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Global aviation emissions deal under threat as deadline looms

A global effort to limit aviation emissions is under threat from divisions between countries over how to share the benefits and burdens of pollution cuts in the sector. Attempts to draft, by September, a proposal for a global market-based measure to limit net carbon dioxide emissions from international aviation to 2020 levels have failed to progress in two major areas, environmental groups have warned.
Published on June 14, 2016 - 15:25

Aviation ETS consultation

An ETS with 85% free allowances, combined with the fuel tax and VAT exemptions, while charging buses and trains and thus distorting competition, is simply self-defeating. Member states and the European Commission vice-presidents must take responsibility for these failures and start to address aviation in a joined-up way, not via silos where directorates abrogate joint responsibility for addressing cross-cutting questions such as fuel tax, VAT or state-aid scandals. Non-CO2 emissions must be taken seriously and measures should be prepared.

Published on May 30, 2016 - 15:02

Some progress but unresolved tensions at end of high-level UN aviation climate talks

NGO coalition highlights progress in proposed global market-based measure but warns that the proposal falls well short of Paris climate agreement objectivesMONTREAL – Divisions between nations over how to share the benefits and burdens of pollution cuts in the international aviation sector continue to threaten prospects for an agreement to limit these emissions, an environmental coalition said at the conclusion of a three-day High-level Meeting of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the UN’s aviation agency. Prominent environmental groups advocating for a “Flightpath to 1.5 degrees” warned that ICAO risked a high profile failure at its September assembly of delegations if it didn't find ways to bridge key differences quickly.
Published on May 18, 2016 - 11:50

Efficiency first, electrification second, regional ambition for aviation and shipping third

Speech to Informal Council of EU Environment Ministers by Jos Dings, executive director, Transport & EnvironmentAmsterdam, 14 April 2016Thank you Madam President for the invitation and for organising this very timely and relevant event.I represent Transport & Environment, a Brussels-based environmental group specialising in sustainable transport, with 50 member organisations in 27 countries across this beautiful continent.

Published on May 9, 2016 - 15:48

App finds it quicker to fly through Europe on the train

A mobile app that allows travellers to compare journey times between plane, train, bus or car has released a list of 14 major European inter-city routes that are faster by rail than by plane. Train routes between Brussels-Paris and Brussels-London offer the biggest time savings – of more than three hours, according to GoEuro, a two-year-old website.

Published on May 4, 2016 - 12:09

Airport backed with €33m public funding now airplane parking

A Portuguese regional airport that was expanded with large amounts of EU funding has announced plans to turn itself into an aircraft parking facility because demand for the airport has fallen badly short of predictions. The case highlights T&E’s call for greater scrutiny of public money being used to prop up carbon-intensive, underutilised infrastructure with questionable social and economic benefits. 

Published on May 3, 2016 - 13:43

Rejecting the ICAO CO2 standard

The ICAO standard for new aircraft was agreed in February 2016. The purpose of the standard is to see manufacturers produce aircraft with lower CO2 emissions than would have been the case without the standard. Regrettably that is not going to happen. The measure comes too late and the stringency is too weak. In addition the standard will not impact the plans of Airbus and Boeing whose aircraft combined account for over 90% of aviation emissions. A last minute addition means that both manufacturers can continue producing less fuel efficient aircraft until 2028 or even longer. Europe should call immediately for the standard to be revised or reject it outright.

Published on April 25, 2016 - 17:56

Letter from Coalition for Higher Ambition to EU heads of state and government

In this letter, the members of the Coalition for Higher Ambition – businesses, cities, trade unions and civil society groups – write to the heads of states and governments ahead of the signing ceremony of the Paris agreement on Friday, 22 April. The coalition urges the EU to adjust 2030 and 2050 greenhouse gas reductions targets to the long-term goals of the Paris agreement. It also highlights the need for strong economy-wide EU targets (including international aviation and shipping).

Published on April 19, 2016 - 13:44

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