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Now is not the time to slow the momentum on better cars

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Editorial by Aat Peterse, T&E Policy Officer

So it can be done! The news from our third progress report on car makers’ efforts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions shows BMW as the star reducer at 7.3%. What is perhaps even more telling is that this progress was made across the entire fleet of cars that BMW brings to market.

Shipping warning

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The EU’s senior official dealing with shipping has again warned the International Maritime Organisation that the EU will act on shipping emissions if the IMO takes insufficient action. Jos Delbeke said the EU would ‘do the IMO’s work’ if the IMO and shipping companies do not act. ‘It is astonishing how significant the emission reductions would be if ships today applied state-of-the-art technology,’ he said.

No charge

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The newly elected mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has abandoned plans for basing the London congestion charge on CO2 emissions. The plans, which included charging the worst cars over €30 and led to a legal challenge from Porsche, were launched earlier this year by Johnson’s predecessor Ken Livingstone. The London congestion charge remains unaltered.