The Dutch government has announced it wants to have a fully operational distance-charging scheme for lorries by 2011. Chris Nobel of T&E's Dutch member N&M looks at what the scheme involves and whether it is likely to happen.
The European Parliament has challenged the Commission not to weaken the terms on which aviation enters the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme in a vote that calls for the existing proposals to be made stricter.
The European Parliament’s environment committee has given its support to the idea that sustainability criteria should be included in any legislation on reducing lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions from fuels in transport.
The Commission has said which trans-European network transport projects will qualify for funding out of the TEN-T budget. It advertised the announcement as a boost for sustainable transport, but there are environmental questions hanging over many of the schemes.
The EU’s first-ever limits on fine particles moved a significant step closer earlier this month when ministers reached agreement with MEPs on maximum permissible concentrations of the soot particles known as PM2.5.