Twenty nine percent of all carbon emissions come from the transportation sector. And, some estimates are higher. In 2018, twelve states (and the District of Columbia) in the Northeast responded, creating the Transportation and Climate Initiative to improve transportation, develop the clean energy economy and reduce carbon emissions from the transportation sector. This initiative is being facilitated by the Georgetown Climate Center.
By Alexander C. Kaufman
New research shows that the U.S. can rapidly decarbonize with existing technology and no real lifestyle changes.
By Anne C. Mulkern
California will ban sales of new gas-fueled cars after 2035 under an executive order signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom today.
By Anmar Frangoul
They include an aircraft that would use turbofan engines and carry between 120 and 200 passengers. With a range of more than 2,000 nautical miles,…
By University of Reading Photo: Manchester Metropolitan University
Aviation has been calculated to be 3.5 percent of all human activities that drive climate change, new research shows.
By Elaine Glusac
Can a post-vaccine return to travel be smarter and greener than it was before March 2020? Some in the tourism industry are betting on it.
By David Shepardson
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) and major automakers on Monday confirmed they had finalized binding agreements to cut vehicle emissions in the state, defying…
By Emily Folk
The Trump administration has reversed 68 environmental regulations over the past three years. There are more than 30 supplementary rollbacks that have yet to be…
JetBlue is the First U.S. Airline to Commit to and Achieve Carbon Neutrality for All Domestic Flying
Preparing for a New Climate Reality, JetBlue Begins Offsetting Emissions for All Domestic Flights and Investing in Sustainable Aviation Fuel, Significantly Reducing its Contribution to…
By Alexander C. Kaufman
It’s the first time the Trump administration is adding rules on carbon dioxide. But it isn’t a sudden change of heart on climate.
By Kristoffer Tigue Photo: Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images
Transit agencies ask Congress for relief as commuters return to their cars and fare revenues tank. Meanwhile, driving direction requests—and carbon emissions—soar.
By S.L. Fuller
Governors from 15 states and the mayor of Washington, D.C., signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to ensure 100% of medium- and heavy-duty sales are…
The Transportation and Climate Initiative is a collaboration of Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states and the District of Columbia. In December 2018, nine TCI states and D.C. committed to design and create a market-based program over…
State and regional transportation agencies across the country are facing extreme weather events that damage roads and bridges and cost large sums to repair, not to mention the cost to the economy from disrupted travel.
Transportation is the largest source of planet-warming greenhouse gases in the United States today and the bulk of those emissions come from driving in our cities and suburbs.
Hot weather can actually increase your fuel economy. Your engine warms up to an efficient temperature faster; summer grades of gasoline can have slightly more energy; and warm air causes less aerodynamic drag than cold…
Smart Fuel Choices for a Warming World.
Electric trucks and buses can help tackle climate emissions, reduce diesel pollution, and improve health outcomes in communities burdened by air pollution. However, their widespread deployment requires investing in the infrastructure for charging them.
MacRebur’s mission is to help solve the waste plastic epidemic and the poor quality of roads we drive on around the world today. Our innovative solution involves processing waste plastics destined for landfill or incineration…
Over 90% of all global trade takes place on our oceans. Unfortunately, the network of 59,000 vessels powering international commerce runs on sulfur-laden bunker fuel, and resulting emissions are causing problems on dry land.
The Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) is a regional collaboration of 12 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states and the District of Columbia that seeks to improve transportation, develop the clean energy economy and reduce carbon emissions from…
Burning fossil fuels like gasoline and diesel releases carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, into the atmosphere. The buildup of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases like methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) is…
This page highlights case studies, videos, tools, and other resources from our partners. Adopting efficiencies in shipping cargo, logistics optimization, and intermodal transport can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the global movement of goods…
The Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT) promotes the integration of sustainable transport in global policies on sustainable development and climate change and leveraging action in support of the implementation of the global policies.…
How to reconcile people’s love affair with their vehicles and society’s need to reduce carbon emissions?
By Kieran Cooke Photo by paulhami 6/25/20
The shipping industry is in urgent need of a makeover: while limited attempts are being made to lessen polluting emissions of climate-changing greenhouse gases in the road transport and aviation sectors, shipping lags even further…
by Amy Crawford Photo: Sergei Kibalchich / Getty 6/23/20
Instead of spending billions to bail out airlines, advocates argue for a more carbon-friendly pandemic investment: railroad travel. …
By Damian Carrington 5/27/20
The world’s largest all-electric aircraft is about to take to the skies for the first time. The Cessna Caravan, retrofitted with an electric engine, is expected to fly for 20-30 minutes over Washington state in…
By Chloé Farand 5/26/20
The industry is lobbying to rewrite the rules of a UN aviation pact, in a move researchers say would remove pressure to invest in clean flying technology The post Airlines could get free pass on…
By Annie Petsonk Photo: Pixels.com 5/21/20
The coronavirus pandemic has created a global health and economic crisis that has affected families all over the world and nearly all industries, with aviation taking a particularly steep toll. Airlines may feel under pressure…
California’s experience with buyer liability shows how aviation can help ensure environmental integrity
By Katelyn Roedner Sutter Photo by Adam Clark 5/1/20
The International Civil Aviation Organization is preparing to stand up its market-based emissions reduction program, the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation, or CORSIA. As it does so, ICAO must maintain CORSIA’s environmental…
By Alister Doyle Photo: Fernando Kokubun/Flickr 4/9/20
As the Covid-19 pandemic response hits air traffic, scientists seize the opportunity to study how planes’ contrails trap heat in the atmosphere The post Coronavirus: plane-free skies spur research into warming impact of aviation appeared…
By Rebecca Beitsch 3/31/20
The Trump administration on Tuesday rolled back an Obama-era law that pushes automakers to produce more fuel efficient vehicles, severely limiting a rule designed to decrease pollution from transportation in the face of climate change.
Engineer Toby McCartney has found a way to mix recycled plastic in with asphalt to make new roads.
The creation of plastic in 1907 marks an important point in mankind and the history of Earth. It is the year in which we created one of the most durable, but also environmentally harmful materials…
By Katie Pyzyk 3/2/20
From mid-December through February, members of the public were asked to submit comments of support or opposition regarding a draft policy from the Transportation & Climate Initiative (TCI). More than 8,300 comments were submitted in…
The airline is the first American carrier planning to purchase “offsets” for carbon emissions from all domestic flights, a move some activists denounce as a stunt….
By Sean O'Kane Photo by Justin Sullivan 2/7/20
The Department of Justice has closed an antitrust investigation into Ford, Volkswagen, Honda, and BMW over a vehicle emissions deal with California that reportedly “enraged” President Trump, The New York Times reports. The DOJ ultimately…
By Coral Davenport Photo by Anastasiia Sapon 2/7/20
The Justice Department has dropped its antitrust inquiry into four automakers that had sided with California in its dispute with the Trump administration over reducing climate-warming vehicle pollution, deciding that the companies had violated no…
By Ellen Rosen Photo by Max Whittaker 1/30/20
Some school districts are replacing diesel buses with electric models to benefit students and the environment. But the change is expensive so utilities like Dominion Energy are helping offset the cost.
Trump promised his mileage standards would make cars cheaper and safer. New documents raise doubts about that.
By Juliet Eilperin and Brady Dennis Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images 1/23/20
President Trump has said his plan to weaken federal mileage standards would make cars cheaper and “substantially safer.” But the administration’s own analysis suggests that it would cost consumers more than it would save them…
By Evlondo Cooper Illustrations by Ceci Freed / Media Matters 1/1/20
Marked by innovative initiatives and high-quality reporting, 2019 was a breakout year for climate journalism. But there is still work to be done. Broadcast and cable TV news are still greatly underreporting catastrophic extreme weather, failing to cover the…
“No other region in the country really has joined hands and said they will tackle transportation emissions, as a region.”…
An initiative among 12 mid-Atlantic and northeast states, as well as Washington, D.C., just released its first draft proposal for lowering vehicle emissions.
By Maxine Joselow 12/10/19
President Trump made some unusual claims about clean car standards last week. Many of them were false, experts say.
BY Bethan Staton Photo by Michal Fludra 12/9/19
Until this year, the EU’s top polluters were mostly coal-fired power plants. But shipping is among the few industries not covered by the Paris climate agreement.
In a bid to decarbonize commercial air travel, Neste U.S. is becoming the largest producer of sustainable jet fuel in the world….
By John Addison 11/21/19
Over 5 million electric vehicles (EV) were on the road at the end of 2018, in the form of electric cars, trucks and buses. In 2018, 2 million of those EVs were added, reported the…
President Trump divides just about everything political he or his administration touches. The latest industry Trump has caused to turn against itself is automaking. Since Day 1 of the Trump presidency, the auto industry has…
By Hiroko Tabuchi Photo by Jeff Kowalsky 10/28/19
Breaking with some of their biggest rivals, General Motors, Fiat Chrysler and Toyota said Monday they were intervening on the side of the Trump administration in an escalating battle with California over fuel economy standards…
By Adele Peters Photo: TechniSoil Industrial 10/24/19
By mixing recycled plastic bottles with chewed up asphalt, the new process repaves a road without adding any new asphalt—and makes it from a material that lasts longer.
By Nadja Popovich and Denise Lu 10/10/19
Transportation is the largest source of planet-warming greenhouse gases in the United States today and the bulk of those emissions come from driving in our cities and suburbs.
Massachusetts joining 11 other states to cut back on carbon emissions from regional transportation, new draft policy shows
By Tanner Stening 10/1/19
Massachusetts and 11 Northeastern and mid-Atlantic states are jointly looking to scale back on gasoline and diesel emissions as part of an effort to implement a regional “low carbon” transportation policy, according to a draft policy…
Environmental organizations support striking United Autoworkers, urge General Motors to agree to a fair contract
A coalition of environmental organizations today sent a letter to Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors, expressing solidarity with the nearly 50,000 autoworkers striking against the corporation. The coalition urged Ms. Barra to agree to…
By Catherine Morehouse Photo: Wikipedia 09/26/19
States and cities across the country are fighting back against the Trump administration’s proposed rule for a singular vehicle emissions and fuel economy standard across the country.
Impervious to a carbon price? The myth of transportation and carbon fees By Jonathan Marshall More than 3,500 U.S. economists, including 27 Nobel laureates, insist that carbon taxes offer “the most cost-effective lever to reduce [greenhouse gas] emissions at…
By Elaine Glusac 9/25/19
Norwegian Cruise Line, the world’s third-biggest cruise company, aims to switch its fleet to paper-based water cartons by 2020.
Trump officials threaten to withhold highway funding from California for its ‘chronic air quality problems’
By Dino Grandoni Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post 9/24/19
Trump administration officials threatened this week to withhold federal highway funding from California, arguing that the state has not shown what steps it is taking to improve its air quality. The move by the Environmental…
By Amelia Lester 09/21/19
It’s choppy days ahead as the message of a young climate change activist and the flight shaming movement hits home.
His pledge came ahead of mass climate change protests which hundreds of the Amazon’s staff will take part in.
CHN investigation discovers “heavy handed” methods used to restrict access to information at the International Civil Aviation Organisation The post Aviations black box: Non-disclosure agreements, closed doors and rising CO2 appeared first on Climate Home…
By Tik Root and John Schwartz Photo: Tyler Varsell 8/28/19
Also this week, Greta Thunberg arrives in New York.
By Jason Plautz Photo: Ian Sane / Flickr 8/27/19
Scooter safety has a new urgency with accidents and deaths on the rise. Cities are now questioning where it’s best to ride them — and who’s going to pay for the infrastructure.
The climate campaigner Greta Thunberg chose to sail to a UN climate conference in New York in a zero-emissions yacht rather than fly – to highlight the impact of aviation on the environment. The 16-year-old…
By Tina Casey 8/20/19
The clean energy revolution means more than simply replacing fossil fuels with low-carbon alternatives. Clean technology can also provide extra benefits for companies in terms of productivity, comfort and convenience.
By Simon Mui States across the country are stepping up to make clean cars cheaper and easier to find. Colorado’s Air Quality Control Commission (AQCC) voted…
By Dino Grandioni Photo: AP Photo/Ben Margot, File 8/6/19
The Trump administration and California are continuing on their collision course over how fuel efficient the next generation of cars and light trucks needs to be.
Major automakers and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) have reached an agreement to increase fleet fuel efficiencies to nearly 50 miles per gallon on average by 2026. The companies–Ford, Honda, Volkswagen and BMW of…
By Marlene CimonsNearly a century ago, German engineer Anton Flettner launched a ship into the ocean. “Without sails or steam, like a ghost ship, it moved…
The Trump administration’s plans to rollback vehicle fuel-economy standards could increase emissions from the light vehicles sector by 13%, a Carbon Brief analysis shows. The increase could reach 85m tonnes of CO2 (MtCO2) in 2035,…
Climate Change Denialists Dubbed Auto Makers the ‘Opposition’ in Fight Over Trump’s Emissions Rollback
By Hiroko Tabuchi 7/2/19
In the early months of the Trump administration, automakers pleaded for — and appeared set to receive — some relief from fuel economy standards that they said were too difficult to meet.
By Jason Plautz Photo by Max Pixel 6/28/19
The Canadian government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the state of California to partner on reducing emissions from cars and trucks. Under the agreement, the two governments will collaborate as they set regulations…
By Maxine Joselow 6/20/19
EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler today accused a California air regulator of negotiating in bad faith over the rollback of clean car standards.
Hydrogen-powered trains are said to be the greenest trains out there. “Mini power stations on wheels”, is how a University of Birmingham researcher describes them, as they give off zero emissions and their only by-product…
White House poised to relax mileage standards, rebuffing automakers and setting up probable fight with California
By Brady Dennis 6/7/19
A last-minute push by automakers appears unlikely to sway the Trump administration from abandoning President Barack Obama’s signature climate policy to improve mileage standards for cars and light trucks, two government officials said Friday.
By Mark Sumner 6/1/19
The initial cost of electric vehicles still tends to higher than that of conventional internal combustion (ICE) vehicles, enough so that EVs are essentially priced out of the market for economy cars. But electric cars…
By Tina Casey 5/24/19
As the urgency of climate action comes into sharper focus, airlines have found themselves on the front lines of the battle over carbon emissions. They have also become a bellwether for innovative solutions.
By Jennifer Bjorhus 5/20/19
Transportation is now the leading source of carbon emissions in the state, and mile by mile, Minnesotans who worry about climate change are focusing on it as the way to cut greenhouse gases.
By Josh Dawsey 5/19/19
Suburban drivers, Amazon deliveries and Uber rides are now the bigger source of greenhouse gases, presenting a new challenge for policy.
By Robinson Meyer 5/17/19
They might even be greener than electric ones.
By Sam Bowman 5/13/19
With climate change and resource management crises making international headlines, the industries building our modern world have taken notice. While our way of life has often been dependent on the use of fossil fuels and…
By Jimmy O'dea 4/23/19
You may know that California has the largest share of electric cars in the United States. But it’s surprisingly large. Despite having 11 percent of the country’s vehicles and 12 percent of the country’s population,…
By Coral Davenport 4/10/19
As the Trump administration prepares to drastically weaken Obama-era rules restricting vehicle pollution, nervous automakers are devising a strategy to handle their worst-case scenario: a divided American auto market, with some states following President Trump’s…
By Robert Walton 4/3/19
A new partnership led by the New York Power Authority (NYPA) will focus on finding and assisting startup businesses focused on electric vehicle and energy storage technologies, aiming to help meet the state’s Green New…
By Jason Plautz 3/25/19
Oslo, Norway is poised to become the first city in the world to use wireless fast-charging infrastructure for its taxi fleet, in part of an effort to deploy only electric taxis by the year 2023.
By Josh Dawsey 3/22/19
General Motors announced a substantial new investment at a Michigan factory Friday that the automaker says underscores its commitment to building vehicles and creating jobs in the United States.
By Christian Wienberg 3/22/19
A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S is about to conduct the shipping industry’s biggest test yet of biofuel as it seeks to cut emissions and meet its target of becoming carbon-neutral by 2050.
By Logan Goldie-Scot 3/5/19
Automakers and policy makers are increasingly voicing their belief that the passenger vehicle of the future will be powered (partially or fully) by electricity. There remains, however, a lack of consensus on the timing and…
By Megan Rowling 3/4/19
With $90 trillion set to be spent by 2030, making sure new infrastructure is built with clean power, runs on it and can withstand worsening climate disasters is key
By Ben Jervey 2/21/19
The Trump administration just took a big step closer to handing the Koch network one of it biggest wins yet under this presidency. Bloomberg has reported that there will be no deal between the Trump…
By Michael Wayland 2/18/19
The last revolution in the pickup market came just a few years ago with the aluminum-body Ford F-150. Amazon is betting that the next one is already under way.
By Susan Scutti 8/13/18
On excessively hot days, there are more likely to be fatal car accidents and food safety problems, and police officers and government food inspectors tend to do less of their duties, according to a study…
By Ken Kimmell 12/18/18
Today, nine states in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region, along with the District of Columbia, announced they will launch a new “cap and invest” system to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from cars, trucks and buses.
By Ken Kimmell 12/18/18
If you would like to be inspired by an example of states working together on an ambitious plan to address climate change, read on—the following is a big deal!
By Coral Davenport 12/13/18
The world’s largest automakers warned President Trump on Thursday that one of his most sweeping deregulatory efforts — his plan to weaken tailpipe pollution standards — threatens to cut their profits and produce “untenable” instability…
By Hiroko Tabuchi 12/13/18
When the Trump administration laid out a plan this year that would eventually allow cars to emit more pollution, automakers, the obvious winners from the proposal, balked. The changes, they said, went too far even…
By John Lippert 10/24/2018
Trump plan won’t save lives, attorney general tells reporters. State will join 18 others in opposition to plan in filing.
By Joe McCarthy Photo: Jeremy Bishop on Unsplash 11/5/18
Roads made from recycled plastic can cut down on plastic pollution.
An innovative solution for all the plastic that is choking the world’s landfills is to recycle it and use it to build roads.
By Ashley Halsey 10/28/18
What should we do with all that plastic choking the world’s landfills? Why not recycle it and use it to build roads? Bound together with plastic polymers, the asphalt will be cheaper and last longer…
By Ryan Beene and John Lippert 10/26/18
The Trump administration has been working to end California’s mandate for automakers to sell more electric cars in the state each year. General Motors, which supports the requirement, now plans to propose a nationwide program…
By Phil McKenna 10/26/18
The International Maritime Organization agreed this year to cut greenhouse gas emissions 50% by 2050, but its members are struggling to agree on how to get there.
By Brady Dennis and Michael Laris 10/26/18
California officials on Friday plan to submit a 400-page repudiation of the Trump administration’s proposal to freeze fuel-efficiency standards for the nation’s cars and trucks through 2026, calling it a deeply flawed, disingenuous effort that…
By Ryan Beene and John Lippert 10/24/18
Two of the biggest automakers and California officials are pushing back on the Trump administration’s proposed rollback of U.S. fuel economy standards.
By Katie Pyzyk 10/24/18
The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) determined that scooters are used both for transportation and recreation and that they are replacing car trips. The survey found scooter riders are primarily male (62% of respondents identified…
By Shay Castle 10/23/18
City council on Tuesday weighed a possible new fee on cars, aimed at shoring up dwindling funds for financing Boulder’s climate goals. The fee would theoretically be tied to fuel efficiency and the value of…
By Alana Masciana 10/15/18
What’s the best way for cities to become more sustainable? For Thomas Abdallah of MTA New York City Transit, the answer is mass transit. Citing the finding that the transportation sector accounts for the largest share of U.S. greenhouse…
By Brad Plumer 8/2/18
Can we improve fuel economy without sacrificing vehicle safety? That’s one contentious issue at the center of the debate over federal fuel economy standards for cars and light trucks.
By Gavin Bade 8/2/18
The Trump administration on Thursday proposed to freeze automobile emission standards at 2020 levels and revoke California’s authority to set its own rules for vehicle efficiency and electric cars.
By Jason Plautz 8/1/18
Startup company Revel Transit has deployed a fleet of electric mopeds in the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Greenpoint, Williamsburg and Bushwick, with plans to expand to all of New York City if things go well.
By Jimmy O'dea 7/19/18
Battery electric buses – the people’s electric vehicle – are becoming more and more common. An increasing number of transit agencies – large and small – are making announcements about purchasing electric buses and putting…
by Diane Englander 7/13/18
The first thing you need to know about aviation’s effect on climate is that carbon emissions cause less than half the harm.
By Jason Plautz 06/19/ 2018
The City of Columbus, OH is offering $30,000 in rebates to taxi companies to replace existing vehicles with electric cars. The seed money will cover 10 electric vehicles and is meant to study the feasibility…
By Marianne Lavelle 4/2/18
The Trump Administration is delivering a double-whammy to the United States’ ability to decrease the CO2 it puts in the atmosphere. First, it is weakening the regulations for American emissions. And, at the same time,…
By Geoff Nesnow 2/9/18
I originally wrote and published a version of this article in September 2016. Since then, quite a bit has happened, further cementing my view that these changes are coming and that the implications will be…
Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states have been working together since 2015 to explore regional policies to reduce carbon emissions and other pollutants from the transportation sector and improve transportation systems.
By Hannah Norman 11/20/16
Will the UN’s new pact to mitigate emissions from aviation go far enough to green air travel?
By Tom Embury-Dennis 11/1/16
Germany is set to introduce the world’s first zero-emission passenger train to be powered by hydrogen.