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Briefing on the life cycle of EU trade agreements

The following briefing explains the procedure for the negotiation, signing, and conclusion of the EU’s international trade agreements (Free Trade Agreement (FTA)), based on the legal provisions of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU)[1], part of the Lisbon Treaty. The briefing provides a detailed step-by-step analysis of important aspects of the life cycle of EU trade agreements.

Natural gas vehicles an expensive, ineffective way to cut car and truck emissions – not a ‘bridge fuel’

Increasing the use of natural gas in cars and trucks would be largely ineffective in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and air pollution, a new independent study finds. There are no GHG savings in shifting from diesel cars and trucks to compressed or liquefied natural gas (LNG) cars and trucks, while petrol-hybrid, electric and hydrogen cars deliver much greater climate benefits, the study for sustainable transport group Transport & Environment says.

Natural gas in vehicles – on the road to nowhere

In February 2016, the European Commission released a proposal to guarantee its gas supply security and is preparing another one to implement the EU’s 2030 climate targets for the transport, buildings and agriculture sectors. It is also developing a communication to decarbonise the road transport sector, to be announced this summer. To understand what role natural gas could have in achieving these objectives, T&E commissioned a study from Ricardo Energy & Environment to assess the impacts of large-scale use of natural gas in the transport sector.

PSA Peugeot Citroën et deux ONG publient les premiers résultats de consommation en usage réel

A l’occasion du Salon de Genève 2016, PSA Peugeot Citroën tient ses engagements de transparence vis-à-vis de ses clients en publiant les premiers résultats de consommation en usage réel de trois de ses modèles. Cette initiative est une première mondiale dans l’industrie automobile. Ces résultats sont issus du protocole d’essais défini avec les ONG Transport & Environment (T&E) et France Nature Environnement (FNE), audités par Bureau Veritas. Ce protocole fiable confirme la consommation en usage réel des clients PSA, ainsi que les résultats de la base de données indépendantes d’enquêtes clientèles.

PSA Peugeot Citroën and NGOs publish results of first real-world fuel economy test

PSA Peugeot Citroën is fulfilling its transparency commitments to customers. In connection with the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show, it is releasing the initial results on real-world fuel consumption for three models. This initiative is a world first in the automotive industry .The results come from a test procedure established with two non-governmental organizations, Transport & Environment (T&E) and France Nature Environment (FNE), and are audited by Bureau Veritas. This protocol confirms the real-world fuel consumption of PSA customers, as well as the results of the independent data bases.

Fiat to modify engines after tests show ‘extreme’ NOx levels

Fiat’s 500X diesel car is the latest to come under suspicion for emitting levels of pollutants that are well over the amounts recorded in official testing. T&E’s German member DUH has published the results of an analysis on the compact SUV, saying the officially recorded emissions levels are ‘technically not plausible’. Fiat denies the car breaches Euro 6 rules, but has agreed to a modification of its engines.

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.

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