The EU should impose a 20% reduction target for carbon dioxide emissions from the entire European transport sector by 2020, according to the European Parliament’s transport committee.
Extreme warnings about the consequences of delaying action to tackle climate change have come from two sources in the last month. The International Energy Agency (IEA) says a global climate deal must be agreed by 2017 if global temperatures are to be kept under control, and an American institute says global warming is happening faster than the most pessimistic scenarios have predicted.
The latest report on trends in European transport trends show the EU is highly unlikely to achieve its target of reducing transport emissions by 60% between 1990 and 2050 through technology alone.
Australia has voted to set a price on carbon emissions in an effort to make the country’s industry more energy-efficient.
The Commission has published a package of proposals for spending the EU’s structural and infrastructure funds. It has also created a new vehicle for funding trans-European transport and energy networks, to be known as the ‘Connecting Europe Facility’ (CEF). T&E says they make too little progress on achieving the EU’s environmental goals.
Briefing on how Europe should provide incentives for greener transport projects in its transport spending plans.
The Commission is consulting on its plans for an alternative fuels strategy, which will form part of the EU’s transport policy for the next 10 years.
Transport use in non-OECD countries is expected to grow by about five times between 2000 and 2050, according to ‘Transport Outlook 2011’, a report by the International Transport Forum.
Letters published by the Commission show that the former EU enterprise commissioner Günter Verheugen intervened to help the German sports car maker Porsche during discussions on an EU carbon dioxide limit for new cars.
Transport & Environment responds to the public consultation on the Project Bonds initiative.