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Train delayed: Europe slowly injecting more competition on rail travel

The European Parliament at the plenary session in Strasbourg today voted to start exposing Europe’s incumbent passenger rail companies to more competition but falls short of ensuring Europeans will get better, cheaper train trips in the near future. Sustainable transport group, Transport & Environment (T&E), thinks today’s vote is a small step in making rail more efficient and customer-focused so as to attract more people onto trains. 

Published on December 14, 2016 - 13:24

Implementing Act is crucial for improving the European rail market

This briefing outlines the need for EU legislation to deal with the issue of incumbent rail operators denying access to service facilities such as ticket machines or services desks for new market entrants. T&E welcomes the Commission’s proposal as it is important to improve the functioning of the railway market. We believe that this legislation could play a significant role in changing the dynamics of the European railway market and improving services for both passengers and shippers.

Published on December 13, 2016 - 12:07

Does the Money Match the Targets? - Aligning EU Investment in Transport Infrastructure with EU Climate Targets

When? 
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 -
09:30 to 13:00
Where? 
Stanhope Hotel
Rue du Commerce 9
1000 Brussels
Belgium

The European Commission have earmarked over €100 billion to spend on transport infrastructure in the current EU budget. The Commission also have committed to a 60% reduction in transport emissions before 2050. Meanwhile, transport emissions continue to rise across the continent. European countries have established national climate targets under both the Paris agreement and the ESR. If we are to meet such climate targets then investments will need to be made in order to succeed with our goals. Change goes where the money flows: if we are to decarbonise our transport sector then EU spending will need to play a larger role in ensuring that. Speakers:Branislav Urbanic (The European Court of Auditors)Martin Lange (Umweltbundesamt, The Germany Environment Agency)Stephane Ouaki (DG Move, European Commission)Pia Nieminen (European Investment Bank)Markus Trilling (CAN Europe)Sebastien Godinot (WWF)

Published on November 15, 2016 - 12:10

Give walking and cycling ‘equal status to private cars’, says UN agency

The United Nations Environment Programme says making walking and cycling safer is vital for reducing pollution and climate-changing emissions. A new UNEP report notes the contribution of road transport to global warming and air pollution, yet almost half the 1.3 million people who die each year in traffic accidents are pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists – transport users who generate fewest emissions.

Published on November 10, 2016 - 15:22

Europe weighs up options after weak global deal on aviation CO2

More than 65 countries have signed up to offset, but not reduce, aircraft emissions from international flights, starting in 2021. However, participation in the scheme until 2027 is voluntary and its coverage of emissions falls well short of the ‘carbon neutral growth in 2020’ target promised by UN aviation body ICAO and industry. The European Commission will now examine the agreement and decide what action to recommend be taken in light of the current suspension of the emissions trading system’s (ETS) coverage of flights into and out of Europe.

Published on November 10, 2016 - 10:15

Is Poland primed for truck toll expansion?

Campaigners in Poland believe they are close to persuading the government to expand the country’s road toll system for lorries. T&E’s Polish member Inspro is pushing for the existing system to become totally CO2-based – thereby discouraging the use of highly polluting lorries – and knows the Polish government is generally in favour of expanding road tolls, but it is still seeking the political will. The issue is important because the European Commission’s proposed revision of the Eurovignette directive next year could allow CO2-based tolling. 

Published on November 9, 2016 - 12:23

Vans: Falling through the cracks of Europe’s transport policy

The Commission is currently drafting its “road initiative”, which consists of two main objectives: one is the protection of the rights of truck drivers and the other is a promotional mechanism to encourage a cleaner freight transport system. If done properly, this will have a positive impact on ending the exploitation of foreign truck drivers while also reducing CO2 emissions from road transport. However, vans simply bypass all of these laws and, if the Commission fails to address this, it could open the door to the further exploitation of drivers and result in dirtier and more congested roads.

Published on November 8, 2016 - 10:27

ICAO and IMO after Paris: did they deliver?

When? 
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 -
11:30 to 13:00

The Paris Agreement’s objectives cannot be achieved without action to address rapidly growing emissions from international aviation and shipping, however these emissions sit outside of national targets. At the conclusion of COP21, the two UN agencies which regulate these sectors (ICAO for aviation and IMO for shipping) promised big action in 2016. Did they deliver? The event will consider what progress, if any, was made this year, what impact it may have on these sectors and what needs to happen now. 

Published on November 7, 2016 - 13:11

Urban E-Freight Conference

When? 
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 -
09:00 to 12:45
Where? 
Autoworld
Jubelpark 11
1000 Brussels
Belgium

Discussing benefits, risks and potential of electrifying city logistics and public transportation, this event addresses representatives of member states, the European Commission and Members of the European Parliament.

Published on October 13, 2016 - 16:24

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