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MEPs want shipping included in 2030 emissions target through ETS ‘climate fund’

A proposal to include emissions from shipping in the EU’s 2030 emissions reduction target through the EU emissions trading system (ETS) has gained cross-party support among MEPs. The amendment calls for shipowners to buy ETS allowances from 2021 onwards or pay an equivalent amount into a new climate fund that minimises administrative burden by buying allowances collectively on their behalf. 
Published on September 5, 2016 - 09:00

Will Ireland be next to close the diesel-petrol tax gap?

Ireland has moved a step closer to becoming the latest European nation to equalise taxation on petrol and diesel. A paper from an interdepartmental committee of the Irish government has proposed a way to wipe out the 22% tax advantage diesel currently enjoys over petrol. The paper justifies the move on air quality and climate change grounds.
Published on August 10, 2016 - 10:05

Truckmakers fined record €2.93bn for running 14-year cartel on emissions technology

Europe’s largest truckmakers have been fined a record total of €2.93 billion in a settlement with the EU after they admitted to involvement in a 14-year price-fixing cartel. Iveco, DAF, Volvo/Renault, Daimler and MAN fixed prices and jointly agreed the pace of introduction for emission reduction technologies between 1997 and 2011, when the industry was working to comply with Euro air pollution standards III to VI. 
Published on August 9, 2016 - 17:10

The true scandal of Dieselgate is regulatory capture, T&E says

National regulators turning a blind eye to vehicle test cheating is the main culprit for the 29 million ‘dirty’ diesel cars on European roads today. On the occasion of the Dieselgate anniversary T&E launched a damning report showing that those 29 million cars and vans exceed by at least three times Europe’s legal NOx limits, known as Euro 5 and Euro 6. The vehicles, which grossly pollute the environment and cause thousands of premature deaths every year, were approved for sale by national type approval authorities, mainly in Germany, France and the UK. 

Published on September 30, 2016 - 11:14

French government told to handover data after Renault ‘cover up’ claims

The French government is under pressure to handover data from its Dieselgate inquiry after criticism that its final report omitted details about a suspicious Renault model’s performance in emissions testing. The French state holds a stake of almost 20% in the carmaker, which is a historical champion of its economy.
Published on September 2, 2016 - 17:32

Europe puts up good plan for cleaner transport but forgets to sell it

Our work area, European policy for cleaner, smarter transport, is not one that typically sets newspaper headlines alight. For starters, acronyms like ILUC (indirect land-use change, from biofuels) or WLTP (the new test cycle for car emissions) tend to kill mainstream media interest. The ever-expanding Dieselgate scandal is the rare, rather unfortunate, exception, and it confirms the old adage: ‘if it bleeds, it leads’.
Published on September 2, 2016 - 15:01

EU vehicle type approval: independent, robust and transparent

When? 
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 -
19:00 to 21:00
Where? 
Member's Restaurant, European Parliament
1000 Brussels
Belgium

This dinner, kindly hosted by Christel Schaldemose MEP and Ivan Štefanec MEP, will aim to contribute to the current Parliament and Council deliberations on the newly proposed type approval reform. The discussion will touch on the key provisions that are necessary to make the EU vehicle testing system more robust and independent, such as giving the Commission power to re-test cars, having better market surveillance of vehicles on the road, having better accountability of national regulators, and increased transparency. Speakers will include representatives from EU institutions, consumers, technical services, third party testing organisations and NGOs.You can register for the event here.

Published on September 1, 2016 - 14:02

Dieselgate continues: the startling contrast between two sides of the Atlantic

Against the backdrop of the eye-watering $15 billion settlement for Volkswagen in the US, the silence from the company in the face of calls for compensation in the EU is deafening. Here VW claims it hasn’t broken any EU laws and most governments are dancing to its tune. An excellent report published by the UK Parliament's transport select committee into Dieselgate nails the hypocrisy of VW’s claim of innocence by asking: why did VW apologise for its misconduct if it now denies any wrongdoing?
Published on August 26, 2016 - 17:19

German manufacturers join the race for electric vehicles

The race to electrify mobility took an important step forward with a series of announcements from German carmakers on new electric cars and trucks. This coincided with a strong signal from the European Commission, through its Low-Emission Mobility Strategy, that electric vehicles, and not diesel-powered ones, have the principal role in decarbonising transport.

Published on August 10, 2016 - 10:01

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