New EPA Reports: Automakers’ Performance Continues to Outpace Emissions Standards

“Car buyers can go to the showroom knowing that no matter what kind of vehicle they buy, it will be better for the climate—and their wallets—than ever before.”

That’s what Christopher Grundler, director of EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality, had to say about automakers’ progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, following the release of two EPA reports. The reports, both released November 2, show that automakers are not only meeting the emissions standards set by EPA—they are exceeding them. The first, the Greenhouse Gas Manufacturer Performance Report for 2015 Model Year, states that for model year 2015, automakers exceeded increasingly stringent regulations by an average of nearly a mile per gallon. This is the fourth year in a row that automakers have outperformed the standards, and the sixth year in a row of sales increases.

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1. USDA Announces $331 Million Investment for Clean Water Infrastructure in Rural Communities

2. Soil Health Partnership Receives $4M Boost

3. EPA Schedules Public Hearing on Proposed Rule to Update RFS

4. United Airlines Describes Effort to Introduce Aviation Biofuels

5. National Farmers Union Releases 2016 Congressional Scorecard


Upcoming Events: 

1. Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee

November 17, 2016—8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; November 18, 2016—8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Hamilton Crowne Plaza, 1001 14th Street NW., Washington, DC 20005

Purpose of Meeting: To develop advice and guidance that promotes research and development leading to the production of biobased fuels and biobased products.

Tentative Agenda: Agenda will include the following:

  • Update on USDA Biomass R&D Activities
  • Update on DOE Biomass R&D Activities
  • Update the Biomass Research and Development Initiative
  • Annual Committee Recommendations

Members of the public are welcome to observe the business of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee. To attend the meeting and/or to make oral statements regarding any of the items on the agenda, you must contact Elliott Levine at; Email: and Roy Tiley at (410) 997-7778 ext. 220; Email: at least 5 business days prior to the meeting. 


2. Rachel Carson 75th Jubilee Colloquium, Co-Sponsored by EESI

November 30, All-Day Event on Capitol Hill

You are cordially invited to join with the Rachel Carson Council, EESI, and other environmental organizations to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Rachel Carson’s historic arrival on the American environmental and literary scene with her beloved first book, Under the Sea-Wind. Hear and meet leading authors, environmental leaders, and members of Congress at the Rachel Carson Council’s FREE all-day, one-of-a-kind event on Wednesday, November 30, on Capitol Hill. 




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