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MEPs run from their responsibility to test Canada-EU trade deal at European court

The refusal by MEPs to refer the controversial Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) to the European Court of Justice in a vote today is an abdication of their responsibility, green group Transport & Environment (T&E) has said. The European Parliament has the power to request an opinion by the Luxembourg court on the compatibility of trade agreements with the EU treaties. But the resolution to refer the Canada-Europe trade deal, over concerns about the creation of a new ‘Investment Court System’, was defeated by 419 votes to 258.

Published on November 23, 2016 - 12:56

CETA’s environment promises are a ‘dead letter’ – new analysis

Claims that CETA is a ‘gold standard’ of trade deals for the betterment of people and the planet are undermined by a toothless environment chapter that cannot be properly enforced and a tribunal system which will prioritise corporate interests, according to a new analysis by green group Transport & Environment (T&E) and legal NGO ClientEarth. The Canada-EU deal’s environment chapter does nothing to encourage climate mitigation measures, such as transitioning to renewable energy, as called for in the Paris climate agreement which was signed by both Canada and EU. On Wednesday, 23 November, MEPs will vote on whether to refer the agreement to the European of Justice.

Published on November 17, 2016 - 17:43

CETA and the environment: a gold standard for the planet or for big business?

The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union is presented as one of the most progressive trade agreements ever negotiated. This analysis conducted by legal NGO ClientEarth and T&E looks into a number of key areas in CETA with likely implications for environmental protection.

Published on November 17, 2016 - 16:18

COP22: aviation emissions under Paris

Aviation is responsible for an estimated 5% of climate change, however the Paris Agreement left it unclear who is responsible for regulating the sector’s emissions. At the conclusion of COP21, the UN’s aviation agency, ICAO, and the aviation sector itself committed to substantial climate action in 2016. Now is the time to evaluate whether they followed through on that commitment. The two measures adopted in 2016 – a CO2 standard for new aircraft and a global market based measure to stabilise emissions at 2020 levels fall far short of what the Paris Agreement requires. Neither will have a meaningful impact on aviation emissions. Much more is needed – both greater ambition at ICAO, but also developed countries must go first and take serious action to reduce emissions from the aviation sectors which dwarf emissions from developing countries.

Published on November 14, 2016 - 16:02

How to avoid another decade of biofuels headaches

What to do with biofuels? This simple question has given many European policymakers huge headaches for a decade now. Two subsequent, dragged-out legal processes to first promote them (2006-2009), and then to contain food-based ones (2012-2015) left no-one happy. NGOs warned that the problems were still not solved, while industry maintained that all investment security was gone.

Published on November 13, 2016 - 23:13

Lessons from Norway’s electric surge

In April 2015, Norway reached its goal of bringing 50,000 electric cars onto the streets – three years earlier than planned thanks to a generous scheme of incentives. Today more than 120,000 electric vehicles are driving on Norwegian roads. However, not every incentive works out as it should, so what the European Union can learn from the Scandinavian state?

Published on November 13, 2016 - 23:00

Electric cars sales in Europe doubled in 2015

Roughly 145,000 new electric vehicles (EV) were sold in Europe last year – twice as much as in 2014 – making the European market the second biggest in the world, according to a recent T&E report. EV sales have now reached the important milestone of a 1% market share and figures for the year to date suggest significantly more than 200,000 plug-in vehicles will be sold in Europe in 2016. That would take the total number of EVs on the road to more than half a million cars.
Published on November 13, 2016 - 22:49

Outlook bleak for the oil industry

When oil prices were rising fast, some 10 years ago, the idea of ‘peak oil’ re-emerged – the (false) idea that the world’s oil supplies were about to run out. Several recent publications now hint at an entirely different kind of ‘peak oil’ – one caused by shortfall in demand, not supply.

Published on November 10, 2016 - 15:43

If no IMO action, Europe must include ships’ emissions in its 2030 climate target, say EU lawmakers

The pressure on Europe to take action on shipping’s climate emissions is building after the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) decided last month to delay by at least a further seven years any decision on a global agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from ships. Leading members of the European Parliament called the delay an abject failure by national governments and the shipping industry.

Published on November 10, 2016 - 12:06

Europe doesn’t have enough sustainable wood and cow dung to meet its unrealistic bioenergy projections – new analysis

Sustainable wood waste, agricultural residues, manure and other organic residues generated in Europe will only cover around 80% of the EU’s projected bioenergy use in 2030, a new analysis by green groups BirdLife Europe and Transport & Environment (T&E) reveals today. If Europe does not limit the use of bioenergy eligible to meet the EU’s 2030 climate and energy targets, the shortage may well be met with unsustainable wood and food crops from home and abroad, the NGOs warn.
Published on November 10, 2016 - 09:37

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