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Governments double and delay air pollution limits for diesel cars

EU governments have agreed to new limits for nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions from diesel cars that are double the ‘Euro 6’ levels agreed back in 2007. They have also delayed the implementation of new limits for all new cars until 2019. From 2021, all new cars will still be allowed to emit 50% more NOx than the Euro 6 limit of 80mg/km.

CO2 standard for aircraft – another Greenwash?

When? 
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 -
08:00 to 09:30
Where? 
European Parliament
Room ASP 1E1
1000 Brussels
Belgium
ICAO, the UN aviation agency, is working on a CO2 efficiency standard for new aircraft. Aviation is the only transport mode without such a standard for new vehicles. In sector emission reductions are vital as ICAO predicts international aviation emissions, already substantial, will grow up to 300% by 2050.

MEPs demand ambitious real-driving test in 2017 and EU watchdog to solve Dieselgate

The full European Parliament today called on the European Commission and member states to introduce an ambitious on-the-road test in 2017 to finally meet the current Euro 6 limit for diesel cars of 80mg of nitrogen oxides (NOx) per km. The MEPs’ resolution also asked the Commission to set up a European certification authority that will oversee the work of the national type approval authorities to ensure independence from the car industry. Only cars randomly taken from the production line should be tested, MEPs concluded. Currently, national authorities only test ‘golden vehicles’ that are specially prepared for passing the tests, and no systematic checks take place afterwards.

Aviation and shipping emissions back in draft Paris climate deal

The reinsertion of international aviation and shipping emissions into the draft Paris agreement has been welcomed by sustainable transport group Transport & Environment after it was dropped from text issued by the talks’ co-chairs on 5 October. However, the draft’s language needs to be considerably strengthened if it is to help curb the two sectors’ growing climate impact, T&E said.

Europe gifting €2,600 subsidy for every diesel car through low diesel tax – study

Europeans pay 14 cent more on average in tax for a litre of petrol than for diesel – indirectly subsidising diesel cars to the order of €2,600 per vehicle, a new study by sustainable transport group Transport & Environment (T&E) finds. This 30% tax gap in favour of diesel is a key reason for diesel cars’ majority share of new sales in Europe and leads to air quality problems where nine out of 10 diesel cars fail to meet NOx limits when driven on the road. [1]

Europe's tax deals for diesel

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The gap between petrol and diesel taxes in Europe is quite unique in the world and is the main reason why diesel engines have taken off in Europe and not worldwide. This study analyses fuel price and tax trends since 1980 and adds a specific analysis of diesel tax paid by trucks. It finds that in 2014 the gap in tax levels for diesel and petrol paid by motorists was €0.14/l, which is 30% lower than petrol per unit of energy or tonne of CO2.

Letter to UN on aviation and shipping emissions in the draft Paris Agreement

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In this letter, the Clean Shipping Coalition and the International Coalition for Sustainable Aviation highlight the absence of emissions from international aviation and shipping from the draft Paris COP21 agreement. They call on the UN leadership to act immediately with Parties to the UNFCCC to ensure that the language in previous drafts on aviation and shipping emissions is reinstated - these sectors must adopt credible targets and measures. International aviation and shipping emissions are growing rapidly, and their exclusion will critically undermine efforts to limit a temperature increase to 1.5/2 degrees.

#Autogate: More tears to come

This is my modest attempt to add something to the almighty #autogate scandal that detonated like a bomb on 18 September, four intense weeks ago. Here we go. First, about the industry. All the evidence we have assembled has led us to say this affair is the tip of the iceberg. Predictably the industry is trying to paint it as the opposite - an isolated incident for which a few low-level rogue engineers were responsible.

AFTER VW: Wholesale reform of Europe’s car emissions testing needed

Europe’s response to the failure of EU vehicle emissions testing exposed by Volkswagen’s admission of cheating must be a complete overhaul of how cars are approved for sale. That was the response of T&E as further evidence emerged of the growing gap between official test results and cars’ actual carbon emissions on the road.

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