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Some progress but unresolved tensions at end of high-level UN aviation climate talks

NGO coalition highlights progress in proposed global market-based measure but warns that the proposal falls well short of Paris climate agreement objectivesMONTREAL – Divisions between nations over how to share the benefits and burdens of pollution cuts in the international aviation sector continue to threaten prospects for an agreement to limit these emissions, an environmental coalition said at the conclusion of a three-day High-level Meeting of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the UN’s aviation agency. Prominent environmental groups advocating for a “Flightpath to 1.5 degrees” warned that ICAO risked a high profile failure at its September assembly of delegations if it didn't find ways to bridge key differences quickly.

EU fails to press for Arctic ban on dirtiest shipping fuel

The EU’s failure to push for a ban on the use by ships of heavy fuel oil (HFO), a toxic pollutant, when operating in the Arctic is a major cause of concern, a group of eight environmental NGOs[1] has said. However, they welcomed the European Commission’s focus on climate mitigation and adaptation strategies and on protecting the environment in its new Arctic strategy.

Carmakers and fuel producers want to wish away transport’s climate challenge

Today’s claim by Shell and carmakers that current climate policies virtually complete the job of tackling transport emissions is wishful thinking, an analysis by green transport group Transport & Environment shows. The Auto Fuel Coalition of carmakers, oil companies and biofuels producers published a 2030 CO2 estimate of the effect of existing climate policies that is 20% below the European Commission’s own reference scenario.

Biodiesel’s impact: emissions of an extra 12m cars on our roads, latest figures show

Using biodiesel for transport was supposed to reduce CO2 emissions but instead it’s set to increase Europe’s overall transport emissions by almost 4%, according to a new analysis of the European Commission’s latest study on biofuels. These extra emissions are equivalent to putting around 12 million additional cars on Europe’s roads in 2020, the analysis by green group Transport & Environment (T&E) finds. This analysis takes into account the 7% cap on the contribution of biofuels produced from food crops.

IMO scuttles shipping’s response to Paris climate deal

The shipping sector’s response to the Paris climate agreement was left in disarray after governments attending a meeting of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) today were unable to even agree on a work plan to develop a ‘fair share’ contribution to the goal of limiting temperature increases to 1.5/2°C. The IMO could only manage to kick the can down the road to its next meeting in October.

European Parliament urges ministers to match Paris ambition on ships and planes

The European Parliament today called on EU governments to align the 2030 EU climate target with the Paris Agreement and introduce EU measures to cut emissions from aviation and shipping. In a letter sent to Europe’s ministers of transport and environment, the heads of seven political groups of the Parliament's environment committee also demanded greater climate ambition at both ICAO and IMO, the UN bodies charged with regulating emissions from aircraft and ships respectively, and at EU level.

Latest official EU figures on new car CO2 emissions are 'hot air'

The official new car CO2 figures for 2016 published today by the European Environment Agency are worthless and the claimed savings hot air, green transport group Transport & Environment​ (T&E)​ has said. The testing system is utterly discredited and the claimed fall in emissions is largely achieved through manufacturers manipulating the outdated tests. In 2015 new passenger cars emitted on average 119.6 grammes (g) of carbon dioxide (CO2) per kilometre – 3% lower than in the previous year. The reality ​on our roads ​is that the efficiency of new cars has been largely unchanged for four years.

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