The EU is in danger of wasting the potential for electric cars to cut greenhouse gas emissions. That's the main conclusion of a new report by T&E which warns that promoting electric cars in isolation will not only under-use the environmental benefits but could lead to more carbon dioxide emissions than if no electric cars were produced. The report makes three clear recommendations for changes to EU policy and thinking.
A new study on aviation says the pace of improvements in aircraft energy efficiency is very slow, and no progress has been made in the last decade. It calls for a carbon dioxide emissions standard for aircraft already in production.
A new report suggests airlines could make large windfall profits from aviation joining the EU Emissions Trading Scheme in 2012, if airlines charge customers for emission allowances they are given free-of-charge.
A new study has said introducing a charge on nitrogen oxides emissions could cut around 270 000 tonnes of emissions from ships in the Baltic Sea in 2015, a reduction of 60% based on currently expected levels.
The new European Commission sees some familiar faces in the directorates affecting transport and the environment, with a reshuffle of tasks as well as personnel.
Editorial by Maarten van Biezen and Chris Nobel, The Netherlands Society for Nature and Environment (T&E member organisation)
The idea of basing motoring taxation on the distance a vehicle is driven – generally known these days as a 'kilometre charge' – is in principle a good one which environmental groups have advocated for years. But as recent developments in the Netherlands have shown, the road to good charging can often be a bumpy one.
Norway is planning to scrap a tax exemption for biodiesel, joining a growing number of countries taking the view that users of biofuels should pay for them instead of taxpayers.
The Netherlands has moved closer to becoming the latest nation to introduce a kilometre charge and the first to charge for private cars.
A study by the Commission's transport directorate and the Joint Research Centre of Sevilla says the overall benefits of charging vehicles for their external costs outweigh the limited negative price impacts on individual transport operators.
The European Cyclists Federation is asking for ideas to fight cycle helmet laws.