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EU agrees on safer, cleaner lorries - but by 2022

The 28 EU governments and the European Parliament last night reached a deal to end brick-shaped lorries, which are inefficient and very dangerous for cyclists and pedestrians. The agreed law gives manufacturers the ability to produce more streamlined, safer and fuel-efficient lorries but, amid heavy lobbying by industry, sets a delay until 2022 [1] before redesigned lorry cabs are allowed on Europe’s roads. Member State representatives still need to formally approve the deal at a COREPER meeting on December 17th.

The Sulphur Directive – cutting air pollution from ships

When? 
Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 13:00 to 14:30
Where? 
Room ASP 3 H 1
European Parliament
1047 Brussels
Belgium
A policy lunch, The Sulphur Directive – cutting air pollution from ships, will be hosted by Jytte Guteland MEP (S&D) and organised by Transport & Environment with the financial support of Umwelt Bundes Amt.

‘Reformed’ or not, corporate handouts in trade agreements are as dangerous as ever

Two proposed trade deals – the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Trade and Economic Agreement (CETA), and the United States-European Union Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) – have attracted widespread international criticism by threatening to give unrivaled, unfettered "investment" rights to multinational corporations, including the world's worst polluters. While the text of CETA has been finalized and made public and TTIP is in an earlier phase of secretive negotiations, both still require formal ratification. It's not too late – the EU, U.S. and Canada should eliminate corporate-empowering rules from trade agreements rather than falsely claim that the rules have been "reformed" for the better.

EU Parliament passes law to make ships report climate emissions

For the first time, all shipping companies calling at EU ports will have to measure and publicly report carbon emissions under a law approved by an overwhelming majority of the European Parliament’s Environment Committee today. Sustainable transport group Transport & Environment (T&E) says that the law is weak – it only monitors fuel consumption instead of directly reducing it, and only covers CO2 and not air pollutants like SO2 or NOx – but it can still trigger fuel savings indirectly.

MEPs’ rejection of weak fuel quality rules sends strong signal for post-2020 cleaner fuels plan

Today’s vote by members of the Environment Committee against the proposed fuel quality rules sends a strong message to the European Commission that its implementing measures are too weak and fail to discourage oil companies from using and investing in the world’s dirtiest oil. The vote also reinforces MEPs’ support for a strong implementation of the Fuel Quality Directive’s (FQD) decarbonisation target and its continuation after 2020.

Scribbling in the margins – biodiesel’s efforts to make itself look good

Sometimes in life, you really need to prove that you’re good at something. Good at running, good at singing, good at football, good at your job. Other times, however, it may seem like it’s enough to just be better than someone else. Yes, maybe I’m not great at my job, but at least I’m better than that guy. Last week, we discovered that the European biodiesel industry is abandoning its attempt to argue that biodiesel is really good for the environment, and is instead focusing on trying to find something that has an even worse carbon performance than biodiesel.

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