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After four years in the company of Donald Trump, Joe Biden’s term will begin next January, and he promises to have a significant from an environmental point of view. The outgoing president has always been opposed to the fight against climate change, so much so that he insisted that the US left out from the Paris Treaty and the final cancellation of the Clean Power Plan, created in 2015.

The decline of sales in the auto market decreases. If July had totaled 136,455 registrations, 11% less than in the same month of 2019, in August we are at 88,801, so only 0.4% less than in the same month of 2019.

According to the international consulting firm Deloitte, an analysis focused on the automotive sector would reveal a short to medium term slowdown in the global transition to electric mobility.

Restart: we are facing many problems and they add to those that there were prior to the Covid-19 emergency.

We are about to publish number 141 of Ecomobile just as we see ourselves in the midst of the corona-virus emergency, which unfortunately involves as protagonist our country, Italy.

The new hybrid Fiat Panda and the Fiat 500 with the same power supply were presented to the international press at FICO Eataly World in Bologna, the theme park dedicated to Italian agricoltural/food bio diversity.

The car market is seriously in crisis, so much that the trade associations Anfia, Federauto and Unrae have issued a joint announcement asking for help

The auto market is showing a slight improvement, but we are still far from recovering, after the forced and disastrous halt imposed by the pandemic.

Energy policy. This troubled spring has anyway seen the restart of an important step for the future of alternative fuels. On April 6th, as foreseen in the Green Deal, the process for the Dafi Directive’s started, with the examination on the infrastructure for the supply of alternative fuels at European level, together with a new consultation launched by the Commission open to citizens and stakeholders.

The working group dedicated to measures to support the demand for means of transportation (MiSE), chaired by the Economic Development Minister Mr. Stefano Patuanelli, met during the automotive round table (see Ecomobile 140).

The Ministry of Economic Development has set up a meeting fully dedicated to the automotive sector, in which have been formed three operative groups to identify the tools for relaunching this sector. The first meeting was held this past October 18th at the ministry headquarters, attended by representatives of associations, companies, trade unions, universities and research groups.

Overcome the current LPG system testing system by entrusting it to authorized workshops. To ask for it were the deputy Sara Moretto (Italia Viva), together with the Hon.

The health emergency has brought many changes in people’s lives, substantially affecting the mobility sector as well.

In Italy there are 3,896,923 cars powered by alternative propulsion and fuels.

BRC (a Westport group), is an historic company that produces systems for the conversion to gas engine of vehicles.

Snam, one of the largest energy infrastructure companies in the world and Rina, a global player active in the field of testing, inspection, certification and engineering consultancy services, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding.

According to the Gas Decarbonisation Pathways 2020-2050 study, the introduction of a 10% share of renewable gases – bio-methane and hydrogen – in networks across Europe, together with the increase in renewable electricity, will allow to achieve climate neutrality in 2050 cutting CO2 emissions by 55% by 2030.

After a bleak 2019, which saw a strong decline of more than 5% in global automotive production and ended a 10 years trend of continuous growth, the global automotive industry – among the most important in the world – faces an unprecedented new challenge in 2020.

Valeo’s challeng, company operating in automotive electrification worldwide, it is not to build bicycles, but to equip them with its electric assistance solution, obtaining an electric assistance system for bikes, combining performance, efficiency, comfort, ease of use and reduction of emissions by CO₂.

Scientists from the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (Knmi) used the data received from the satellite Copernicus Sentinel-5P to monitor pollution in Europe.

Discovering bio-methane, our editorial staff visited the company “Sesa SpA” facilities in Este, which collects solid urban waste in the municipalities of the Padua surroundings.

Costa Crociere took possession of the Costa Smeralda, a new cruise ship powered by liquefied natural gas, from the Meyer naval shipyard in Turku (Finland).

The EU Council has definitively approved new limits for CO2 emissions for cars and trucks.

In order to limit the increase of global warming to 1,5°C rapid, forward-looking and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society are required.

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Two events – the 1st Green Prix Città di Merate held on October 10th and 11th and the 1st Valtellina Ecogreen held on October 24th and
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Oil&nonoil was one of the few trade fairs that took place in Italy before the new stop imposed by the pandemic.

The 15th edition of Oil&nonOil took place from October 21st to 23rd.

The green economy world has never stopped, in spite of the difficulties, even in the year of the pandemic. Confirmation arrives from Ecomondo and Key Energy, the Italian Exhibition Group expos dedicated, respectively, to the recovery of material and sustainable development and to renewable energies, which will run from Tuesday 3rd November, until Sunday 15th November on the IEG digital platform.

The autumn edition of the Milan Monza Open-Air Motor Show this year will move to Milan form October 29th til November 1st, 2020. 

The race, scheduled for next August 1st and 2nd and organized by Cinzano Rally Team, is the first event of the Italian WRC Championship and the return of high-level competitions.

After the research carried out in 2019, the Italian Automobile Club and Bosch presented a new study – carried out by the Filippo Caracciolo Foundation in collaboration with the Turin’ Polytechnic Institute – aimed at demonstrating the effectiveness of the braking assistance system in rear-end accidents.

In 2019, according to the Aci – Istat data, there were 172,183 road accidents with injuries to people in Italy a number slightly lower than in 2018 (-0.2%), with 3,173 victims (killed within 30 days of the event) and 241,384 injured (-0.6%).

The new safety technology developed by Volkswagen, the Local Hazard Warning system (also defined by the car manufacturer as Traffic Hazard Alert), has received the Advanced Award by Euro Nncap. This device allows the cars to communicate with everything around them (Car to Everyone - C2X): i. e. other vehicles, road, obstacles and objects on the roadway.

As the experimental phase is over, the Private eCall, a technological alert service to guarantee urgent medical assistance to motorists involved in road accidents, becomes a systemic project in Italy, thanks to the renewal of the current agreement between Areu and Tsp Association, an organization that brings together the main suppliers of telematic services.

The mandatory law for car drivers to use anti-neglect car seats for children under the age of 4 entered into force on November 7th, 2019.

Wind tunnel tests measure the braking force that the air exerts on the vehicle, in order to determine its resistance in motion at different speeds. The goal is to optimize the aerodynamics of each model.

On November 5th, the first bio-LNG supply took place in Italy, streamed live from the Vulcangas filling station in Rimini. Bio-LNG is produced in the province of Lodi by the purification and liquefaction of biogas by a company that is a member of CIB – Italian Biogas Consortium. Mr. Piero Gattoni, Cib President stated: We are very proud the achievement we reached thanks to our partners: to make liquefied biomethane (Bio-LNG) a reality in Italy. To date, 20 new projects are already under construction or already being authorised or just being approved. The total production capacity will be between 4 to 27 tons per day and that will allow the decarbonization of the journeys of the more than 3,000 trucks powered by liquid methane currently circulating in Italy.

LPG and methane cars. In the Law Urgent measures for digital simplification and innovation the art.

Gas Cavalli, a company that operates in the LNG and bio LNG field, manages also the methane gas station of Voghera, in the county of Pavia. At the time, the LNG sold so far has a fossil origin and comes mostly from Marseilles, the loading station more convenient , and it is transported to the gas station with trucks. But soon there are some upcoming news. We are developing the first 2 storage and loading systems of liquid bio methane trailers in Italy – explains the owner, Mr. Simone Cavalli – one of the plants, to which we have supplied the design, the cryogenic tank, the valve system, the in load pump and its various types of fittings, is located in Novi Ligure. The other, which is even more interesting for us as we have followed the entire project step by step, is located in the province of Lodi. The first batch of liquid bio methane produced in Lodi will be tested for the first time in Italy in our Voghera gas station. We expect to be ready by September 2020.

On July 8th, the European Commission adopted two important strategies for the future of energy: one for the integration of the energy system and one for hydrogen. 

There is a new opportunity for eco-friendly with a low environmental impact cars lovers. 

One of the problems that all LPG installation workshops face is emptying and securing LPG tanks, with the associated risks of LPG storage and the inconvenience of vapors in the rooms.

BRC Gas Equipment of Cherasco (now part of the Westport Fuel Systems group)

After the premature death of Mr. Paolo Vettori, an historical protagonist in the natural gas field, Assogasmetano during the General Assembly held in Bologna this past July 1st, has nominated its new board. The President of the National Association of Methane Distributor Companies, founded in 2008 by Mr. Vettori himself, is now the Engineer Mr. Flavio Merigo. The Vice Presidents are Mrs. Costanza Zannoni and Mr. Lucio Ponsanesi. We met the new President and talked about the future association’s activities and about natural gas in general. 

Mr. Paolo Vettori, President of Assogasmetano, the national association of methane transport distribution companies, formed in August 2008, passed away on March23rd. A man who contributed to the making the history of the natural gas transport sector in Italy, where he had been active since 1973.

BRC, a leading company in the sector of LPG and CNG systems, believes that environment and to save money are the right keys to confirming the advantages of these green solutions to motorists.

This year, the World LPG Association & Liquid Gas Europe joined together to bring the biggest LPG event in the world, the 32nd World LPG Forum & 2019 European Congress, to Amsterdam (24 - 27 September 2019).

A new opinion by the lawyer Bonaventura Sorrentino of the Sorrentino Pasca Toma Law and Tax firm has been published in the number 137 of Ecomobile.