The European Commission has published its vision for the future of transport policy in the European Union. But the paper completely underestimates the challenges and proposes no concrete solutions, according to Transport and Environment.
California has raised the bar on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transport by approving the world's first law that takes into account the indirect changes in land use caused by the production of biofuels. T&E has challenged the EU to follow California's example.
A new study drawing on the work of 75 scientists from across the world has called for a total rethink on using biofuels for transport. It says current mandates and targets for liquid biofuels 'should be reconsidered', points out that relying on biofuels has potential for increasing the gap between rich and poor, and says the first thing governments should do is to limit demand for traditional fuels.
California has moved a step closer to having lifecycle greenhouse gas standards for transport fuels. The final draft of the Low Carbon Fuel Standard was published last month, and could be approved later this month and therefore become law.
Belgium has reintroduced its 'cliquet tax' by which fuel tax goes up when the price of fuel goes down (but doesn’t go down when fuel prices go up). The tax was suspended last year when fuel prices rose dramatically, but was reintroduced last month when oil prices came down, and has since been raised again.