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Car and truckmakers want €520bn red-carpet treatment for their vehicles

Leaked plans by car and truckmakers to cut carbon emissions of their vehicles in Europe – by resurfacing all roads in the EU at a cost of more than €520 billion – have been criticised as an abdication of the sector’s climate responsibility. Industry body ACEA’s ‘Joining forces’ initiative calls for greater efficiencies through major investments such as in lower rolling resistance tarmac, but fails to identify new CO2 standards for vehicles.

Published on February 29, 2016 - 09:44

Is the bike fit for a 50km commute?

Over what distances is it realistic to expect people to commute by bicycle? And what if that bicycle offers electrically assisted pedalling? These are the questions being researched by Bram Rotthier, an academic at a university in the Belgian city of Leuven. Rotthier has commissioned 15 cyclists to test commuting distances, one of whom is a Green politician who is cycling around 100km per day on a ‘speed pedelec’, an electric bicycle capable of up to 45 km/h.

Published on February 26, 2016 - 16:46

Keystone lawsuit shows TTIP’s threat to climate action – report

A $15 billion lawsuit by the company behind the Keystone XL pipeline against the US government shows the serious threat to democracy posed by special privileges for investors, a new report has said. TransCanada is suing under investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) clauses of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to demand damages following rejection of the controversial pipeline due to its climate impact.
Published on February 26, 2016 - 14:59

Airplane CO2 standard too weak, MEPs tell industry

A global fuel efficiency standard recommended by world governments for new aircraft is too weak, MEPs have told aviation industry representatives. The UN aviation body ICAO agreed earlier this month that all certified new aircraft type designs would have to start complying with the new standard from 2020 while all new and derivative versions of existing in-production aircraft would have to comply with a lower stringency from 2028.
Published on February 25, 2016 - 15:55

Shipping should adopt emissions cut pledge, shipowners tell IMO

Shipowners and operators have told the UN’s International Maritime Organisation that the shipping industry should adopt an emissions reduction pledge like countries have done under the Paris climate agreement. It’s the first time the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has called for mandated reductions in shipping CO2, though it ruled out binding targets and didn’t suggest a concrete timeline of action.

Published on February 25, 2016 - 15:21

Countering ‘clean’ energy myths in Romania

A new ‘EcoAlmanac’ highlighting the sides of ‘clean’ energy that are not always publicised has been launched by T&E’s Romanian member, 2Celsius Network. The online book is aimed at countering false and dubious claims about fuels which may be good for big business in eastern Europe but are not always beneficial for people and the environment.

Published on February 23, 2016 - 09:54

Europe’s largest car club wants CO2 capped at 75g per km in 2025

Europe’s largest association of car drivers, the German ADAC, has said a 75g per km CO2 emissions limit for new cars from 2025 would be consistent with current trends. The ADAC also said so-called ‘supercredits’ for makers of low-emission vehicles do nothing to reduce overall climate changing emissions. 

Published on February 2, 2016 - 14:19

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