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NGOs welcome Commission’s proposal to clean up shipping as important first step

The European Commission last week proposed stricter controls on dangerous sulphur in ship fuel [1] Environmental NGOs welcomed what they described as a long overdue proposal, which will bring the EU in line with the standards agreed by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) 3 years ago.

Environmental groups welcome IMO's energy efficiency standard for new ship, but call for further actions to reduce GHG emissions from shipping

The Clean Shipping Coalition welcomes the adoption by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) of an Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI)
regulation for new ships, but warns that it's only the first step in what needs to be a far more expansive effort to address shipping’s climate impacts.(1)

Porsche SUV to get ‘green rating’ under new German labelling scheme

Environmental groups are calling on the European Commission to block a planned German car CO2 label that gives gas guzzling SUVs such as the Porsche Cayenne and Audi Q7 the same ‘green’ rating as some of Europe’s most fuel efficient car models.

Airlines' attack on EU emissions trading system meets powerful opposition

The European Union, backed by six of its member states, Norway and an international coalition of environmental organisations robustly defended the law integrating aviation into the EU emissions trading system (EU-ETS) at a hearing today at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg.

Shift to SUVs holds back car CO2 reductions

The EU has published new data showing a decline in the average CO2 emissions of new cars in 2010 of 3.7% (1). But the data also shows that the average weight of cars has risen by 28kg or 2% as carmakers increasingly market SUVs and so-called crossover vehicles (2). Had weight not increased, the CO2 reduction would have been 5%, or one third better say Transport & Environment (T&E), the EU sustainable transport campaigners.

New biofuels legal action shows ‘access to information’ rules are not working

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The Commission is being taken to court for the third time over an alleged failure to release information regarding the environmental impact of biofuels. The latest action relates to information about voluntary certification schemes that could play a major part in determining which biofuels are judged to be sustainable. T&E says the lawsuit shows that the Commission is failing to comply with EU ‘access to information’ rules.