Letter to Climate Commissioner on Fuel Quality Directive Implementation
T&E, together with 11 other NGOs, has written to the Commissioner for Climate Action raising concerns over a proposal for calculating the life-cycle greenhouse gas (GHG) intensity of fossil fuels under the 2009 fuel quality directive.
T&E's Annual Review for 2009.
Officials are holding back evidence of biofuels' land-use impact. A coalition of four environmental organisations, including T&E, has filed a legal action against the European Commission over its refusal to release documents that are vital to the debate on biofuels.
New rules on charging lorries for use of Europe’s roads could be agreed by the end of the year, after the Belgian government said it would bring the Eurovignette dossier back onto the agenda when it takes over the EU presidency in the second half of this year.
The Commission is in trouble over another case of not releasing information on a controversial subject. The European ombudsman has condemned officials for failing to comply with an order for it to publish correspondence with the German car maker Porsche over dealings Porsche had with Brussels over reducing carbon dioxide emissions.
Moves to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from vans are hotting up, with debate beginning this month on emissions targets for vehicle makers to meet by 2016 and 2020.
Editorial by Ulla Rasmussen, T&E President
For a new organisation to take off, you need a good idea. But that’s just the start; setting up – and sustaining – a campaigning organisation takes a great deal more than just having a good idea. One needs a clear vision, funding, people to do the groundwork and shepherd it through the early years. For these reasons alone, T&E’s 20th birthday is something worth celebrating – but there's a lot more to smile about than just surviving two decades.
Portugal has announced it is postponing construction of five major roads totalling nearly 1000 kilometres. The reason given is to cut expenditure from the national budget, but the relevant minister says there is a need to rethink the country’s transport network on a multi-modal basis.
The Swiss transport and energy ministry has made its new car energy efficiency categories much stricter.