Monthly Archives: January 2008

Hybrids and sustainability

Yesterday, Volvo announced the largest contract of hybrid buses in the history of our company. Nova bus will deliver the buses to Translink in Vancouver in 2009. This is of course a success also for the environment. The hybrid will … Continue reading

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About travel policies and energy consumption

Last week the local region of west Sweden (Västra Götalandsregionen) announced a new travel policy. The 50.000 employees of the region are obliged to use train and bus for transports longer than 50 km. This means that it will no … Continue reading

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EU energy from renewable sources

Today the proposed directive for mastering CO2 in Europe was announced by commissioners Barroso and Dimas. http://www.erec.org/fileadmin/erec_docs/Documents/2008_res_directive_en.pdf It became far more complex than I would have expected (by the bits and peaces that were discussed beforehand). I will therefore have … Continue reading

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Visit by Al Gore

Today we were visited by Al Gore. After the seminars on transports of goods Mr. Gore told me about his lost trust in the present president of the United States. Me, and 1200 other Gothenburg people, that is. I hope … Continue reading

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Important with a technology neutral approach

Let me return to the new European proposal for public procurement that I wrote about the 13th of January: http://ec.europa.eu/transport/clean/promotion/index_en.htm While the spirit and ambition of the proposal is increased harmonisation of public procurement all over Europe there are some … Continue reading

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EU to revise legislation on biofuels

Last summer Volvo Senior vice president of Environmental and Public Affairs, Jan-Eric Sundgren and I wrote an article in the Swedish daily newspaper Svenska Dagbladet. It was titled Weed-out the “environmental” fuels. In short, we brought attention to the fact … Continue reading

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Cost of emissions

In a recent proposal from the European commission harmonised rules for public procurement are proposed: http://ec.europa.eu/transport/clean/promotion/index_en.htm The proposal has the ambition to promote clean and energy efficient vehicles. A major difficulty is to find the right level of detail, to … Continue reading

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A step towards a co-ordinated emission legislation

A new proposal from the European Commission and Parliament is published: http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/automotive/pagesbackground/pollutant_emission/#eurovi First thing that strikes me is that we now speak about milligrams. For Euro V, to be introduced 2009, grams is still the most convenient unit. For NOx … Continue reading

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DME will also be needed

In yesterday’s web news I got a prompt response to my question from yesterday: Who will invest in biofuels? The article describes the Chemrec company that develop and prospect production plants of Di Methyl Ether (DME). The pulp and paper … Continue reading

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The oil price passed $100 per barrel

Yesterday, the oil price passed $100 per barrel. And, again discussions are trigged about sustainable alternatives. Obviously, occasional high values, can not trigger major investments in bio fuels.But, last year the oil price increased by 58%, which is the highest … Continue reading

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