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MEPs' call for 'phased' CO2 limits amounts to a postponement, IEEP study shows

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The European Parliament’s industry committee has proposed a weakening of the EU draft legislation on cutting carbon dioxide emissions from cars, calling for a ‘phased’ approach. T&E says the proposal, if adopted, will make the new rules ‘almost completely meaningless’ and is calling on the EP’s environment committee to reject the idea.

Now is not the time to slow the momentum on better cars

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Editorial by Aat Peterse, T&E Policy Officer

So it can be done! The news from our third progress report on car makers’ efforts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions shows BMW as the star reducer at 7.3%. What is perhaps even more telling is that this progress was made across the entire fleet of cars that BMW brings to market.

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The newly elected mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has abandoned plans for basing the London congestion charge on CO2 emissions. The plans, which included charging the worst cars over €30 and led to a legal challenge from Porsche, were launched earlier this year by Johnson’s predecessor Ken Livingstone. The London congestion charge remains unaltered.

The Impact of Phasing in Passenger Car CO2 Targets on Levels of Compliance

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The purpose of this analysis is to ascertain what would be the effect of phasing in the proposed targets for Passenger Car CO2 as has been proposed in amendments tabled in the European Parliament – ie what would happen if only a specified percentage of all sales for each manufacturer were required to comply with each manufacturer group’s target

Two Beetles; sixty years apart; same fuel efficiency

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The 1948 and 2008 Volkswagen Beetles, separated by sixty years of advances in automobile design, but sharing the same level of fuel efficiency. This startling fact is highlighted in a new advertising campaign launched today by Friends of the Earth Europe (FoEE) and Transport and Environment (T&E).