A panel debate organised by the Joint Representation of the City of Hamburg and the State of Schleswig-Holstein to the EU, in association with UBA and Transport & Environment.
The European Commission has finally announced plans to introduce new fuel efficiency standards for vans.
Saving lives, fuel and CO2:
Why the EU should set stringent standards for
tyre pressure monitoring systems
The triple challenges of climate, squeezes on public finances and the need to grow jobs will mean the EU and its member states will have to reinvent transport policy. The sector will have to be decarbonised but without public money.
The EU risks endangering road safety and creating additional carbon dioxide emissions following calls to weaken the technical details of new EU rules for car tyre pressure monitoring systems (TPMS). EU member state officials will meet with the European Commission on Tuesday to discuss whether to approve weaker standards backed by the global car industry with the support of some Member State governments led by Germany and current EU Presidency holder, Sweden.
The latest figures on how car makers are reducing carbon dioxide emissions from new cars highlight rapidly differing performances among the main manufacturers. But the pattern of those differences shows that the forthcoming obligatory CO2 limits are leading to changes in the automotive industry, which has led T&E to intensify its call for the EU to introduce CO2 limits for light commercial vehicles.
MEPs, the Commission and officials of member states have agreed a labelling scheme for new tyres that T&E says is a step forward but much will now depend on national authorities being strict on implementing the scheme.
The idea that December’s Copenhagen climate change summit should set specific greenhouse gas reduction targets for aviation and shipping has made only modest progress at the latest round of UN preparatory talks held in Bangkok earlier this month.
A Swiss haulage association has said allowing 25-metre lorries – known as ‘mega-trucks’ or ‘gigaliners’ – on Europe’s roads would be bad economically and environmentally.
The EU has been accused of missing targets put forward in the 2001 Common Transport Policy. A study from the University of Leeds says the 2001 white paper promised sustainable mobility, but progress made in greening transport over the past 10 years have been limited. The study, which was carried out for the Community of European Railways says limited progress has also been made in revitalising the rail sector, with achievements largely restricted to intramodel competition.