Making manufacturers produce cleaner cars is the best way to bring down climate changing emissions from Europe's cars, and
urgent action on fuel efficiency should be taken by the European Union,
according a majority of people around Europe. 
BMW AG improved fuel efficiency last year at four times the average rate of major manufacturers, new figures show. But the overall performance of the industry was not enough to meet proposed climate targets for new cars.
The European Commission adopted today a package entitled "Towards Greener Transport" which included a long-awaited strategy to allow transport to pay for the costs that they cause to environment and society. The package includes a legislative Proposal to revise the Eurovignette Directive that aims to remove a legal obstacle which prohibits trucks being charged for the costs that they cause in terms of congestion and pollution.
The European Parliament and EU environment ministers have agreed on a deal to include aviation in the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS) in 2012. The deal still needs to be formally approved.
T&E has responded robustly to an attempt by Abengoa Bioenergy, a multinational producer of bioethanol, to misuse its name and research in a series of lobbying advertisements published last week in major global publications including the Financial Times and The Economist.
The European Commission is set to propose new noise and energy efficiency standards for tyres with a blanket exemption for Europe's noisiest and most gas gazzling sports-utility vehicles (SUVs), according to draft rules seen by T&E.
Over a thousand protected nature areas in Europe are under serious threat from high-profile EU-funded transport infrastructure projects according to a new report by BirdLife International, RSPB and other environmental groups , which was presented in the European Parliament today.
T&E welcomes the broadly positive response of Environment Ministers to legally binding new car CO2 targets proposed by the European Commission in December, but urges all member states to back longer term targets, robust penalties and footprint not weight-based standards.
Environmental groups BirdLife International, EEB, Friends of the Earth and Transport and Environment, welcome UK transport secretary Ruth Kelly's announcement that the UK will initiate a wide ranging review of biofuel production.