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MEPs want reformed ETS to include shipping and cut aviation cap

Members of the European Parliament want to include carbon emissions from shipping in the emissions trading system (ETS) and bring the cap on aviation emissions into line with other sectors, as part of a reformed ETS. The parliament's environment committee voted to bring EU shipping emissions under the ETS from 2023 if the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) does not deliver a global deal by 2021. MEPs also voted for the cap on aviation carbon emissions to decline in line with other sectors and for a reduction in the number of free allowances, which airlines have been using to achieve windfall profits.
Published on December 18, 2016 - 21:21

Solar and wind power keep breaking cost records – but Poland and Hungary resist

A new solar energy scheme is set to record yet another record-low price for zero-carbon energy. In a year when advances in renewable energy technology have pushed prices for solar and wind energy down to levels once not considered possible, a cross-border solar project between Germany and Denmark has been agreed at a price of 5.4 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh).
Published on December 18, 2016 - 20:46

A low-trust society is a terrible thing – and has to be addressed

By Jos Dings, executive directorWHAT WE LEARNED IN 2016: This piece is not to add to the incredible volume of thoughtful analysis on what made Brexit and Trump possible – let alone to offer a solution. It is about what it means for NGOs in general and T&E in particular, and what we can do now.What it means? Put simply, bad news, and not only because the Brexiteers and Trump are  no tree huggers. Green and less green politicians come and go after all. 

Published on December 16, 2016 - 18:25

Electricity and transport’s ‘coupling’ needs more work

By Jelena Simjanovic, clean energy directorWHAT I LEARNED IN 2016: I joined T&E in late summer, soon after the European Commission published its Low-emission Mobility Strategy. Its goals looked promising: increasing efficiency of the transport system; speeding up the development of low-emission alternative energy for transport; and moving towards zero-emission vehicles. While I had a general idea about biofuels and sustainability issues around them, I entered the transport world after 10 years of working on a variety of energy sector issues and carbon markets. I feel privileged to have a job where I can learn as much as I have learned in the past five months, while at the same time utilising my extensive knowledge of the electricity and energy markets for the discussion on transport electrification and development.

Published on December 16, 2016 - 18:06

MEPs call for EU regulation of ships and planes’ carbon under reformed ETS

EU lawmakers’ vote today to include shipping in the emissions trading system (ETS) and bring the cap on aviation emissions into line with other sectors, as part of a reformed ETS, is fair and will help ensure ships and planes will not undermine climate action in other industries, sustainable transport group Transport & Environment has said.
Published on December 15, 2016 - 00:28

Train delayed: Europe slowly injecting more competition on rail travel

The European Parliament at the plenary session in Strasbourg today voted to start exposing Europe’s incumbent passenger rail companies to more competition but falls short of ensuring Europeans will get better, cheaper train trips in the near future. Sustainable transport group, Transport & Environment (T&E), thinks today’s vote is a small step in making rail more efficient and customer-focused so as to attract more people onto trains. 

Published on December 14, 2016 - 13:24

Effort Sharing Regulation in numbers – low-carbon opportunities in non-ETS sectors

When? 
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 -
12:30 to 14:30
Where? 
European Parliament
Room A5E1
1000 Brussels
Belgium

This event explores how to set Europe on a path to reach the goals of the Paris Agreement, but it will also look at the ample opportunities that already exist for emission cuts in sectors such as agriculture and transport. Carbon Market Watch and Transport & Environment will also use this occasion to launch a new user-friendly online tool that calculates the impact of flexibilities on the legislation’s emissions reduction potential.The event is kindly co-hosted by MEPs Dr. Miriam Dalli (S&D), Merja Kyllönen (GUE), and Benedek Jábor (Greens/EFA). Speakers at the event include Hans Bergman (European Commission), researchers as well as representatives from the business and NGO communities.

Published on December 13, 2016 - 16:49

A reformed EU ETS will cut almost four times more aircraft CO2 in Europe than ICAO’s global scheme – report

Strengthening the ETS as proposed by MEPs will cut almost four times more emissions from flights within Europe than the UN’s new offsetting scheme for aviation CO2, a new independent study has revealed. Europe has faced sustained pressure from industry and other states to remove aviation from its ETS and leave climate action to UN aviation body ICAO. But the study, commissioned by Transport & Environment, also finds that the ICAO global scheme will deliver less for the climate than the original aviation ETS, which only covers flights in, from and to Europe.

Published on December 13, 2016 - 14:30

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