Environmental groups in Spain fear climate and environmental protection could be downgraded following last month’s change of Spanish government.
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.
A survey of 21 000 commuters in Sweden has shown car and public transport users suffer more everyday stress, poorer sleep, exhaustion and struggle with their health compared with those who walk or cycle.
An institute in America has tried to calculate the monetary and time value of traffic congestion – and says it costs the USA $101 billion a year.
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.
MEPs have supported a resolution that ‘strongly recommends’ 30 km/h speed limits in all residential areas.
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.