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Oil price 'good'

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The rising price of oil is good news, according to the head of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Speaking at the OECD's annual meeting, Angel Gurria said it would be 'disastrous' if the world’s richest nations cut fuel taxes or subsidised prices, as rising prices are a clear signal to consumers and companies to cut their fuel consumption.

Carmakers should come clean on emissions targets

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T&E's Kerstin Meyer writes in today's Financial Times:

To say that carmakers have reversed their stance on emissions is a bit of a stretch (report, June 4). The German car lobby and, to be fair, the industry as a whole have, rather, re-branded their attempts at watering down the European Union's proposed car fuel efficiency targets. The "integrated approach" used to be the buzzword of choice. Now it is "eco-innovations".

Joint NGO statement on including aviation in the EU emissions trading scheme (Updated: May 2008)

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Climate Action Network Europe, Friends of the Earth Europe, T&E and WWF have published a joint statement on inclusion of the aviation sector in the European Emissions Trading Scheme. (Updated May 2008)

Tyre noise exemption for SUVs as research shows traffic noise causing more deaths than car accidents

The European Commission is set to propose new noise and energy efficiency standards for tyres with a blanket exemption for Europe's noisiest and most gas gazzling sports-utility vehicles (SUVs), according to draft rules seen by T&E.