Transport & Environment, BirdLife Europe and the European Environmental Bureau would like to commission a study to analyse the sustainable potential of energy biomass (specifically energy crops, short rotation coppice and forests) as a source of bioenergy in Europe.
The new Commission proposal cuts the emissions coverage and environmental impact of the aviation Emissions Trading System by two thirds. Only the portion of flights leaving the European Economic Area (EEA) which are within EEA ‘airspace’ would be covered under this proposal. The proposal also exempts from emissions coverage all carriers operating on routes from the EEA to over 80 developing countries with less than 1% of aviation emissions.
The introduction of longer and heavier lorries (LHVs) could lead to more CO2 and pollutant emissions, increased road accident risk and higher infrastructure bills for taxpayers. These impacts are contrary to the EU’s objectives to make transport cleaner and safer. By making road transport cheaper, it will also undermine the EU (Transport White Paper) goal of shifting freight to rail. Therefore, T&E believes the introduction of LHVs is unacceptable under the present conditions.
The Clean Shipping Coalition supports in principle the efforts from the International Maritime Organisation to assess opportunities of reducing the administrative burden that could arise from the application of the relevant international conventions. However, we believe that this effort should not be used as a way to undermine the current regulatory framework nor to relax the necessary enforcement procedures.
In 2009, the EU set legally-binding targets for new cars to emit 130 grams of CO2 per kilometre (g/km) by 2015 and 95g/km in 2020. In July 2012, the European Commission announced the outcome of its review of the modalities (ways) of achieving the 2020 target; and in June 2013, a first-reading agreement was reached on the proposal. Following the agreement, a coalition of Member States led by Germany successfully delayed a vote in Council and then overturned the deal in the Environment Council. Lithuania has now developed a new proposal it plans to table to the European Parliament. This briefing describes how the Lithuanian proposal will delay meeting the 2020 target until 2024.
This letter, by Transport & Environment, Transport for London, the European Cyclists Federation and the European Federation of Road Traffic Victims is about the review of weights and dimensions of lorries and the importance of lorry road safety in that review. T&E believes that improvements to lorry cab design, e.g. to eliminate blind spots both to the front and to the side and improve crash performance and pedestrian protection, have an enormous potential to make European roads a safer place.
In this letter to Russia's Permanent Representative to the European Union, Transport & Environment expresses its opposition to the expansion of oil drilling activity in the Arctic and the resulting increase in shipping. T&E also calls for the immediate release of 28 Greenpeace activists and two journalists being detained in Russia following a protest against Arctic drilling.
Traffic noise is the second-biggest environmental factor affecting Europeans’ health after air pollution. Almost half of EU citizens are regularly exposed to road traffic noise over the level that the World Health Organisation considers to pose a serious risk to health. Noise pollution has been linked to 50,000 fatal heart attacks every year in Europe. This briefing outlines the European Commission, Parliament and Council positions on a proposal for new vehicle noise standards ahead of a third round of trilogue negotiations on 5 November, 2013. It also outlines T&E's analysis of the main issues as well as its recommendations for a compromise that avoids legal and technical loopholes.
Shipping is the only sector without an EU cap on emissions. In 2009, the EU committed to include shipping in its climate policy but instead the Commission proposed last year only to monitor CO2 emissions. This briefing outlines why T&E believes the Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) proposal is a step in the right direction but lacks ambition and will have little impact if left unchanged. It explains why the MRV system should be broadened to also include SOx and NOx, and why unreliable monitoring methods should be removed and data transparency ensured.
The European Union faces critical economic challenges, including dwindling natural resources and increasing expenses linked to pollution and related health problems. Without further action, degradation of nature will cost the EU €1 trillion every year by 2050. T&E and partner NGOS support research, development and application of sustainable technologies and practices and call on Mr Barroso, van Rompuy and Schulz to promote sustainable innovation at the highest political levels.