Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Fuel

Government Plans to Require Large Contractor Emissions Reports

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Federal regulators have proposed a new climate-reporting rule that would require large federal contractors to publicly disclose their greenhouse gas emissions, climate-related financial risks and science-based emissions reduction targets.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
November 17, 2022
Government, Business, Safety, Fuel

Senate Debates Freight-Centered Budget Bill

Port of Los Angeles Containerships at the Port of Los Angeles. The budget bill would dedicate $3 billion to reduce air pollution and carbon emissions at the country’s ports. (Kyle Grillot/Bloomberg News)

Legislation that aims to reduce emissions at commercial ports and freight corridors is topping Senate Democrats’ legislative priorities ahead of the upcoming congressional summer recess.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
August 4, 2022

FHWA Announces Plan for States, Localities to Track GHG Emissions

Haze-shrouded Los Angeles skyline A dense haze shrouds the Los Angeles skyline. The FHWA proposed rule would give state DOTs and metropolitan planning organizations flexibility to set their own C02 emission targets. (jpa1999/Getty Images)

The Federal Highway Administration has announced a notice of proposed rulemaking for states and municipalities to track and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
July 7, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel

Appellate Court Strikes Down GHG Rule for Trailers

trailers Trucks with trailers parked at a rest stop. (photovs/Getty Images)

A divided federal appeals court has thrown out portions of the 2016 Phase 2 greenhouse gas emissions rule that would have required heavy- and medium-duty trailers for the first time ever to adopt some combination of fuel-saving technologies.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
November 12, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

Coalition Asks Biden Administration to Reduce Truck Emissions by Fall 2022

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A wide-ranging coalition of business, science and environmental groups is calling on the Biden administration to within the next 18 months set “multi-pollutant climate and clean air standards” that will eliminate particulate matter, oxides of nitrogen and greenhouse gas emissions from new freight trucks and buses.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
March 25, 2021
Government, Business, Fuel

Automakers Side With Trump in Legal Fight With California

Smoggy L.A. Downtown Los Angeles is shrouded in early morning coastal fog and smog. (Richard Vogel/AP)

WASHINGTON — General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, Toyota and many others in the auto industry are siding with the Trump administration in a lawsuit over whether California has the right to set its own greenhouse gas emissions and fuel-economy standards.

October 29, 2019

Transport Sector Now Largest Source of Greenhouse Gas Pollution in US

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For the first time in 40 years, power plants are no longer the biggest source of U.S. greenhouse gas pollution. That dubious distinction now belongs to the transport sector: cars, trucks, planes, trains and boats.

Tom Randall | Bloomberg News
December 4, 2017
Government, Business, Equipment

CARB Will Regulate Trailers If EPA Vacates Section of Phase 2


Whatever federal authorities may or may not do to alter parts of the U.S. Phase 2 regulation of greenhouse gases from trucks, California will keep regulations in place that are at least as tough as the October 2016 final rule, and might even get more strict and encompass aspects of nitrogen oxide emissions.

Jonathan S. Reiskin | Associate News Editor
September 13, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Speedy Change for GHG Phase 2 Not Expected

Trailer aerodynamics Provisions in the Phase 2 rule under EPA review include trailer aerodynamics such as this. (Ridge Corp.)

A notice from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to revisit parts of the Phase 2 final rule on greenhouse gas emissions from heavy- and medium-duty trucks isn’t likely to create changes quickly, as the agency has not presented plans for expedited action and environmental groups are vowing to pursue a challenge in a federal appeals court — once the case is no longer being held in abeyance.

Jonathan S. Reiskin | Associate News Editor
August 31, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment

EPA Will Revisit Phase 2 Trailer, Glider Rules

Strick trailer under construction A Strick trailer under construction. (Roger W. Gilroy/Transport Topics)

In a move to respond to concerns by the trailer and glider industry, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced it plans to “revisit” its Phase 2 provisions on greenhouse gas emissions and fuel efficiency for medium- and heavy-duty engines.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
August 18, 2017