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MACROECONOMICS: German Business Confidence Worsens, Putting Rebound in Doubt

German business sentiment deteriorated further to its lowest level in more than two years as trade tensions and the rising risk of a no-deal Brexit threaten to hamper a meaningful economic rebound from a summer lull.

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EMISSIONS: European auto industry faces tough CO2 emissions reduction target for 2030

  • Date: 17-12-18
  • Category: EMISSIONS
  • Source: Auto News Europe

BRUSSELS -- Auto industry groups warned that a European Union goal to cut CO2 emissions from cars by 37.5 percent and from vans by 31 percent by 2030 compared to 2021 levels would threaten automotive jobs and consumer choice.

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EMISSIONS: Real-world NOx emissions from remote sensing: An update of the TRUE rating

  • Date: 17-12-18
  • Category: EMISSIONS
  • Source: ICCT

Earlier this year the Real Urban Emissions initiative (TRUE, funded by the FIA Foundation and C40 Cities) completed a project using remote-sensing technology to measure nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions from vehicles on the road at several sites in Greater London. The London project built on work we had done to analyze remote-sensing data collected from numerous locations in Europe over the past decade. The first analysis was the basis for the TRUE rating, a simple categorization scheme that rates

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EMISSIONS: 5 takeaways from the COP24 global climate summit

  • Date: 17-12-18
  • Category: EMISSIONS
  • Source: Politico

1. The agreement won't stop climate change Will the rulebook save the planet? No, it won’t. Current climate pledges — if implemented — will limit warming to about 3 degrees Celsius. That's better than doing nothing, but far above what scientists consider safe.

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FUEL CELLS: Senior China Official Urges Shift Toward Fuel-Cell Vehicles

  • Date: 17-12-18
  • Category: FUEL CELLS
  • Source: Bloomberg

After spending billions of dollars in subsidies for lithium-battery electric cars, China should now shift its focus toward developing vehicles using the competing hydrogen fuel-cell technology, a former top official said.

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FUEL CELLS: Researchers use jiggly Jell-O to make powerful new hydrogen fuel catalyst

  • Date: 14-12-18
  • Category: FUEL CELLS
  • Source: Phys.org

A cheap and effective new catalyst developed by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, can generate hydrogen fuel from water just as efficiently as platinum, currently the best—but also most expensive—water-splitting catalyst out there. Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2018-12-jiggly-jell-o-powerful-hydrogen-fuel.html#jCp

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MACROECONOMICS: France Exacerbates Euro-Area Slowdown as China Weakness Mounts

A gauge of manufacturing and services in the euro region unexpectedly dropped to its lowest in just over four years in December. While the drop was driven mainly by France where the “Yellow Vests” movement led to a contraction, there’s also signs that underlying momentum is dropping off.

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EMISSIONS: EU court backs cities' complaint on emissions, scraps higher NOx limits

  • Date: 14-12-18
  • Category: EMISSIONS
  • Source: Reuters

A European Union court upheld on Thursday a complaint by the city authorities of Paris, Brussels and Madrid against an EU rule change on vehicle emissions they said had increased pollution, and it partly overturned the regulation.

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