Current proposals to include aviation in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme will have very little impact on aviation's contribution to climate change, a new report by leading climate scientists warns today.
Transport and Environment (T&E) is calling on the EU to introduce measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollutants from ships following the failure of the international organisation responsible to agree on any policy measures to tackle the problem.
Transport and Environment (T&E) welcomes a commitment by EU transport ministers to defend Europe's right to include foreign air carriers in a proposed emissions trading scheme in the face of American-led international opposition.
Ahead of the European Commission’s own performance assessment, environmental groups today issued a critical verdict on the Commission’s record in protecting and improving Europe’s environment during the first half of its term in office, and laid out a series of recommendations for its remaining 2½ years.
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The EU appears to have delivered an ultimatum to the international shipping community that Europe will take unilateral action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from ships if there is no global action by the end of the year.
T&E welcomed five new member organisations at its AGM on Saturday 26 March. The Czech Transport Federation, Danish
Society for Nature Conservation, Focus Association for Sustainable Development, Slovenia and Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland joined as full members and Movimento Consumatori, Italy as associate member. T&E now has 49 members in 21 countries.
Increased aviation growth as a result of the 'Open Skies' agreement between the EU and America could completely offset emissions reductions from integrating the sector into the EU emissions trading system (EU-ETS) according to T&E.