US environment agency strengthens green rules

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has strengthened the nation’s emission regulations. Speculation suggests it may be trying to lock-in fuel economy rules to protect them from being eroded by President-elect Trump when he enters power. The Obama Administration has been fairly successful in tackling pollution and climate change during its time in office, setting rules in 2012 that dictated […]

US says driverless cars will make roads safer

US regulators have said the roads will be safer when cars are driven by machines and not by people. New guidelines announced by the Department of Transportation this week targeted four main autonomous vehicle areas of interest. It outlined safety standards, called for states to come up with uniform policies, clarified how current regulations will be applied and opened doors […]

Obama’s green policies keep on truckin’

President Obama is to set new greenhouse gas and fuel efficiency standards for big-rig trucks. The new regulations were proposed last year and next week will become law, to be implemented under the next president’s watch. These trucks account for almost 20% of US greenhouse gas emissions and oil consumption while only making up about […]

Obama ‘has done more for US energy efficiency than any other president’

US President Barack Obama has done more for saving energy than any other previous president. His Department of Energy (DoE) has set more new standards for power efficiency appliances and products than any past administration, according to a report by the Appliance Standards Awareness Project and American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. DoE estimates that standards […]

Obama offers loans for EV charging infrastructure

US President Barack Obama has launched an initiative to promote the deployment of electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructures across the country. He is providing up to $4.5 billion (£3.37bn) in loans to support the commercial-scale deployment of innovative EV charging facilities. The Obama Administration has also launched a process to identify where to prioritise zero emission […]

Obama targets 1GW of solar for low income families

US President Barack Obama plans to deploy 1GW of solar installations to low income families by 2020. The new target is a 10-fold increase of the initial target he set in his Climate Action Plan in which he aimed to install 100MW of renewable energy on federally-assisted affordable housing. The project will result in lower energy […]

Obama’s Clean Power Plan ruling delayed

A US appeals court has decided to delay the review of President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan. He has proposed to reduce emissions from power plants by 32% by 2030. The Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit announced the case, which was scheduled for a discussion on the 2nd of June, will now […]

Obama sets new rules for methane emissions from oil and gas

The US Government has announced new steps to cut methane emissions in the oil and gas sector. The Environment Protection Agency’s (EPA) rule will cut emissions from new, modified and reconstructed oil and gas sources including hydraulically fractured oil wells and equipment used across the industry. It expects to reduce 510,00 short tonnes of methane by 2025 […]

Obama seeks to double funding for clean energy

US President Barack Obama plans to double funding for clean energy research and development by 2020. In his Weekly Address he said the proposal, which aims to tackle climate change, will be presented to the Congress on Tuesday. If the Republicans approve it, the budget would be more than $12 billion (£8bn). Mr Obama added: “This […]

US needs to ‘accelerate transition away from dirty energy’

The US needs to accelerate the transition away from dirty energy. That was the message from President Barack Obama in his last State of the Union Speech where he promised to change the way fossil fuels are managed. He said: “Rather than subsidise the past, we should invest in the future – especially in communities […]