Response to the European Commission consultation on the EU Road Safety Action Programme 2011-2020
Aviation and Shipping (bunker) emissions at Copenhagen. Answers to frequently asked questions.
Several European environmental NGOs have launched Cleaner Car Contracts, an initiative to mobilise Europe's largest lease companies and fleet owners to accelerate the introduction of fuel-efficient cars.
Two-page briefing on reducing NOx emissions from shipping and the findings of the T&E/EEB/AirClim report 'Market-based instruments for NOx abatement in the Baltic Sea'.
Joint NGO report on tackling NOx emissions from shipping using economic instruments. Published by AirClim, EEB and Transport & Environment.
The European Parliament has approved a new energy efficiency, safety and noise labelling scheme for new tyres. Transport & Environment says the label is a step forward but much will now depend on national authorities being strict on implementing the scheme.
The EU has proposed a specific global agreement on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from aviation and shipping, but it has stepped back from committing the money that could be the key to making it happen. Last month, EU environment ministers agreed to put forward a proposal to cut emissions from aircraft by 10% and from shipping by 20% over the next 10 years (relative to 2005). The proposal, which has been approved by EU heads of government, is now a negotiating mandate for next month’s international climate change summit in Copenhagen.
Europe’s first legislation to limit carbon dioxide emissions from new vans has been published by the Commission. Although a significant development, the draft regulation has the fingerprints of fierce lobbying by the automotive industry, and even the EU’s environment commissioner regretted its reduced level of ambition.
The worst biofuels can emit 2000% more greenhouse gases than fossil fuels, while the best can genuinely cut down on emissions. Those are two conclusions of a new United Nations report, one of several papers published in the last month that reaffirm that only certain biofuels can be environmentally beneficial – and only then if produced in certain ways.