European Commissioners are coming under unprecedented pressure to set ambitious truck CO2 emissions standards after a rare alliance of global brands, transport companies and hauliers associations last month demanded that CO2 cuts of 24% by 2025 be targeted. In a letter to Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, Carrefour, IKEA, Unilever, Heineken, Nestlé, logistics giant Geodis, national transport associations and other big players said the target was necessary if the EU was to remain the leader in the fight against climate change.
The European Union relies on foreign companies to supply 80% of its oil imports, according to a new study on the continent’s oil dependency. Russian firms supply more than one-third (36%) of imported crude, and just two of the top 10 oil suppliers to the EU are European – Shell and Norway’s Statoil.
The UK Climate Change Committee, official advisers to the UK government, have recommended that Britain reaches net zero carbon emissions by 2050. In a comprehensive report it acknowledged emissions reduction policies would need to be significantly strengthened. These include considering moving forward the current target of 100% new electric vehicle sales by 2040 forward by up to a decade.
Airlines were the biggest carbon emitters in four European countries last year and were among the top 10 emitters in another 12, the latest analysis of EU emissions data shows. The data shows that airlines are increasingly occupying the top positions previously dominated by coal and heavy industry.
The Belgian city of Ghent has reported a 12% reduction in rush-hour traffic, and a 25% increase in cyclists in the first year of its new traffic plan. The findings were reported on the second anniversary of the Ghent Circulation Plan coming into force, and coincided with T&E’s member organisations spending a day in the city before their annual general meeting in Brussels.
The urban areas with the highest number of deaths related to transport air pollution per 100,000 residents are European. The top 10 in 2015 were Milan, Turin, Stuttgart, Kiev, Cologne, Haarlem, Berlin, Rotterdam, London, and Leeds. That’s one of the striking facts of a report by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) that looked into how transport causes air pollution which then contributes to ill health.
Efforts to clean up Europe’s transport sector have been boosted by an agreement to spend €7 billion on sustainable infrastructure. T&E says the deal is good news, but says that decision makers have still not grasped the fact that funding fossil gas infrastructure locks us into using a fossil fuel for decades to come.