The latest report on trends in European transport trends show the EU is highly unlikely to achieve its target of reducing transport emissions by 60% between 1990 and 2050 through technology alone.
Australia has voted to set a price on carbon emissions in an effort to make the country’s industry more energy-efficient.
A survey of 21 000 commuters in Sweden has shown car and public transport users suffer more everyday stress, poorer sleep, exhaustion and struggle with their health compared with those who walk or cycle.
An institute in America has tried to calculate the monetary and time value of traffic congestion – and says it costs the USA $101 billion a year.
The Commission has published a package of proposals for spending the EU’s structural and infrastructure funds. It has also created a new vehicle for funding trans-European transport and energy networks, to be known as the ‘Connecting Europe Facility’ (CEF). T&E says they make too little progress on achieving the EU’s environmental goals.
MEPs have supported a resolution that ‘strongly recommends’ 30 km/h speed limits in all residential areas.
The Commission is consulting on its plans for an alternative fuels strategy, which will form part of the EU’s transport policy for the next 10 years.
Fears that electric and hybrid cars are no better environmentally than oil-fuelled cars have led to a study which shows that electrics and hybrids are better over the whole of their life, but not by as much as was originally thought.
Spain is to abandon its temporary 110 km/h motorway speed limit.
Hungary’s supreme court has awarded financial compensation to two residents who complained that their lives were made a misery and their houses reduced in value by speeding lorries along highway 86 in the west of the country.