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.
As the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the London-based United Nations body that regulates shipping across the world, began meetings this week to review and potentially tighten air pollution standards for the world’s shipping fleet, continuing scientific research has found that the use of cleaner marine fuel could prevent tens of thousands of premature deaths from shipping air pollution each year.
The EU strategy for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from transport fuels is in disarray today following the European Commission's proposal to massively increase biofuel use, according to environmental groups BirdLife International and Transport and Environment (T&E). Whereas both organisations strongly support the Commission’s proposal of a 20% target for renewable energy by 2020, they argue that the 10% biofuels target is a dangerous dead end.
Just days after the UN climate conference in Bali agreed the need for deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, environment ministers have said the aviation industry can pollute around 90% more than in 1990 when it joins the EU emissions trading scheme. Other sectors on average are already reducing emissions in line with the Kyoto target of -8% based on 1990 levels, with further cuts to be agreed.
French, Italian and Japanese carmakers extended their lead over German rivals last year in the race to deliver fuel efficient and low emission vehicles according to new figures published today by Transport and Environment (T&E), the sustainable transport campaign group.
Hopes of curtailing the rapid growth of greenhouse gas emissions from the aviation sector have been hampered by the European Parliament's environment committee, say environmental groups Transport & Environment, WWF, Friends of the Earth and Climate Action Network.