The European Environmental Bureau (EEB) and Transport and Environment (T&E) have welcomed today's vote in the European Parliament on 'EURO VI' air pollution limits for new lorries and buses sold in Europe from 2012-13.
The EU has concluded its long-running negotiations on the directive on carbon dioxide emissions from cars, but the final compromise was only reached after concessions on several fronts, prompting T&E to say 'precious little will change in the short term.'
A sharp-eyed reporter for the US TV network ABC spotted that the chief executives of Ford, General Motors and Chrysler all flew by individual private jet to last month’s Congressional hearing at which they ‘pleaded poverty’ and asked for $25 billion of cheap loans.
The European Parliament's internal market committee has voted to support proposed legislation that would make tyres quieter and more energy efficient. The decision effectively overturns a vote last month by the parliament's industry committee that could have severely weakened the proposed standards.