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Obama stops Arctic oil drilling – for now

The Obama administration has blocked any new drilling permits for oil in the Arctic for the next two years, and refused requests to extend existing drilling permits. The decision follows Shell’s abandonment of Arctic drilling in September and could signal the end of the threat of oil exploration in the delicate Arctic ecosystem.

How green is Canada’s new government?

The environmental direction of Canada’s new Liberal Party government is known – easily an improvement on Stephen Harper’s hostile Conservative administration. But the extent to which new prime minister Justin Trudeau (pictured) moves the G7 country away from its tar sands obsession remains to be seen. Particular concern surrounds his commitment to the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline.

MEPs call for mandatory eco-driving meters

MEPs have voted for mandatory fuel consumption meters on all new cars from 2019 – tightening the Commission’s original proposal on eliminating the discrepancy between emissions in test conditions and those in real-world driving, which omitted fuel consumption meters. The European Parliament’s environment committee said the proposal didn’t do enough to reduce fuel use, and last month it voted for indicators to be obligatory on all new models from 2018 and on all new cars from 1 January 2019.

Sustainable development and environment in TTIP

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Nearly three decades after they were first proposed, the pillars of sustainable development are still absent from the EU’s trade policy. Sustainable development is included in the EU’s trade strategies, negotiations and agreements — but in name only. The current approach still falls short of real commitment and ambition. In this study, T&E and ClientEarth have identified nine remedies ranging from meaningful enforcement and dispute-settlement to the inclusion of sustainable development provisions in every aspect of agreements. The EU has an ambitious list of open negotiations — the opportunity is ripe for an updated approach that truly integrates sustainable development and trade.

Governments double and delay air pollution limits for diesel cars

EU governments have agreed to new limits for nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions from diesel cars that are double the ‘Euro 6’ levels agreed back in 2007. They have also delayed the implementation of new limits for all new cars until 2019. From 2021, all new cars will still be allowed to emit 50% more NOx than the Euro 6 limit of 80mg/km.

CO2 standard for aircraft – another Greenwash?

When? 
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 -
08:00 to 09:30
Where? 
European Parliament
Room ASP 1E1
1000 Brussels
Belgium
ICAO, the UN aviation agency, is working on a CO2 efficiency standard for new aircraft. Aviation is the only transport mode without such a standard for new vehicles. In sector emission reductions are vital as ICAO predicts international aviation emissions, already substantial, will grow up to 300% by 2050.

MEPs demand ambitious real-driving test in 2017 and EU watchdog to solve Dieselgate

The full European Parliament today called on the European Commission and member states to introduce an ambitious on-the-road test in 2017 to finally meet the current Euro 6 limit for diesel cars of 80mg of nitrogen oxides (NOx) per km. The MEPs’ resolution also asked the Commission to set up a European certification authority that will oversee the work of the national type approval authorities to ensure independence from the car industry. Only cars randomly taken from the production line should be tested, MEPs concluded. Currently, national authorities only test ‘golden vehicles’ that are specially prepared for passing the tests, and no systematic checks take place afterwards.

Aviation and shipping emissions back in draft Paris climate deal

The reinsertion of international aviation and shipping emissions into the draft Paris agreement has been welcomed by sustainable transport group Transport & Environment after it was dropped from text issued by the talks’ co-chairs on 5 October. However, the draft’s language needs to be considerably strengthened if it is to help curb the two sectors’ growing climate impact, T&E said.

Letter to UN on aviation and shipping emissions in the draft Paris Agreement

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In this letter, the Clean Shipping Coalition and the International Coalition for Sustainable Aviation highlight the absence of emissions from international aviation and shipping from the draft Paris COP21 agreement. They call on the UN leadership to act immediately with Parties to the UNFCCC to ensure that the language in previous drafts on aviation and shipping emissions is reinstated - these sectors must adopt credible targets and measures. International aviation and shipping emissions are growing rapidly, and their exclusion will critically undermine efforts to limit a temperature increase to 1.5/2 degrees.

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