Posts in the 'Energy + Climate Change' category
Electric School Buses Can Fight – or Further — Inequity in the US
Electric School Buses Can Fight – or Further — Inequity in the US
More than 20 million students in the United States ride school buses every year. This equals approximately 7 billion trips per year, making school buses one of the most widely used forms of public transport in the United States.  But those trips aren’t always ...
Local Governments Have Opportunities to Accelerate the E-Mobility Transition in the U.S. With New Federal Funding
Local Governments Have Opportunities to Accelerate the E-Mobility Transition in the U.S. With New Federal Funding
The passage of the Inflation Reduction Act and Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act marked two of the most profound pieces of climate legislation in U.S. history. With approximately $370 billion available for climate and clean energy investments and $50 billion ...
A Greener, Cleaner and Better Vietnam Through Transport Decarbonization
A Greener, Cleaner and Better Vietnam Through Transport Decarbonization
This is the third installment in a series of articles documenting lessons learned across NDC-TIA country activities, to be published throughout 2022. In Vietnam, a country home to 97 million inhabitants, there are 65 million registered motorcycles and mopeds,1.5 million ...
Zero-Emission Delivery Zones: A New Way to Cut Traffic, Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gases
Zero-Emission Delivery Zones: A New Way to Cut Traffic, Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gases
Urban freight and delivery services boomed during the COVID-19 pandemic as consumers switched to online shopping when businesses were forced to close. The surge in online market activity that began in 2020 builds on a decade of steady growth related to the ...
3 Takeaways from the Africa-India TUMI E-Bus Study Tour
3 Takeaways from the Africa-India TUMI E-Bus Study Tour
Electric buses are key to decarbonizing cities. Compared to internal combustion engine buses and cars, they improve air quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, are cheaper to operate and are more reliable in many cases. But the transition to electric buses ...
3 Essentials for Integrated Urban Climate Action
3 Essentials for Integrated Urban Climate Action
Cities have never been more engaged on climate action. At the 2021 UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), more than 1,100 cities representing a quarter of global CO2 emissions signed up to the Cities Race to Zero. In doing so, they committed ...
4 Lessons on How to Transform to Zero-Emission Transport in India
4 Lessons on How to Transform to Zero-Emission Transport in India
Vehicle ownership per capita has grown five‐fold in India since 2000. As a result, passenger transport activity has more than tripled, and energy demand more than doubled from 2000 to 2020. The transport sector is the third largest greenhouse gas ...
The State of Electric School Bus Adoption in the US
The State of Electric School Bus Adoption in the US
Editor’s Note: This article was updated in September 2022 to present new findings from WRI’s dataset tracking electric school bus adoption in the United States, covering April to June 2022. To the best of our knowledge, these statistics are up to date as ...
How Prepared Are US Cities to Implement the Justice40 Initiative?
How Prepared Are US Cities to Implement the Justice40 Initiative?
As hubs of talent and innovation, American cities are uniquely positioned to fight climate change and improve the health, economy and well-being of their residents. The Biden administration’s Justice40 Initiative and funding available through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) provide rare ...
4 Quick and Sustainable Solutions to High Gas Prices in the US
4 Quick and Sustainable Solutions to High Gas Prices in the US
President Biden suggested that the United States implement a Federal Gas Tax holiday to help consumers weather historically high gas prices. Gas prices doubled in the United States between February 2021 and June 2022, topping out at more than $5 ...
Electric School Buses Win Big in US State Legislative Sessions
Electric School Buses Win Big in US State Legislative Sessions
Electric school buses are experiencing rapid growth in the United States, with a nearly 10-fold increase in commitments by school districts and fleet operators in the past year. Thirty-eight states have now committed to procure more than 12,000 electric school buses.   In ...
Electric Bus Commitments in Mid-sized Colombian Cities Are Adding to National Momentum
Electric Bus Commitments in Mid-sized Colombian Cities Are Adding to National Momentum
Cities are increasingly trying to discern what post-pandemic resilience will look like, especially in terms of mobility and public transport. And in Colombia, cities are known for their innovations in public transport systems — like Bogotá’s bus rapid transport and ...
We Need Electric School Buses, And We Need More Students Walking and Biking to School
We Need Electric School Buses, And We Need More Students Walking and Biking to School
As our colleagues have covered previously, there are clear health and environmental benefits to adopting electric school buses instead of their diesel counterparts, which account for more than 90% of the U.S. school bus fleet and result in harmful exhaust ...
8 Ways US States and Cities Can Create an EV Charging Network
8 Ways US States and Cities Can Create an EV Charging Network
Electric vehicles (EVs) are on the rise in the United States. The Biden administration aims for 50% of new light-duty vehicle sales to be zero-emission by 2030. Some states have even more ambitious targets, like California, Massachusetts and New York, which plan to reach 100% new ...
7 Ways US Cities Can Make Clean Energy Initiatives More Equitable
7 Ways US Cities Can Make Clean Energy Initiatives More Equitable
America’s clean energy appetite continues to grow, with more than 180 U.S. cities committed to 100% renewable electricity. While this is promising, more needs to be done to expand the full benefits of clean energy to everyone in these communities. Historically, whiter, ...
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