The European Commission today, under intense international pressure, proposed to reduce its Emissions Trading System (ETS) for aviation to only cover flights in European airspace. The proposal would only cover 35% of aviation emissions compared to the original aviation EU ETS.
At its 65th session, the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) reached an agreement in principle to postpone the international NOx emissions limits for new ships from 2016 to 2021. This IMO decision needs to be confirmed by vote at the next MEPC meeting in April 2014. This briefing outlines why T&E believes a strict NOx standard for shipping should not be delayed. International shipping is currently responsible for 50,000 premature deaths annually in Europe.
European environment ministers today effectively scrapped an agreement to limit emissions from new cars to 95g CO2/km by 2020. The European Parliament, the Commission and EU governments had, in June, previously struck a fairly negotiated deal confirming the target.
In December 2013 the European Commission is expected to publish more concrete proposals for the 2030 framework for climate and energy policies. Providing a legal framework for key sectors and gases currently covered by the Effort Sharing Decision (ESD) will be crucial to deliver significant emissions reductions up to 2030 required to keep the EU on a competitive low carbon pathway.
This blogpost was first published on EurActivLast week, 21 Nobel peace and science laureates wrote to the European Commission urging them to immediately implement a law that recognises the higher greenhouse gas emissions of processing unconventional fuels such as tar sands. The urgency is because the Commission is delaying the publication of a proposal on how the EU will give different carbon ‘intensity’ values to dirtier fuels. This comes at a time when the IPCC has made it clear that we are responsible for climate change and that our carbon budget is limited.
Shipping and aviation represented around 3.2 and 2.1 per cent respectively of global CO2 emissions in the mid-2000s. A wide range of projections and scenarios shows that both sectors are likely to grow over the coming decades with a resultant increase in CO2 emissions by 2050, despite various mitigation efforts.
The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), at its 38th Assembly that ended today, failed to act decisively to reduce international aviation’s huge impact on the climate. It has instead voted to try and weaken Europe’s efforts to combat emissions from aviation – the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS).
In a secret session, European Union member states today delayed for the third time a vote to rubber stamp a deal to limit emissions from new cars to 95g CO2/km by 2020. This June, the European Parliament, the Commission and EU governments struck a fairly negotiated deal confirming the 95g target.
Traffic noise is the second biggest environmental factor affecting Europe’s health after air pollution. Almost half of EU citizens are regularly exposed to road traffic noise over the level that the World Health Organisation (WHO) considers to pose a serious risk to health. Noise pollution has been linked to 50,000 fatal heart attacks every year in Europe.