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Setback for Alps as Swiss tunnel referendum passed

Switzerland has voted in favour of building a second road tunnel through the Gotthard alpine mountain. In a referendum in late February, the Swiss electorate voted by 57% to 43% to approve a second road tunnel, despite it appearing to contradict the Swiss constitution that commits the country to shifting goods transport from road to rail. The vote has been widely seen as part of a political swing to the right, which has been accompanied by a weakening of public willingness to support environmental measures.

Tighter environmental standards don’t hurt competitiveness – OECD

Implementing environmental regulations does not weaken an economy’s export competitiveness. That is the finding of a new study by the OECD that looks at trade between countries with strong environmental policies and countries with less stringent regulation. Its conclusion undermines the rationale for the 'better regulation' agenda being pushed by some EU countries.

FlightPath 1.5 launches 100 days after COP21 to urge the UN to cap and cut aviation’s climate pollution

Prominent environmental organizations today launched FlightPath 1.5, an international campaign aimed at solving the defining global climate change issue of 2016: reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the airline industry. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the United Nations (UN) decision-making body charged with regulating aviation emissions, takes up the issue in September. If it fails to take bold steps, aviation emissions are projected to triple by 2050. Aviation, a top-ten global polluter, was not directly addressed in the landmark COP21 Paris climate agreement agreed to 100 days ago today.

Briefing on the life cycle of EU trade agreements

The following briefing explains the procedure for the negotiation, signing, and conclusion of the EU’s international trade agreements (Free Trade Agreement (FTA)), based on the legal provisions of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU)[1], part of the Lisbon Treaty. The briefing provides a detailed step-by-step analysis of important aspects of the life cycle of EU trade agreements.

Natural gas vehicles an expensive, ineffective way to cut car and truck emissions – not a ‘bridge fuel’

Increasing the use of natural gas in cars and trucks would be largely ineffective in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and air pollution, a new independent study finds. There are no GHG savings in shifting from diesel cars and trucks to compressed or liquefied natural gas (LNG) cars and trucks, while petrol-hybrid, electric and hydrogen cars deliver much greater climate benefits, the study for sustainable transport group Transport & Environment says.

Natural gas in vehicles – on the road to nowhere

In February 2016, the European Commission released a proposal to guarantee its gas supply security and is preparing another one to implement the EU’s 2030 climate targets for the transport, buildings and agriculture sectors. It is also developing a communication to decarbonise the road transport sector, to be announced this summer. To understand what role natural gas could have in achieving these objectives, T&E commissioned a study from Ricardo Energy & Environment to assess the impacts of large-scale use of natural gas in the transport sector.

PSA Peugeot Citroën et deux ONG publient les premiers résultats de consommation en usage réel

A l’occasion du Salon de Genève 2016, PSA Peugeot Citroën tient ses engagements de transparence vis-à-vis de ses clients en publiant les premiers résultats de consommation en usage réel de trois de ses modèles. Cette initiative est une première mondiale dans l’industrie automobile. Ces résultats sont issus du protocole d’essais défini avec les ONG Transport & Environment (T&E) et France Nature Environnement (FNE), audités par Bureau Veritas. Ce protocole fiable confirme la consommation en usage réel des clients PSA, ainsi que les résultats de la base de données indépendantes d’enquêtes clientèles.

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