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NREL Debunks 15% Ethanol Blend Car Damage Claims

There is no evidence that engines that use gasoline with a 15 percent ethanol component will experience engine failure, according to a report conducted by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and sponsored by the Renewable Fuels Association. Review and Evaluation of Studies on the Use of E15 in Light-Duty Vehicles found that … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Keystone Study, Ethanol Decision, Chemical Threats

The heavy bitumen crude that the Keystone XL pipeline would carry is no more likely to cause pipeline leaks than other crude oils, according to a National Research Council report released yesterday, Reuters says. The finding is a major boost for the pipeline’s backers. In his widely anticipated climate speech … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: BP Fine, Chevron Suit, Water Bill, School Asbestos

The European Union has agreed its first law to regulate safety in offshore oil and gas drilling in EU waters, to present for final endorsement from member states and the European Parliament. The legislation covers the criteria for awarding operating licenses and penalties for breaching safety standards. Companies will also … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: E15 and Supreme Court, Pump Standards, BP Settlement

The American Petroleum Institute may take its case against E15 high-ethanol fuel blend to the US Supreme Court. API would need to file a petition for a rehearing on whether E15 damages cars by mid-April. The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia upheld the EPA’s decision to … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Steel ETS Permits, Quebec Cap-and-Trade, India CSR, Solar Grants

The European Commission may give more free pollution allowances to the steel sector next year to counter the risk that the industry could be driven out of Europe. Though the cost of carbon on the EU ETS is at record lows, it is expected to rise. Some in heavy industry … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Climate Action Tracker, German Renewables, Wind PTC, E15

The Climate Action Tracker issued its latest briefing, saying that major nations’ policies are inadequate to limit global warming, and the US is off track in meeting its weak pledge to limit greenhouse gas emissions. The report, issued on the sidelines of the Doha, Qatar, climate talks, said tougher policies … Read more »

Green Fleet Roundup: FedEx to Test Nissan, GE and PayPal, E15 Warning

FedEx will this month begin testing Nissan’s 100 percent electric e-NV200 commercial vehicle in Yokohama, Japan. The e-NV200 test model, which will be used for about one month, will be evaluated for its potential for the delivery of international air cargo. This will be the second test conducted with FedEx, … Read more »