Briefing on shipping greenhouse gas emissions in the run-up to the Copenhagen climate talks in December 2009.
This report is the fourth T&E has published on the annual progress Europe’s major car manufacturers have made in reducing CO2 emissions and fuel consumption of new cars.
Carmakers reduced carbon emissions by wildly varying degrees last year with the best performers achieving four to five times larger cuts than the worst.
The dangers of the United Nations’ Geneva office taking over responsibility for regulating aspects of European transport have been thrown into sharp focus, after a draft for a legally binding standard designed to cut noise from cars allowed for traffic noise to get much louder.
The Commission is expected to act this month to close a gap in EU legislation by limiting carbon dioxide emissions from road transport. It is putting the final touches to proposals to tighten environmental standards for vans and light trucks, but the car makers’ lobby is fighting to get the proposals weakened, while environmental groups fear that some large cars could be reclassified as small trucks to allow the makers to be less strict about emissions.
The maximum carbon emissions that aircraft using EU airports will be allowed to emit from 2012 is still unclear, as the process of working out aviation’s entry into the EU’s Emissions Trading System (ETS) has fallen a little behind schedule.
The concept of indirect land-use change (ILUC) caused by biofuel production looks like playing a complicated role in the EU’s rules relating to the use of biofuels across Europe.
The urgency of promoting the right fuels (instead of biofuels) has been highlighted by a report from Greenpeace and a warning from the International Energy Agency.
Editorial by Jos Dings, T&E Director
There’s a golden opportunity just waiting to be seized in the field of European transport, but the first indications are that it will be missed.
Reports from Germany suggest the environmental element of the car ‘scrappage’ scheme has backfired, as many of the cars that were supposed to be scrapped have been bought by criminals and sold to countries outside the EU.