The mayor of London says he wants to charge drivers of the highest-consumption cars three times the cost of entering the city centre – €32.50 instead of €10.40 – to send out a signal that gas guzzlers are not good for climate change and don’t belong in cities.
The European Environment Agency has attacked the transport sector for causing the EU to miss its Kyoto greenhouse gas reduction target. And its leading official has called for much stricter carbon dioxide targets for new cars than the EU is currently discussing.
T&E welcomes the broadly positive response of Environment Ministers to legally binding new car CO2 targets proposed by the European Commission in December, but urges all member states to back longer term targets, robust penalties and footprint not weight-based standards.
In this brochure, T&E sets out the problem of traffic noise and what can be gained by seriously tackling it, and recommends the best course of action for the EU to adopt in drafting a new set of tighter noise standards.
Environmental groups BirdLife International, EEB, Friends of the Earth and Transport and Environment, welcome UK transport secretary Ruth Kelly's announcement that the UK will initiate a wide ranging review of biofuel production.
On 9 April 2008, the Slovenian Presidency of the EU in cooperation with T&E, the European Federation for Transport and Environment, hosted a major international conference on the future of road charging in Europe. The discussion focussed on economic, technical and political aspects of road charging for HGVs and experiences in Europe, in the context of the preparation of a new EU legislative framework on fair and efficient pricing.