carbon capture technology they say works for long-range vehicles like tanker ships, while also showing potential advantages for short-range vehicles. 

Shipping firm Maersk spends £1bn on ‘carbon neutral’ container ships

Read the full story in The Guardian.

Eight new vessels able to run on methanol fuel could help save more than 1m tonnes of carbon emissions a year.

Solar power in trucking’s forecast as fleets find energy, cost savings

Read the full story at Utility Dive.

Marten Transport, Mesilla Valley Transportation and Rush Enterprises are just a few industry players betting on the power of the sun.

Amory Lovins: Decarbonizing industry isn’t just about costs, it’s about profits

Read the full story at GreenBiz.

When talking about deep decarbonization, the cost of deploying new technologies is often a sticking point. It’s time to have a perspective shift. 

This week Amory Lovins, co-founder of RMI and clean energy BAMF, released a paper, “Decarbonizing our toughest sectors — profitably,” encouraging a fresh perspective on the costs of decarbonizing heavy transport and industrial heating. 

Shady ships: Retail giants pollute communities and climate with fossil-fueled ocean shipping

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This report exposes the untold environmental and public health impacts of retail companies’ reliance on fossil-fueled maritime shipping to bring products into the United States.

What’s the true cost of shipping all your junk across the ocean?

Read the full story at Grist.

Take a look around your home and you’ll likely find plenty of goods that traveled by cargo ship to your doorstep. A set of IKEA plates made in China. A dresser full of pandemic-era loungewear, ordered on Target and made in Guatemala, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam. Tracing the impact on the environment from shipping any of these goods is incredibly tricky to do. The data — if you can find it — involves many companies, countries, and cargo carriers. 

Such obscurity makes it hard to count the full cost of our consumption. But a recent report helps unravel some of the mystery.

Deadly coral disease sweeping Caribbean linked to water from ships

Read the full story in The Guardian.

Researchers find ‘significant relationship’ between stony coral tissue loss disease and nearby shipping.

Seaspan issues $750 million Blue Transition Bond to improve climate impact of ships

Read the full story at ESG Today.

Containership owner and operator Seaspan, a subsidiary of asset manager Atlas, announced today the closing of its Blue Transition Bond offering, issuing $750 million senior unsecured notes, significantly ahead of the initial $500 million offering size.  

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