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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

Proposed extension of lobbying reforms described as ‘timid’

The European Commission has proposed a mandatory Transparency Register aimed at allowing the public to know which decision-makers are meeting with which lobbyists. The proposal extends existing rules on declaring lobbying to MEPs and the Council of Ministers, but a leading anti-corruption NGO says the changes are ‘timid and cosmetic’.

Published on October 2, 2016 - 16:26

German judge supports environmentalists and proposes ban on diesels

A regional government in Germany has been ordered to reduce air pollution following a legal complaint by an NGO. One of T&E’s German members, DUH, took the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia to court, and won. The state has until October 2017 to reduce levels of nitrogen dioxides (NO2) in the city of Düsseldorf.

Published on September 30, 2016 - 13:46

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

Voluntary, phased-in climate deal on the horizon for aviation

A deal to curb aviation’s climate emissions is shaping up be voluntary for the first six years, will be based on offsets, and will lack essential environmental safeguards. The details of the proposal for a market-based measure to limit aviation’s climate impact are already raising the ire of European lawmakers ahead of crunch talks at the UN aviation body ICAO at the end of this month, which aim to finalise the deal.
Published on September 2, 2016 - 17:44

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

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