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Europe puts up good plan for cleaner transport but forgets to sell it

Our work area, European policy for cleaner, smarter transport, is not one that typically sets newspaper headlines alight. For starters, acronyms like ILUC (indirect land-use change, from biofuels) or WLTP (the new test cycle for car emissions) tend to kill mainstream media interest. The ever-expanding Dieselgate scandal is the rare, rather unfortunate, exception, and it confirms the old adage: ‘if it bleeds, it leads’.
Published on September 2, 2016 - 15:01

EU vehicle type approval: independent, robust and transparent

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 -
19:00 to 21:00
Member's Restaurant, European Parliament
1000 Brussels

This dinner, kindly hosted by Christel Schaldemose MEP and Ivan Štefanec MEP, will aim to contribute to the current Parliament and Council deliberations on the newly proposed type approval reform. The discussion will touch on the key provisions that are necessary to make the EU vehicle testing system more robust and independent, such as giving the Commission power to re-test cars, having better market surveillance of vehicles on the road, having better accountability of national regulators, and increased transparency. Speakers will include representatives from EU institutions, consumers, technical services, third party testing organisations and NGOs.You can register for the event here.

Published on September 1, 2016 - 14:02

Dieselgate continues: the startling contrast between two sides of the Atlantic

Against the backdrop of the eye-watering $15 billion settlement for Volkswagen in the US, the silence from the company in the face of calls for compensation in the EU is deafening. Here VW claims it hasn’t broken any EU laws and most governments are dancing to its tune. An excellent report published by the UK Parliament's transport select committee into Dieselgate nails the hypocrisy of VW’s claim of innocence by asking: why did VW apologise for its misconduct if it now denies any wrongdoing?
Published on August 26, 2016 - 17:19

German manufacturers join the race for electric vehicles

The race to electrify mobility took an important step forward with a series of announcements from German carmakers on new electric cars and trucks. This coincided with a strong signal from the European Commission, through its Low-Emission Mobility Strategy, that electric vehicles, and not diesel-powered ones, have the principal role in decarbonising transport.

Published on August 10, 2016 - 10:01

Transport is now Europe’s biggest climate problem - EEA data

Greenhouse gas emissions from the transport sector have grown for the first time since 2007 while those of other sectors of the economy have decreased, data released today by the European Environment Agency (EEA) revealed. The EEA’s report on EU-wide trends in greenhouse gas emissions in 2014 plainly shows that transport has now become the single biggest emitter of greenhouse gases in Europe.

Published on June 21, 2016 - 13:39

Airport backed with €33m public funding now airplane parking

A Portuguese regional airport that was expanded with large amounts of EU funding has announced plans to turn itself into an aircraft parking facility because demand for the airport has fallen badly short of predictions. The case highlights T&E’s call for greater scrutiny of public money being used to prop up carbon-intensive, underutilised infrastructure with questionable social and economic benefits. 

Published on May 3, 2016 - 13:43

Are financial concerns influencing Germany’s road building?

A controversy is growing in Germany about future funding mechanisms for building and maintaining roads. The federal government and the 16 state governments are looking at new financing options involving the private sector, but T&E’s member VCD has criticised the direction in which the discussions are going, saying they take no account of the need to fight climate change and changing transport trends.

Published on May 3, 2016 - 10:04

Natural gas not a ‘bridge fuel’ to cleaner trucks and cars – study

Natural gas is not a ‘bridge fuel’ to a cleaner future for cars and trucks – as the fossil fuel industry claims – because it would be largely ineffective in cutting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and air pollution, an independent study has found. Instead petrol-hybrid, electric and hydrogen cars deliver much greater climate benefits.
Published on April 5, 2016 - 16:36