T&E's priorities for the 2007 Portuguese presidency of the EU
Europe should have a target of reducing overall carbon dioxide emissions from the transport sector by 20% between 1990 and 2020.
MEPs have voted twice to restrict the possibilities for 25-metre lorries (variously called “monster trucks”, “modular trucks”, “gigaliners”, and other names) to use EU roads.
Greenhouse gas emissions from transport continue to rise and the sector's share of total emissions is also higher than ever before. These are the findings of T&E's analysis of 2005 data submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC).
EU transport and energy ministers have called for “more active use of economic instruments” to encourage people to buy more fuel-efficient cars.
T&E is calling on the EU to make road user charges that include the full costs of pollution and congestion a prerequisite for the introduction of longer and heavier lorries, or 'gigaliners', now being trialled in several European countries.
T&E welcomed five new member organisations at its AGM on Saturday 26 March. The Czech Transport Federation, Danish
Society for Nature Conservation, Focus Association for Sustainable Development, Slovenia and Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland joined as full members and Movimento Consumatori, Italy as associate member. T&E now has 49 members in 21 countries.
The European Environmental Agency has sharply criticised the proposed shift in the EU’s Common Transport Policy away from managing demand and onto transport’s environmental impacts.
Editorial by Jos Dings
Happy Birthday, EU! It was 50 years ago this month that the European Economic Community was founded, and given the background
against which it began, it has been a great success. It’s hard to imagine now, but it was only 12 years after the end of the second major
war in 30 years, a war that had left Europe in tatters. The EU has been a tremendous success in getting people to the table rather than
the battlefield to sort out their differences.
Environment ministers this afternoon debated two key proposals to reduce the impact of transport on climate change.
On aviation they fell short of taking the decisive action needed according to T&E.