The International Energy Agency (IEA) is warning that widespread potential benefits resulting from energy efficiency are unlikely to be realised because governments are not doing enough to help people and businesses save energy.
Sales of electric vehicles in Europe have doubled every year since 2010, according to the latest data analysed by T&E. Provisional figures for 2013 indicate that almost 50,000 plug-in vehicles were sold; around 0.4% of all car sales in the EU.
EU consumption of biofuel for transport decreased 6.8% in 2013 compared to 2012, according to data released last month. Analysts say the fall – the first since Europe legislated for greater consumption in 2003 – was largely due to regulatory uncertainty.
100,000 submissions to a public consultation is a lot on any subject, and particularly when the subject is the finer points of a proposed international trade deal. But having been extended for a week, the signs are that the European Commission’s public consultation on investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) has attracted a number of responses that could be in this region. It closed on Sunday, July 13th.
Following the end of the public consultation on investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) in the EU-US free trade negotiations (known as TTIP), the European Environmental Bureau, the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) and Transport & Environment call on the Commission to exclude ISDS from TTIP and to publish all contributions. The EEB, EPHA and T&E are members of the EU’s TTIP advisory group representing civil society.
EU energy ministers have agreed a position on biofuels reform, backing a cap on the use of food crops at 7% but further weakening ILUC reporting compared to the Commission’s original proposal. They also set weak national sub-targets for advanced biofuels. But a more long-term concern is the absence of a post-2020 decarbonisation target for transport fuels.
The EU took some small but welcome steps towards reforming its biofuels policy on 13 June when the council of energy ministers agreed a position. Clearly the content of this agreement - food-based biofuels capped at seven per cent of petrol and diesel sold, and weak national targets for advanced biofuels - is far from satisfactory as it is still fails to differentiate among the various types of biofuels and reward those with better environmental performance.