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If no IMO action, Europe must include ships’ emissions in its 2030 climate target, say EU lawmakers

The pressure on Europe to take action on shipping’s climate emissions is building after the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) decided last month to delay by at least a further seven years any decision on a global agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from ships. Leading members of the European Parliament called the delay an abject failure by national governments and the shipping industry.

Published on November 10, 2016 - 12:06

No cap on airlines' CO2 as draft climate deal proposes opt outs and offsets

National governments meeting in Montreal are nearing a deal to offset but not reduce carbon emissions from aircraft on a voluntary basis. Agreement at the UN’s aviation body ICAO is likely to be met with scepticism in Europe where in 2013 the EU agreed to roll back coverage of its emissions trading system from flights into and out of Europe. Ostensibly this was to give ICAO time to come up with something better.

Published on October 2, 2016 - 22:09

The true scandal of Dieselgate is regulatory capture, T&E says

National regulators turning a blind eye to vehicle test cheating is the main culprit for the 29 million ‘dirty’ diesel cars on European roads today. On the occasion of the Dieselgate anniversary T&E launched a damning report showing that those 29 million cars and vans exceed by at least three times Europe’s legal NOx limits, known as Euro 5 and Euro 6. The vehicles, which grossly pollute the environment and cause thousands of premature deaths every year, were approved for sale by national type approval authorities, mainly in Germany, France and the UK.

Published on September 30, 2016 - 11:14

Voluntary, phased-in climate deal on the horizon for aviation

A deal to curb aviation’s climate emissions is shaping up be voluntary for the first six years, will be based on offsets, and will lack essential environmental safeguards. The details of the proposal for a market-based measure to limit aviation’s climate impact are already raising the ire of European lawmakers ahead of crunch talks at the UN aviation body ICAO at the end of this month, which aim to finalise the deal.
Published on September 2, 2016 - 17:44

French government told to handover data after Renault ‘cover up’ claims

The French government is under pressure to handover data from its Dieselgate inquiry after criticism that its final report omitted details about a suspicious Renault model’s performance in emissions testing. The French state holds a stake of almost 20% in the carmaker, which is a historical champion of its economy.
Published on September 2, 2016 - 17:32

Dramatic deforestation highlights EU ‘folly’ on biofuels

Some of the world’s most valuable forests are still being destroyed in order to make palm oil, of which a considerable portion ends up as biodiesel for use on Europe’s roads. That is the striking message from an investigation by a global alliance of NGOs, including T&E, that has uncovered horrific deforestation in Indonesia’s pristine rainforest in the remote province of Papua. T&E says this highlights the urgent need for the EU to correct the anomalies in European legislation that allow climate-harming biofuels to count towards climate targets.

Published on September 2, 2016 - 17:23

New record low price set for solar

A new record has been set for the lowest solar energy price ever, with a Spanish company winning contracts to sell power from a 120-megawatt solar plant for $29.10 a megawatt-hour. That’s the lowest price on record for electricity from sunshine, surpassing a deal for $29.90 (€26.12) a megawatt-hour in Dubai in May. It’s also the cheapest to date for any kind of renewable energy, and almost half the price of coal power sold in the same energy auction.
Published on September 2, 2016 - 13:58

Sustainable’ biofuels certification challenged by EU auditors

The EU’s certification system for the sustainability of biofuels is ‘not fully reliable’, the European Court of Auditors (ECA), the independent EU body in charge of scrutinising Europe’s public spending, has said. In a report in July it found that the certification system ‘did not adequately cover some important aspects necessary to ensure the sustainability of biofuels’  The majority of ‘sustainable’ EU biofuels are certified through European Commission-recognised voluntary schemes.
Published on September 2, 2016 - 10:59

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