The EU’s ombudsman has found the Commission guilty of ‘maladministration’ over the failure to release correspondence between Brussels and European car makers.
A leading bank says it expects the market for electric vehicles to be bigger than the market for renewable energy over the next 10 years.
A court in Germany has fined the sports car maker Porsche €20 000 for giving false information about its cars’ fuel consumption and climate emissions in a magazine published by the company.
Company cars are generally undertaxed in the EU, distorting the economy, adding welfare costs to society including greater CO2 emissions, and generating artificial demand for larger cars.
Efforts to reduce climate emissions from road freight transport were given a boost last month when the Commission suggested the introduction of carbon dioxide emissions standards for the first time. The idea has been floated in a communication on clean and energy-efficient vehicles, which concentrates mainly on setting a framework for the development of electric cars.
The number of EU member countries that have a CO2-based form of car taxation has increased to 17, according to figures from the European car makers association Acea.
Brussels is not just the capital of the EU, but the EU’s most congested city.
Research by the respected Dutch consultancy CE Delft has shown that carbon dioxide emissions from road transport could be reduced by 30% if motorway speed limits in the Netherlands were set at 80 km/h.
Editorial by Chris Bowers, Editor, T&E Bulletin
The man who pioneered London’s congestion charge, Ken Livingstone, was the highest-profile speaker at last month’s T&E annual general meeting, which also celebrated T&E’s 20th birthday.
The Commission is in trouble over another case of not releasing information on a controversial subject. The European ombudsman has condemned officials for failing to comply with an order for it to publish correspondence with the German car maker Porsche over dealings Porsche had with Brussels over reducing carbon dioxide emissions.