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Tougher CO2 Targets for Cars: Emission Impossible?

In this blog post, T&E programme manager Greg Archer describes the policy and political consequences of the newly-released Commission's proposal on car CO2 emissions. He also tries to figure out the future scenarios that the proposal will be confronted with, once discussed by the parliament and the Council. The phrase "Emissions impossible", mentioned in the title was originally coined by Italian MEP Guido Sacconi.

Commission confirms car and van emissions limits for 2020

The European Commission has published proposals that will confirm carbon dioxide limits for new cars and vans for the year 2020 in a review of existing laws. The proposed legislation, released on 11 July, indicates that the average new car should emit no more than 95 grams of CO2 per kilometre, and the average new van 147 g/km by 2020. T&E has welcomed the proposals but says a lot more could have been achieved if the Commission had shown more ambition, for example by setting a target of 80g for 2020 and 60g for 2025.

Green change possible if people see that it works

Opinion by Dudley Curtis - T&E Communications Manager Dudley Curtis leaves T&E in August after eight years as communications manager. Here he reflects on how the campaign to force car makers to stick to a maximum average level of carbon dioxide emissions has evolved, and what this says about the chances of further environmental progress.

Commission set to back 2020 car CO2 limits

The Commission is planning to set 95 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometre as the obligatory emissions limit for the average new car by 2020. T&E has welcomed the news but says developments elsewhere in the world mean the 95g limit may now be too weak to safeguard the EU’s leadership on fuel-efficient cars.

European Parliament draft report hinders plans for quieter cars

The lives of millions of Europeans could be blighted by traffic noise pollution for years to come if the European Parliament – under pressure from car manufacturers - backs draft changes to proposed future vehicle noise emissions standards in a forthcoming vote. Transport & Environment, the sustainable transport campaigners, are calling for rules that will lead to a real-world drop in traffic noise, which is a major cause of heart disease and has a negative impact on children’s learning.

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