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12How VW's hyper-efficient XL1 will influence the next Golf

In 2007, the European Union mandated fleet average CO2 emissions of 158.7 g/km. For 2015, that figure will drop to 130 g/km, and the target for 2020 is an ambitions 95 g/km. Thanks to some German politicking, that target will be phased in from 2020 to 2024, but it will still apply to 80 percent of passenger cars in that first year. In US miles per gallon, that's the equivalent of going from about 35 mpg to 42 mpg to 57 mpg. The current Volkswagen Golf is rated from 85 g/km of CO2 to 190 g/km dep

9Doing nothing on climate change could cost auto industry millions

Business Forward says new EPA rules will add just $7 to cost of new car

When it comes to climate change, the auto industry will be better served by working with the energy industry on cleaner energy plants than dealing with more and more severe weather incidents in the future. That's the finding of a new study by Business Forward, which says that supporting the EPA's new rules – which is supposed to make energy plants 30 percent cleaner – is the right move. The reason lies in just-in-time production methods, which can be tremendously impacted by severe w

35EPA proposes new rules to make US power plants 30 percent cleaner by 2030

A year ago, President Obama put the electricity industry on notice and said that he would implement some sort of limits on carbon emissions. Today, the Environmental Protection Agency unveiled a proposed rule for cleaner electricity generating plants and it would go a long way towards making the "long tailpipe" of electric vehicles even cleaner.

29As of today, Nissan has sold 50,000 Leafs in the US, 115,000 globally

Watch out, America, there are 50,000 Nissan Leaf electric vehicles prowling your streets. That's the official word from Nissan, which says it has just delivered the 50,000th Leaf – a black SL model – to Todd and Lisa Bolt in Dallas, Texas.

7Are hybrids more important to Nissan than EVs?

Nissan chief operating officer Toshiyuki Shiga offered an update on the automaker's "eco-targets" to further cut CO2 emissions and add 15 hybrid models by 2016. At a press conference in Yokohama, Shiga explained the company's commitment to sustainability through its Nissan Green Program 2016. "Thanks to environmentally friendly technology and new products, we are completely in line with our targets for the reduction of CO2 in the usage of vehicles," Shiga said in a video, which you can watch bel

39Should there be a fossil fuel moratorium? Some scientists say yes

Climate change was barely mentioned during October presidential debates, but that doesn't mean the public doesn't care. After all, climate change affected Hurricane Sandy, and that got some media coverage. Some analysts say climate change is just part of historic weather patterns that humans have little say over but most scientists say humans play a big part in the matter, in part through our increasing consumption of fossil fuels.

AddToyota animates Ha:mo mobility network

Automakers will be playing a much different role in cities in the near future, according to Toyota. Manufacturing cars and marketing them through their dealer networks may take a backseat to smart transportation and mobility. See also: Daimler's Car2go.

AddEU considering lowering CO2 emissions targets

One of the reasons that automakers are working so diligently on making more fuel efficient vehicles is because we're forcing them to. We, through our elected officials, have set certain standards that they have to meet in order to sell their wares. One of the strongest is the CO2 emissions limits set by the European Commission in 2008: 130 grams of CO2 per kilometer by 2015. The bad news? The EC might be backpedaling.

AddPortugal leads Europe with lowest CO2 emissions, Sweden lands in last

The fuel efficiency of European vehicles improved in 2010, with CO2 emissions falling by 3.7 percent, according to European Union (EU) data released last Wednesday.

AddStudy: Electric vehicles are way too dirty in China

Operating an electric vehicle in China today emits more greenhouse gases than simply driving a gasoline-fueled equivalent, according to emissions expert Juerg Gruetter of Gruetter Consulting. The reason is that, despite the country's push to promote electric vehicles, China's power grid is so overwhelmingly fed by dirty coal that recharging the battery-powered rides will release far more emissions than just putting gasoline in the tanks of the nation's 200-plus million registered vehicles.

AddEuropean Union says CO2 emissions fell 3.7% in 2010

The fuel efficiency of vehicles sold in Europe in 2010 improved slightly versus those sold in 2009, according to provisional European Union data. The EU says that last year's numbers show that CO2 emissions from passenger vehicles fell by 3.7 percent, moving the average emissions down to 140 grams per kilometer.

AddAudi launches 99 g/km A1 1.6 TDI in Europe

German automaker Audi has launched a revised version of its A1 1.6 TDI with CO2 emissions of 99 grams per kilometer. Its 104-horsepower 1.6-liter diesel-burning engine, which is mated to a five-speed manual transmission, has undergone a slew of revisions that help slash the A1's CO2 emissions from 105 g/km down to just 99 g/km, meaning that this vehicle is now exempt from London's congestion charge.

AddVolvo's "One Tonne Life" challenge almost reaches goal; family gets down to 1.5 tons of CO2 emissions

Back in January, we reported on the Lindell family as they embarked on their "One Tonne Life" challenge outside of Stockholm, Sweden. Three months into the project, the Lindells had reduced their carbon emissions by an impressive 64 percent, dropping from 7.29 tons of CO2 emissions per person per year to just 2.7 tons. Now, some six months into the challenge, the Lindells have slashed their emissions by nearly 80 percent, compared to January, and will finish the project with a paltry 1.5 tons of

AddIEA says CO2 emissions hit record high in 2010, and 2020 reduction target "will be extremely challenging"

Energy-related CO2 emissions in 2010 were the highest ever recorded, according to estimates by the International Energy Agency (IEA). After a dip in 2009, CO2 emissions are estimated to have soared to 30.6 gigatons in 2010, a five percent jump from 2008 levels.

AddShell VP says global CO2 policy is a necessity

A global CO2 emissions policy is "urgently needed" if the world is to avoid political issues in the future, according to Shell.

AddLung Association lobbies for stricter emissions standards in California

As the California Air Resources Board prepares to decide on emissions regulations that could increase fuel economy requirements of 2017 to 2025 model year vehicles, the state's American Lung Association is pushing regulators to adopt stricter standards. In a recent report, the American Lung Association in California claims that the state could save $7.2 billion in health-related costs if more stringent emissions standards were to be adopted. The Lung Association says that, over the course

AddRenault ups the ante for eco2 badging

Back in 2007, Renault introduced its Eco2 line, a branding system to identify the cleanest vehicles in the company's line-up. Back then, these were the rules that the Eco2 vehicles had to follow:

AddAN: CO2 emission tests, real-world numbers don't match

Do new vehicles in Europe actually emit less CO2 than previous models or have automakers simply discovered techniques to skew the results of emissions tests?

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