In this letter, the members of the Coalition for Higher Ambition – businesses, cities, trade unions and civil society groups – write to the heads of states and governments ahead of the signing ceremony of the Paris agreement on Friday, 22 April. The coalition urges the EU to adjust 2030 and 2050 greenhouse gas reductions targets to the long-term goals of the Paris agreement. It also highlights the need for strong economy-wide EU targets (including international aviation and shipping).
Aviation emissions are responsible for 5% of global warming and shipping makes up almost 3% of global CO2. These sectors have a CO2 impact equal to the UK and Germany and are continuing to grow rapidly – by up to 270% in 2050, by which time they could account for almost 40% of all emissions. Such emission growth will undermine reductions efforts by all countries and other sectors, effectively making the 1.5/2°C objective impossible to achieve.
Speech delivered by Jos Dings, T&E director, at the European Parliament Transport Committee’s hearing on the White Paper on Transport on 17 March 2015.
In October 2012 the European Commission launched a public consultation on 'Review of existing legislation on VAT reduced rates'. T&E has been campaigning to abolish the reduced rates for international passenger transport for years due to the harmful competitive distortions caused by those rates and the implicit subsidy it provides for passenger transport, especially in the aviation sector.
The EU should pave the way for a global action on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from shipping.
T&E reply to the Consultation of the European Commission on the ‘Green Paper on the future of VAT– Towards a simpler, more robust and efficient VAT system’
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.
Memo on "The required size of a levy
to make international shipping
meet its CO2 cap"