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EMISSIONS: COVID-19 and CO₂: Learning from one challenge for the other

  • Date: 20-04-20
  • Category: EMISSIONS
  • Source: Daimler

April 20, 2020 - This article is appearing while people all over the world are fighting COVID-19. It’s too early to take stock, but we can already learn some lessons from dealing with the pandemic, for another global challenge that will be with us for much longer: climate change.

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MACROECONOMICS: What the 2008 financial crisis can teach us about designing stimulus packages today

Governments around the world are considering massive stimulus packages to try reboot their economies after the worst of the Covid-19 pandemic has past. These huge spending programmes are likely to be once-in-a-generation in scale and will shape countries’ infrastructure for decades to come.

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Electric cars in Europe emit, on average, almost 3 times less CO2 than equivalent petrol/diesel cars.

How much CO2 can electric cars really save compared to diesel and petrol cars? To answer this question we have developed a tool (see below) that compiles all the most up-to-date data on CO2 emissions linked to the use of an electric, diesel or petrol car.

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AUTO PRODUCTION: IHS Markit: global commercial vehicle production to drop 22% in 2020 in wake of COVID-19

Individual regional forecasts are set to a downtrend, and supply chain impacts are being felt, as the consequences of the virus have shuttered manufacturing and supplier facilities around the world. These forecasts are informed by the latest IHS Markit global economic forecast updates, which reflect a 3.0% decline in global real GDP in 2020.

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FUEL CELLS: Climate change: 'Bath sponge' breakthrough could boost cleaner cars

Like a bath sponge, the product is able to hold and release large quantities of the gas at lower pressure and cost. Made up of billions of tiny pores, a single gram of the new aluminium-based material has a surface area the size of a football pitch.

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EMISSIONS: VW may miss 2020 China fuel-use target, exec says

  • Date: 17-04-20
  • Category: EMISSIONS
  • Source: Auto News

Volkswagen Group China may miss its 2020 fuel consumption targets in the world's largest market, forcing it to purchase emissions credits from other automakers, a senior executive said Friday.

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AUTO SALES: Tesla’s China Registrations Soar to Record After Shanghai Plant Reopens

  • Date: 17-04-20
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: Bloomberg

Registrations of Tesla Inc. vehicles rose to a record last month in China after the electric-car maker resumed production at its Shanghai plant that was temporarily idled because of the coronavirus outbreak.

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EMISSIONS: Business backs vehicle emissions laws - Letter to EU policy makers

  • Date: 17-04-20
  • Category: EMISSIONS
  • Source: The Climate Group

Companies have called on the President of the European Commission, Ursula Von der Leyen, to push ahead with 2020 CO2 targets for cars, vans and trucks.

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