Under pressure from the tyre industry and the Italian government, the European Parliament's industry committee has voted to water-down proposed legislation to make car tyres quieter and more energy efficient.
Jos Dings writes in today's European Voice:
It is unfortunate, especially considering the millions of euros his company is spending on advertising its views on EU biofuel policy, that the president and CEO of Abengoa Bioenergy is apparently not aware of studies that calculate the impacts of land-use change on lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions from biofuel production.
MEPs have rejected moves for the Commission’s proposals for binding carbon dioxide standards for new cars to be watered down. But the vote was followed by a proposal from the French presidency that would indeed weaken the proposals.
The highest administrative court in Poland has ruled that the controversial Augustow by-pass planned to cut through pristine and protected wetlands in the Rospuda Valley is illegal. But environmental groups are warning that the Polish government is trying to 're-brand' the route under a different road scheme.
What a month! We knew when the Commission proposed Europe's first mandatory emissions standards for new cars that getting the legislation passed would mean a bumpy ride, but the events of September really were dramatic. Yet how many people really understand what is behind this increasingly polarised issue?