Last week was a big week in the history of T&E, in the history of policymaking in our area, and even, to a certain extent, in the history of the EU. That may sound a bit pompous so I will explain.
The European Parliament today caved in to pressure from car-producing countries and agreed to weaken the limits for nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions from new diesel cars. The effective new ‘Euro 6’ limit, 168mg of NOx per km, is more than double that agreed in 2007 (80mg/km). From 2020, all new cars will still be allowed to emit 120mg/km. Transport & Environment (T&E) is disappointed with the decision, which will undermine efforts to clean up Europe’s air and improve public health.
The almost daily revelations of the Volkswagen dieselgate soap opera continue to cast a shadow over the company and the car industry.
The company has acutely damaged the reputations of Germany’s behemoth automotive sector and Teutonic engineering – but they are not the only villains.
Europe’s largest association of car drivers, the German ADAC, has said a 75g per km CO2 emissions limit for new cars from 2025 would be consistent with current trends. The ADAC also said so-called ‘supercredits’ for makers of low-emission vehicles do nothing to reduce overall climate changing emissions.
The European Environment Agency (EEA) has attempted to explain why the EU’s current emissions testing system for new cars is giving readings that are very different from emissions in real-life driving.
Ahead of tomorrow’s vote on the Real-world Driving Emission (RDE) objection, Transport & Environment is calling on you to support the objection of the Environment Committee and veto the unlawful RDE agreement reached between Council and Commission in October 2015.
RESCHEDULED: This event was rescheduled following the Brussels terror attacks of 22 March. Transport & Environment (T&E) warmly invites you to an all-day conference in Brussels to discuss the decarbonisation of road transport.Bringing together key policy makers from member states, permanent representations, the Commission and the research community, the debate will focus on how European fuel economy standards can help EU countries meet their 2030 climate targets.
Renault is to recall more than 15,000 vehicles and modify up 700,000 more to make sure its engines are in line with emissions standards after raids by French investigators at its headquarters. Environment minister Ségolène Royal said the French firm and other carmakers had not been using defeat device software like Volkswagen but that some of its vehicles did have unacceptably high emissions on the road.