Efforts to reduce climate emissions from road freight transport were given a boost last month when the Commission suggested the introduction of carbon dioxide emissions standards for the first time. The idea has been floated in a communication on clean and energy-efficient vehicles, which concentrates mainly on setting a framework for the development of electric cars.
A report for the German government says a range of measures, headed by traffic avoidance, needs to be adopted if transport is to make a meaningful contribution to fighting climate change. The report comes as the latest TERM report on the environmental performance of Europe’s transport shows polluting modes are still rising.
The Commission has dismissed suggestions by the aviation industry that the cloud of volcanic ash from Iceland that disrupted flights over north-western Europe last month should alter the terms under which aviation enters the EU Emissions Trading Scheme in 2012.
The world’s first global coalition working specifically on the environmental, safety and human effects of shipping has been launched, with T&E as one of its founder members.
By Jos Dings, T&E Director
Anyone who reads newspapers every now and then knows that this has been an unprecedented month for the European project of which the final outcome is still far from clear. The internal strains in the Union’s core, the eurozone, have become almost unbearable, with leaders recently committing over €500 billion in cash to save the euro.
The Commission has been forced to release an annex to a study on the impact of biofuels policy it had withheld. The hidden information suggests that biodiesel made from soy beans can emit four times more greenhouse gases than conventional diesel.
An interesting legal judgement has been made in Switzerland over covering the costs of road transport.
Environmental groups in Slovakia have called on the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) to review its decision taken last month to give a €250 million loan for building the D1 motorway.
A change may be in the air in Spain, following a call by the president of the National Confederation of Construction Works for the country to introduce more road tolls.
The number of EU member countries that have a CO2-based form of car taxation has increased to 17, according to figures from the European car makers association Acea.