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Davos

Davos 2017: Auto, Energy Giants Pledge $1.5 bn Hydrogen Investment, Multinationals Partner on Supply Chain Traceability, TerraCycle Recycles Cigarettes

Environmental management is taking center stage at the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Automakers Beat Fuel Economy, GHG Emissions Standards, EPA Says

Cars achieved record-high fuel economy while outperforming greenhouse gas emission standards last year, according to EPA data, even as low gas prices make it more difficult to sell more fuel-efficient vehicles.

GE Puts the Brakes on 25,000-EV Plan

General Electric has downshifted its 2010 pledge – touted at the time as the largest such commitment in history – to buy 25,000 electric autos by 2015, Bloomberg reports. Deb Frodl, GE’s corporate fleet-services chief strategy officer, tells the news service that GE customers wanted more options, so GE has included natural … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: R2/RIOS, CARB, Green Seal, Soil Carbon

 eRecyclingCorps, a provider of carrier-grade mobile device trade-in services, said that it has achieved Responsible Recycling (R2) and Recycling Industry Operating Standard (RIOS) certifications for its Irving, Texas, headquarters. R2/RIOS indicates that eRC is operating at the highest industry standards for quality refurbishment, consumer data protection, environmental responsibility and employee … Read more »

GM

GM Invests $500 in Autonomous Vehicle Partnership

General Motors will invest $500 million in ride-sharing company Lyft to create a network of on-demand autonomous vehicles in the US. “We see the future of personal mobility as connected, seamless and autonomous,” said GM president Dan Ammann in a statement. “With GM and Lyft working together, we believe we … Read more »

Formula One to Cut Emissions 12.4%

Formula One is launching an initiative to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 12.4 percent in three years, according to news reports. A story on the BBC reported that the plan is the result of an audit of the organization by Trucost, which the business launched in response to pressure … Read more »

China and U.S. Will Lead the Next-Gen Electric Vehicle Race

The world’s largest automotive markets, U.S. and China, are also the greatest consumers of energy. China consumed the equivalent of 2.3 billion tons of oil in 2009, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA), and is expected to demand the equivalent of 2.8 billion tons of oil by 2015. While … Read more »

Hyundai Pledges 50 MPG for Cars and Trucks by 2025

Hyundai Motor America says it plans to achieve a corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) rating of at least 50 miles per gallon (mpg) by 2025 for its passenger cars and light duty trucks. To meet this new goal, Hyundai plans to leverage the company’s global Blue Drive strategy, aligning R&D … Read more »

EPA Proposes Fuel Economy Stickers

Beginning in 2012, new labels will help end the confusion caused by a new generation of electric and hybrid cars, fastcodesign.com reports. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation on Monday released two proposed window stickers designed to make it easier for consumers to compare vehicles. The … Read more »

Plug-In EV Market to Sell 3.2M Units by 2015

Global adoption of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) as well as battery electric vehicles (BEVs) is expected to takeoff over the next five years, with sales totaling 3.2 million vehicles between 2010 and 2015, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 106 percent, according to a new report from … Read more »

60 MPG Average Unlikely for 2025 Fuel Standard, Regulators Say

The Obama administration has moved closer to announcing the next round of fuel economy and greenhouse gas emission standards for cars and light trucks, the New York Times reports. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Transportation Department sent a notice last Friday to the White House regulatory review office … Read more »

Honda Retains ‘Greenest Automaker’ Title in UCS Rankings

Robert Bienenfeld, senior manager, environmental and energy strategy, for American Honda, shares the company’s views on the future of the automobile and its “portfolio approach” to environmental technologies. Honda also has retained its “Greenest Automaker” title for the fifth consecutive year in the latest automaker rankings from the Union of … Read more »