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EU could lose leadership position on fuel efficient cars

According to Reuters (1), the EU is set to confirm a legally-binding target for average new car CO2 emissions of 95 g/km by 2020. Transport & Environment, the sustainable transport campaigners, have warned that the target will not be enough to ensure Europe holds on to its leadership position in fuel saving technologies.

Cars and CO2

This briefing covers the EU's draft proposal on cutting co2 emissions to 95g CO2 / km by 2020.  It gives an overview of the benefits of regulating new car fuel efficiency and co2 emissions and examines whether past claims made by the automotive industry about the impact of such legislation actually came true.

TEN-T Guidelines and Connecting Europe Facility: Recommendations for sustainable transport spending

This briefing from BirdLife Europe, CEE Bankwatch, Friends of the Earth Europe, T&E and WWF explains how EU transport spending under the Trans-European Transport Networks (TEN-T) and Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) programmes could be made more effective, economically viable and sustainable.A full-length version of this analysis is also available.

T&E comment on reports of weakened future EU car fuel efficiency standards

A report in today’s edition of Die Welt (1), suggests future European fuel efficiency standards for new cars could be weakened to account for “infrastructure, driver behavior and other measures”. The story cites a forthcoming report by the EU’s CARS 21 high level policy group.

European Parliament wants to keep tar sands emission value in the FQD

The European Parliament has overwhelmingly backed today the Resource Efficiency Roadmap, where - among other provisions - MEPs have reiterated the need for legislation which gives tar sands a higher GHG emission value compared with fuels from conventional oil and for correct carbon accounting under the Fuel Quality Directive.

Reducing transport fuel emissions - Implementing the FQD

This briefing gives an overview of reducing transport fuel emissions within the EU's fuel quality directive. In particular it examines the importance of giving high carbon sources such as tar sands and coal-to-liquid higher carbon values.

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Biofuels: dealing with indirect land use change (ILUC)

Two EU laws adopted in 2009 promote the use of biofuels in the EU, ostensibly for the purpose of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the transport sector.  However, both the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) and Fuel Quality Directive (FQD) could lead to higher, not lower greenhouse gas emissions unless the issue of Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC)

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Agrocarburants et le CASI

Deux législations européennes adoptées en 2009 encouragent le développement des agrocarburants avec pour objectif de départ la réduction des émissions de gaz à effet de serre (GES) dans les transports. Mais il s’avère que ces deux directives, l’une sur les énergies renouvelables (RED) et l’autre sur la qualité des carburants (FQD), pourraient conduire à une augmentation et non pas une à diminution des émissions de GES, à moins que le problème du changement d’affectation des sols indirect (CASI) soit résolu.

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