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Dramatic deforestation highlights EU ‘folly’ on biofuels

Some of the world’s most valuable forests are still being destroyed in order to make palm oil, of which a considerable portion ends up as biodiesel for use on Europe’s roads. That is the striking message from an investigation by a global alliance of NGOs, including T&E, that has uncovered horrific deforestation in Indonesia’s pristine rainforest in the remote province of Papua. T&E says this highlights the urgent need for the EU to correct the anomalies in European legislation that allow climate-harming biofuels to count towards climate targets.

Published on September 2, 2016 - 17:23

New record low price set for solar

A new record has been set for the lowest solar energy price ever, with a Spanish company winning contracts to sell power from a 120-megawatt solar plant for $29.10 a megawatt-hour. That’s the lowest price on record for electricity from sunshine, surpassing a deal for $29.90 (€26.12) a megawatt-hour in Dubai in May. It’s also the cheapest to date for any kind of renewable energy, and almost half the price of coal power sold in the same energy auction.
Published on September 2, 2016 - 13:58

Sustainable’ biofuels certification challenged by EU auditors

The EU’s certification system for the sustainability of biofuels is ‘not fully reliable’, the European Court of Auditors (ECA), the independent EU body in charge of scrutinising Europe’s public spending, has said. In a report in July it found that the certification system ‘did not adequately cover some important aspects necessary to ensure the sustainability of biofuels’  The majority of ‘sustainable’ EU biofuels are certified through European Commission-recognised voluntary schemes.
Published on September 2, 2016 - 10:59

America sets the bar high on lorry emissions

The United States has set new standards for carbon dioxide emissions from lorries, which are sufficiently ambitious to threaten to leave Europe’s truck-making industry behind. The International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) described the new standards as ‘a big win-win’ for their potential to cut both costs and greenhouse gases, while T&E said they were ‘as much about environmental leadership as about innovation’.

Published on August 30, 2016 - 17:15

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

EU plan to clean up road transport is ambitious, but ships and planes ignored

New CO2 standards for cars, vans and, for the first time in Europe, trucks were announced last month by the European Commission in its long awaited Strategy for Low-Emission Mobility. The EU’s ambition is for greenhouse gas emissions from transport in Europe to be at least 60% lower in 2050 than in 1990. However, the legislative plan contained little on reducing emissions from the aviation and shipping sectors.
Published on August 9, 2016 - 11:46

‘Wake-up call’ as transport becomes biggest emitter in Europe

Fears that Europe’s transport is still lagging behind other industrial sectors in tackling climate change have been confirmed by the latest data from the European Environment Agency (EEA). Its data show greenhouse gases from transport have grown for the first time since 2007. T&E says the figures are worse than the EEA says, and calls on the EU to take ‘ambitious’ action.

Published on August 8, 2016 - 14:15