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Thursday, February 08, 2007

Carbon grams per mile

Posted by: Hammer / 10:15 AM

The European Union is pursuing a cap on carbon emissions per kilometer for cars:

The European commission yesterday unveiled ambitious plans to force vehicle manufacturers to cut greenhouse gas emissions from new cars in Europe by some 20% within five years.

A central element in Brussels' strategy to turn Europe into a pioneering low-carbon economy amid increasingly alarming climate change warnings, the plan would force carmakers to limit carbon dioxide emissions to 130 grams per km (gpk) by 2012.

America, sadly, isn't ready for caps yet. The best first step that Congress could take now would be to require a car's carbon emissions per mile to be included along with mileage figures on every new car sold.

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7 Comments:

130 gpk? What's that in hogsheads per rod?

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:40 AM  

I can convert it to stones carbon per league, but that's the best I can offer.

By Blogger Hammer, at 1:06 PM  

Stupid web trick: Google calculator understands "rods per hogshead" (e.g. this query), but won't convert to grams per km.

By Blogger Joey de Vivre, at 3:01 PM  

Maybe it's because hogshead is a unit of volume and gram is a unit of weight? We wouldn't think its odd that there was no conversion for pounds per mile. I just like the fact that someone bothers to look up this sort of thing.

By Blogger Jambo, at 3:46 PM  

Point taken, aside from the fact that gram is actually a unit of mass, not weight.

However, one could presumably still make the conversion, if one knew what form the emissions took. Is it all gaseous CO & CO2? 12 grams of carbon-12 = 1 mole.

On a tangential note, how many moles does it take to fill the Albert Hall?

By Blogger Joey de Vivre, at 4:58 PM  

This is a simple conversion issue assuming gravity and air pressure at sea level. Please stop trying to make a mountain out of a moles hill.

By Blogger Hammer, at 5:01 PM  

Let's ask Mr. Owl. "A-one. A-two. A-three. Crunch. Three."

By Blogger Jambo, at 9:04 AM  

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