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EU could lose leadership position on fuel efficient cars

According to Reuters (1), the EU is set to confirm a legally-binding target for average new car CO2 emissions of 95 g/km by 2020. Transport & Environment, the sustainable transport campaigners, have warned that the target will not be enough to ensure Europe holds on to its leadership position in fuel saving technologies.

Cars and CO2

This briefing covers the EU's draft proposal on cutting co2 emissions to 95g CO2 / km by 2020.  It gives an overview of the benefits of regulating new car fuel efficiency and co2 emissions and examines whether past claims made by the automotive industry about the impact of such legislation actually came true.

T&E comment on reports of weakened future EU car fuel efficiency standards

A report in today’s edition of Die Welt (1), suggests future European fuel efficiency standards for new cars could be weakened to account for “infrastructure, driver behavior and other measures”. The story cites a forthcoming report by the EU’s CARS 21 high level policy group.

A Sound Investment: Reducing Vehicle Noise

When? 
Tuesday, June 5, 2012 - 17:30 to 19:00
Where? 
European Parliament
Altiero Spinelli Building, 5th floor balcony
Brussels
Belgium

In early July, the European Parliament's ENVI Committee will vote on the first update to EU vehicle noise limits in 20 years.  Judith Merkies MEP invites you to a discussion on this important public health issue.  The event will also include the official launch of the Sound Investment Joint Declaration: a five point plan for cutting traffic noise in urban areas by half.  To register, please contact Cécile Toubeau with your full name, date of birth and place of residence.

MEPs urged to end EU’s ‘deafening silence’ on traffic noise

The fight against traffic noise is being directed at MEPs, as the European Parliament’s environment committee prepares for a vital vote in July. T&E and two other Brussels-based NGOs have published an internet video highlighting the problem, while a report for T&E published last month showed the benefits of ambitious vehicle noise legislation would outweigh the costs by 30 times.

European Parliament vote on fuel taxes: reaction from Transport & Environment

Brussels - Fuel tax havens such as Luxembourg and Spain may have to raise their low diesel taxes following a vote in the European Parliament in Strasbourg this afternoon on a proposal to revise the EU’s Energy Tax law.  Commenting on the outcome of the vote, Magnus Nilsson, senior campaigner at T&E said: “This vote is good news for countries like Portugal, Belgium, France and Germany who currently lose billions in tax revenue as a result of lorries filling up in fuel tax havens such as Luxembourg and Spain.  Lower diesel taxes are bad for the climate and force governments to find cash elsewhere, such as by raising job-killing labour taxes.  ”

EU-wide car labelling

Fuel efficiency chart (credit: LowCVP.org)

A new study has recommended Europe should have a single fuel economy and carbon dioxide labelling system for cars. The study by the British consultancy AEA looked at the labelling systems in operation in eight member states, and found some compare a car with the whole car market while others show only how it compares with others of the same type. It says comparisons against the whole of the available car fleet are likely to be more useful in the absence of further research. Another report in 2010 also recommended a harmonised approach to labelling.

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