The UN aviation body ICAO yesterday announced agreement on a global fuel efficiency standard for new aircraft that is unlikely to have any effect on the climate, green NGO Transport & Environment (T&E) has said. The decision fell victim to commercial pressures, the group claimed, and potentially signals business as usual for the Airbus-Boeing duopoly until 2028 – some 20 years after work on the standard began.
The 1.5/2°C warming limit agreed at the Paris climate summit will be impossible to meet unless Europe and the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) introduce measures to cut shipping emissions, NGOs Seas At Risk and Transport & Environment have warned. Shipping could be responsible for 17% of global CO2 emissions in 2050 if left unregulated, according to an EU study, placing climate action firmly at the top of the EU commissioners’ and IMO secretary-general’s agendas when they meet in Brussels today.
In this joint letter, Eurocities, Polis, European Transport Safety Council and Transport & Environment call on the Commission to include ambitious direct vision requirements for lorries in the upcoming revision of the General Safety Regulation (GSR).
Last week was a big week in the history of T&E, in the history of policymaking in our area, and even, to a certain extent, in the history of the EU. That may sound a bit pompous so I will explain.
The European Parliament today caved in to pressure from car-producing countries and agreed to weaken the limits for nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions from new diesel cars. The effective new ‘Euro 6’ limit, 168mg of NOx per km, is more than double that agreed in 2007 (80mg/km). From 2020, all new cars will still be allowed to emit 120mg/km. Transport & Environment (T&E) is disappointed with the decision, which will undermine efforts to clean up Europe’s air and improve public health.
The almost daily revelations of the Volkswagen dieselgate soap opera continue to cast a shadow over the company and the car industry.
The company has acutely damaged the reputations of Germany’s behemoth automotive sector and Teutonic engineering – but they are not the only villains.
Europe’s largest association of car drivers, the German ADAC, has said a 75g per km CO2 emissions limit for new cars from 2025 would be consistent with current trends. The ADAC also said so-called ‘supercredits’ for makers of low-emission vehicles do nothing to reduce overall climate changing emissions.
The European Environment Agency (EEA) has attempted to explain why the EU’s current emissions testing system for new cars is giving readings that are very different from emissions in real-life driving.
Ahead of tomorrow’s vote on the Real-world Driving Emission (RDE) objection, Transport & Environment is calling on you to support the objection of the Environment Committee and veto the unlawful RDE agreement reached between Council and Commission in October 2015.