A court in Germany has fined the sports car maker Porsche €20 000 for giving false information about its cars’ fuel consumption and climate emissions in a magazine published by the company.
The Commission has published a proposal to improve the safety and emissions performance of motorcycles and other vehicles with fewer than four wheels.
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Today, in Luxembourg, European Transport Ministers reached an agreement on revised road charging rules for lorries (the Eurovignette directive). Nina Renshaw, deputy director at Transport & Environment (T&E), welcomed the agreement but also stressed that a number of issues remain.
Letter to Ministers of Transport outlining T&E priorities on the Eurovignette directive before the 15-October Transport Council which is due to approve the new piece of legislation.
The future inclusion of the aviation sector in Europe’s Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS) may have moved a step closer last week as a result of international talks. But the scheme’s effectiveness will be weaker as a result of European concessions at talks which also ended any hope of credible global measures to cut aviation’s climate impact in the foreseeable future according to Transport & Environment (T&E).
Report published ahead of the ICAO Triennial Assembly, Montreal, September - October 2010
The first global agreement to cut carbon emissions from ships has been blocked by several developing countries. The International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) had been set to approve an Energy Efficient Design Index (EEDI) for ships at its meeting last week in London, following four years of work. The standard, which would only apply to newly built ships, would have been the first globally agreed measure to reduce carbon emissions from international maritime transport.
The European Parliament's environment committee (ENVI) has voted to weaken a proposed law setting fuel efficiency standards for new vans.
America is making a new attempt to stop the EU introducing aviation into its Emissions Trading Scheme in 2012. The USA, backed by Canada and Mexico, is submitting a resolution to the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s triennial general assembly later this month, saying emissions trading should only apply to nations who have specifically agreed to it. The EU’s climate commissioner said the USA was seeking to put up barriers for others when it had not done anything to tackle the problem itself.