An intense programme of 'Green Growth' would bring substantial benefits, according to the World Energy Outlook's 2009 report. It says the global financial crisis has stopped the rise in fossil-energy use, but only temporarily and the long-term growth will resume soon.
Three cities have been given awards for the best sustainable urban mobility activities and progress in Europe. Gent (B), Nantes (F) and Sutton (GB) were described as the most outstanding, ambitious and innovative cities of 2009 by Civitas, an initiative for city vitality and sustainability.
Having campaigned for years against road transit traffic, T&E member organisation The Alpine Initiative asked 50 lorry drivers what exactly they were transporting through Switzerland's Gotthard road tunnel. The answers ranged from car tyres, disposable nappies and felt, to cigarette filters and even caps for toothpaste tubes.
Transport & Environment, together with other organisations, has criticised the decision to ask Norway and Singapore to guide informal talks on aviation/shipping emissions at Copenhagen.
A deal on including aviation and shipping emissions in the Copenhagen climate agreement is being blocked by China, India, Saudi Arabia and The Bahamas (1). Failure to include the two sectors (known collectively as bunker emissions) puts at risk both a major source of climate funding for developing countries and the long term success of climate reduction targets say environmental organisations.
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'.