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Commission misses opportunity to get biofuel policy right

With today’s biofuel proposal [1], the European Commission has acknowledged the climate impact of biofuel emissions from indirect land-use change (ILUC) [2] but does not tackle it. The proposed obligation to monitor ILUC emissions from biofuels will not solve the key environmental issue of halting production of unsustainable biofuels that are, in some cases, more harmful to the climate than fossil fuels, Transport & Environment says.

Commission efforts towards more sustainable biofuels, a step in the right direction

T&E welcomes the news that the European Commission is taking a firststep towards resolving the negative impacts of biofuels from foodcrops, but urges commissioners to go further by addressing theseimpacts via all relevant legislation.

Breakthrough on efforts to reduce emissions from aircraft

Icao proposes ‘metric’ but NGOs still worried whether work will have a real impactEfforts to tackle emissions from aviation have taken a hesitant step forward, with the news that the International Civil Aviation Organisation (Icao) has endorsed an expert group’s recommendation on the way to measure fuel burn in flight. The recommendation is for a ‘metric’ system and test cycle to be the basis for setting fuel efficiency standards for new aircraft, but many concerns remain.

Diesel emissions cause cancer

The World Health Organisation says exposure to exhaust emissions from diesel engines definitely increases the possibility of tumours. The WHO has previously said diesel exhausts were ‘probably’ carcinogenic, but now a WHO body, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, says it is definitely a cause of lung and possibly of bladder tumours.

Getting the facts straight on tar sands

Do the oil industry and Canada's tar sands numbers add up?  T&E's programme manager for clean fuels Nusa Urbancic takes a closer look at a new Canadian-sponsored study, and describes how a T&E report on administrative costs appears to have forced the oil lobby to change its tune.   

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