T&E's reaction to the Parliament's hearing of Commissioner-designate for Transport and Space Maroš ŠefčovičToday’s questioning of Commissioner-designate for Transport and Space revealed Maroš Šefčovič to be a capable and experienced Commissioner with a surprisingly good grasp of his brief.
The Council of the EU today passed the infrastructure for alternative fuels law, failing to boost the development of a low-carbon European transport network. The enacted law drops all binding targets for electric charging points or hydrogen. Transport & Environment has said the law is a ‘dead letter’ because it will do nothing to set a level playing field for alternative fuels to fairly compete with oil in transport energy, and called for a broad strategy for clean e-mobility.
A project with innovative ideas designed to get cross-border commuters to switch from cars to cycling and public transport has won T&E member VCÖ’s mobility award in Austria.
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.
We just published a new paper on how electric cars are faring these days in Europe, and since I get asked a lot what we think about them, let me try to summarise my thoughts here.
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.
A radical plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from Germany’s transport sector by 95% by 2050 has been worked out by a coalition of five German NGOs, among them T&E’s German member VCD.
The United States and Canadian governments are using ongoing trade talks to push the European Union to allow devastating tar sands unfettered access to its market, according to a new report out today.