Under pressure from the tyre industry and the Italian government, the European Parliament's industry committee has voted to water-down proposed legislation to make car tyres quieter and more energy efficient.
Environmental NGOs have welcomed last Thursday's decision by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) to require substantial reductions in the sulphur content of marine fuel from 2020. But the groups condemned the continued failure of the organisation to agree on measures to combat greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping.
The Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) of the European Parliament has fallen into line with virtually every demand of the car industry lobby in a vote on proposed fuel efficiency standards for new cars.
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.