The fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of vans can be cut much more quickly and cheaply than the European Commission's research suggests. That's the message from two new reports published by T&E. The first study says that fitting less powerful and smaller engines has been an overlooked but quick and cheap option to reduce emissions. The second report suggests emissions can be cut even more by limiting a vehicle's maximum speed.
Another two independent scientific studies have cast further doubt on the EU’s policy of pushing for biofuels to make up 10% of the transport market by 2020. And in a special report, the Reuters news agency says the general picture that emerges from a series of Commission documents is that EU officials might have ‘deliberately skewed the findings of scientific studies to fit their policies’.
By Chris Bowers
Editor, T&E Bulletin
In June 2004, I wrote an open letter to the FIA, the governing body of Formula 1 motor racing, suggesting it ought to limit the amount of fuel available to drivers in grand prix races.
A Swiss pilot and entrepreneur has successfully completed the world’s first solar-powered flight. André Borschberg of the Swiss company Solar Impulse stayed airborne with no fuel for 26 hours, several of them through the night, earlier this month.
The campaign to make petrol and diesel derived from tar sands less economically attractive received the support of a group of MEPs earlier this month, including the chair of the environment committee, Jo Leinen.
Letter from environmental NGOs to Climate Commissioner on implementation of the fuel quality directive. Expressing concerns about a lack of differential treatment from high carbon sources such as tar sands.
BirdLife International, EEB and T&E invite you to the launch of the study 'Bioenergy: a carbon accounting time bomb'
The event will take place on June 29, from 2 to 4.30pm in the European Parliament - Paul-Henri Spaak P7C050, and is kindly sponsored by Theodoros Skylakakis MEP, Kathleen Van Brempt MEP and Bas Eickhout MEP.
Two new independent scientific studies launched today cast further doubt on the EU’s policy of promoting biomass as fuel for heat and power generation, and biofuels for transport,  according to BirdLife International, the European Environmental Bureau and Transport & Environment.
This study, carried out by Joanneum Research, identifies a major flaw in the way carbon savings from forest-derived biomass are calculated in EU law
as well as under UNFCCC and Kyoto Protocol mechanisms.