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EU Transport Policy Conflicts with Sustainable Development

The EU is about to embark on an unsustainable new transport policy which has little or no economic justification and undermines several other key European policies according to The Green 10 group of environmental NGOs in a letter sent today to Commission President José Manuel Barroso. Download the full letter.

The ETS is great, but not enough for the transport sector

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Editorial by Jos Dings

People sometimes ask me why the environmental movement has not been more enthusiastic about the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). I can’t speak for the entire environmental movement, only for T&E, but I think our views are shared by many others. The ETS is an exciting tool, and the EU’s institutions should be congratulated on introducing a mechanism that encourages an optimisation of energy use and emissions through market forces. But the ETS has an inherent problem that limits what it can do, which means other measures are still urgently needed.

What’s good for efficiency is good for the economy

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Editorial by Jos Dings

Five years ago Europe was presented with a new Common Transport Policy. Like its predecessor, it is expected to have a life of around 10 years, which means we are reaching the mid-point – and indeed we have a mid-term review coming up which will give us the chance to see if the EU is really living up to its promises.

T&E Position Paper on the mid-term review of the EU Common Transport Policy

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Doing more with less: towards the most transport-efficient economy. Submission to the public consultation of the European Commission on the Mid-term Review of the White Paper on the European Transport Policy by the European Federation for Transport and Environment.

T&E's Priorities for the 2006 Austrian Presidency of the EU (Deutsche version)

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In diesem kurzen Briefing präsentiert T&E die zehn wichtigsten umwelt- und verkehrsbezogenen Herausforderungen der österreichischen Ratspräsidentschaft. Für weitere Rückfragen und ausführlichere Sarstellungen stehen wir gerne zur Verfügung.

If ‘decoupling’ sounds boring, call it ‘transport efficiency’

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Editorial by Jos Dings

The run-up to this autumn’s proposed review of the EU’s Common Transport Policy seems to be creating a wave of nostalgia for outdated and discredited transport thinking. Last month, an advertisement appeared in the European Voice newspaper from an MEP of the European People’s Party and an organisation calling itself the “Taxpayers Association of Europe”. This appears to be a grouping of pro-road interests, as it calls for two central objectives of the current CTP to be abandoned: modal shift from road to rail and the decoupling of transport growth from economic growth.

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