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Environmental Executive Moves: Ford, Axio Recycling, Carbon Clean Solutions, IIRC, DNV GL

Here’s the latest news on hirings, promotions and departures among environmental leaders. Ford: The automaker has hired Rajendra “Raj” Rao (pictured) as CEO of Ford Smart Mobility, Ford’s mobility services business unit. Rao most recently serves as vice president of digital business model innovation at 3M. Axion Recycling: The recycling … Read more »

Mercedes Coupe, SUV Earn Best, Worst Environmental Vehicle Ranking

Mercedes Coupe, SUV Earn Best, Worst Environmental Vehicle Ranking

Mercedes-Benz manufactures the “greenest” and the “meanest” vehicles, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s (ACEEE) 19th annual environmental ratings for vehicles. This is the third year Mercedes’ Smart ForTwo Electric Drive, an all-electric, two-seater has won the top spot on the Greenest List. Also this year Mercedes’ … Read more »

‘Greenest’ and ‘Meanest’ Cars of 2015 Ranked

‘Greenest’ and ‘Meanest’ Cars of 2015 Ranked

For the second year in a row, Mercedes-Benz’s Smart ForTwo Electric Drive convertible coupe is the “greenest” car of the year while the Ram 2500 truck is the “meanest,” or least environmentally friendly, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s annual vehicle environmental ratings. ACEEE’s 18th annual ratings … Read more »

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How ICT Can Improve Freight Efficiency

Information and communications technologies (ICT) can help meet freight performance demands while improving energy efficiency, according to an American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy white paper. Smart Freight: Applications of Information and Communications Technologies to Freight System Efficiency says strategies range from placing freight trucks into electronically-controlled platoons — this … Read more »

Big Rigs Can Cut Fuel Consumption 40%, ACEEE Says

Big Rigs Can Cut Fuel Consumption 40%, ACEEE Says

Fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions standards for medium- and heavy-duty trucks could achieve a reduction in average new truck fuel consumption of at least 40 percent by 2025 from 2010 levels, according to a fact sheet by American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy and four other groups. The EPA … Read more »

Carbon Emission Rules ‘Set to Spur Innovation’

The EPA’s proposed carbon pollution rules for existing power plants can help spur innovation that will make it easier for the world to reduce its emissions, according to analysts at emerging technology advisory firm Lux Research. Lux says the new EPA rules are unlikely to have a dramatic impact on … Read more »

ACEEE Research Supports Full Vehicle Combined with Engine-Only Heavy-Duty Vehicle Standards

ACEEE Research Supports Full Vehicle Combined with Engine-Only Heavy-Duty Vehicle Standards

Structuring incoming environmental and efficiency standards for heavy-duty vehicles so that they are based on the full vehicle including the engine as well as having separate standards for just the engine, could result in better standards, according to research by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy. The ACEEE … Read more »

ACEEE Picks ‘Greenest’ and ‘Meanest’ Cars of 2014

ACEEE Picks ‘Greenest’ and ‘Meanest’ Cars of 2014

Mercedes-Benz’s Smart ForTwo Electric Drive convertible coupe is the greenest vehicle of 2014 while the Ram 2500 truck is the “meanest,” or least environmentally friendly, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s (ACEEE) annual vehicle environmental ratings. The Smart ForTwo Electric Drive earns a highest-ever score of 59 … Read more »

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Cable TV Box Standards to Cut 5M Tons CO2 Annually

Comcast, DirecTV, Cisco, AT&T and other consumer electronics and pay-TV companies, along with the Energy Department and other organizations, have developed standards for cable TV boxes expected to avoid more than 5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year. The voluntary agreement between the DOE, Natural Resources Defense … Read more »

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Mississippi ‘Most Improved’ State in Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency measures are thriving in state capitals around the United States, with several states – including Mississippi, Connecticut, Illinois, and West Virginia – taking major steps that moved them up the ranks. In the seventh annual edition of the State Energy Efficiency Scorecard released by the American Council for … Read more »

Truck Standards Could Cut Fuel Consumption 37% Below Current Levels

Truck Standards Could Cut Fuel Consumption 37% Below Current Levels

The EPA and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s next-phase efficiency standards for heavy-duty vehicles could reduce fuel consumption 37 percent from pre-Phase 1 levels, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). In 2011, the agencies adopted the so-called Phase 1 standards to reduce the fuel consumption and … Read more »

ACEEE: 16 Efficiency Policies Could Save $1 Trillion

ACEEE: 16 Efficiency Policies Could Save $1 Trillion

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy has released a report that highlights 16 policies that would remove market barriers across the economy to investments in energy efficiency, which, if enacted, could save the country approximately $1 trillion in energy bills and 19 quads in energy consumption. Overcoming Market Barriers … Read more »