Research by the respected Dutch consultancy CE Delft has shown that carbon dioxide emissions from road transport could be reduced by 30% if motorway speed limits in the Netherlands were set at 80 km/h.
Editorial by Chris Bowers, Editor, T&E Bulletin
The man who pioneered London’s congestion charge, Ken Livingstone, was the highest-profile speaker at last month’s T&E annual general meeting, which also celebrated T&E’s 20th birthday.
France’s president Nicolas Sarkozy has abandoned his highly publicised tax on carbon emissions. But recent trends among EU finance ministries suggest the French are moving against the tide.
Allegations by a Green MEP have led the Commission to investigate possible illegal activity in which oversized lorries are operating between Germany and Denmark.
The potential for climate legislation to influence transport policy was demonstrated in Great Britain last month, when a judge told the British government it could not go ahead with a third runway and sixth terminal at London’s Heathrow airport without looking again at the project’s climate implications.
The European Investment Bank is consulting for the first time on its lending policy to transport projects.
Letter to Climate Commissioner on Fuel Quality Directive Implementation
T&E, together with 11 other NGOs, has written to the Commissioner for Climate Action raising concerns over a proposal for calculating the life-cycle greenhouse gas (GHG) intensity of fossil fuels under the 2009 fuel quality directive.
T&E's Annual Review for 2009.
Officials are holding back evidence of biofuels' land-use impact. A coalition of four environmental organisations, including T&E, has filed a legal action against the European Commission over its refusal to release documents that are vital to the debate on biofuels.