"DOWNSPEEDING LONG-HAUL TRUCKS IS A KEY STRATEGY FOR FLEETS, , AND BUILDS UPON THE USE OF ELECTRONICALLY-CONTROLLED TRANSMISSIONS AND OPTIMIZING ENGINE PARAMETERS." Mike Roeth, Operation Lead, Trucking Efficiency
Although it has been around for decades, downspeeding—the practice of using fast gear ratios that lower the speed of the engine—has become more widespread because of recent complementary technologies that have made it more attractive. Downspeeding is now one of the primary powertrain-focused strategies for improving the fuel economy of both over-the-road long-haul tractor-trailers and regional-haul daycab trucks that operate at highway speeds much of the time. Read More.
"THIS PUBLICLY VOTED AWARD PROVES THAT CARBON WAR ROOM'S APPROACH OF FORGING PROFITABLE ENERGY EFFICIENCY SOLUTIONS HAS HAD REAL IMPACT ON THE SHIPPING INDUSTRY." José María Figueres, Chair of the Board, Rocky Mountain Institute and Carbon War Room
As part of London International Shipping Week, Carbon War Room (CWR) was awarded the Outstanding Contribution to Ship Efficiency Award at the Ship Efficiency Awards 2015. The award, determined by a public vote, honours the individual, company, or association that has made significant advances in improving the energy efficiency or environmental impact of the maritime industry.
CWR was shortlisted for the award by a judging panel of industry experts, based on its success in driving profitable emission reductions within the shipping industry. Read More.
"NOW IS THE TIME FOR AMBITIOUS SHIPOWNERS AND CHARTERERS TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE MULTIPLE TECHNOLOGIES AVAILABLE. NEVER BEFORE HAS THEIR BEEN SO MUCH CONFIDENCE IN EFFICIENCY TECHNOLOGIES AND THE ECONOMIC BENEFITS THEY YIELD." Jose Maria Figueres, Chair of the Board, Rocky Mountain Institute and Carbon War Room.
Carbon War Room (CWR) today issued a request for proposals (RFP) to shipowners or charterers for a grant that will help finance a single-vessel retrofit with a bundle of proven technologies. The retrofit will result in a
minimum fuel savings of 10–15%. Up to 200,000 USD will be granted by CWR to fund the installation of continuous monitoring equipment. CWR will also commission independent, third-party analysis of the collected data, which will verify the benefits of the multi-technology retrofit and provide a ‘proof of concept’ for the entire industry. CWR analysis of over 100 existing ships has shown that vessels can achieve efficiency gains of at least 10–15% by retrofitting with a bundle of proven energy efficiency technologies. These include advanced hull coatings, ducts, fins, and new propellers. This builds on a previous report by CWR, Hidden Treasure – Financial Models for Shipping Retrofits, which explored a viable financing model whereby repayment is tied directly to fuel savings. Read More.
"WE BELIEVE THAT OUR RECENT PARTNERSHIP WITH CLINTON CLIMATE INITIATIVE AND NOW IRENA WILL ALLOW US TO DEPLOY GREATER EFFORT AND RESOURCES MORE EFFICIENTLY AND MOVE ISLANDS TO A POINT OF UNSTOPPABLE MOMENTUM ON RENEWABLE ENERGY." Jules Kortenhorst, CEO, Rocky Mountain Institute
Two US-based organizations joined the International Renewable Energy Agency’s (IRENA) SIDS Lighthouses Initiative today to help island nations accelerate the deployment of renewable energy and transition away from fossil fuels. The Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI), an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, and Rocky Mountain Institute-Carbon War Room (RMI-CWR), through their island partnership, will jointly work to achieve small island developing states (SIDS) Lighthouses Initiative objectives and explore opportunities for coordinated assistance to SIDS with other partners of the initiative. Read More.
"THE VALUE OF LIGHTWEIGHTING DIFFERS DEPENDING ON DIFFERENT MARKET SEGMENTS. HOWEVER, WHEN LIGHTWEIGHTING IS LOOKED AT NOT ONLY TERMS OF BETTER FUEL ECONOMY BUT ALSO WITH A GROWING NEED FOR IMPROVED FREIGHT EFFICIENCY, IT MAKES SENSE IN A WIDER VARIETY OF SITUATIONS," Mike Roeth, Operation Lead, Trucking Efficiency
Emissions regulations, coupled with fuel economy features and driver amenities, have added about 1,000 lbs. to a typical Class 8 truck. In addition, denser freight has resulted in a need for increased payloads. However, fleets have been reluctant to invest in technologies to reduce vehicle weight. This is because different segments of the trucking industry value lightweighting differently, depending on the value they can get from adding
additional freight into each truckload. The latest Confidence Report released today by the North American Council for Freight Efficiency and Carbon War Room explores the benefits and challenges of lightweighting for Class 8 tractors and trailers. Read More.