Browse by topic: Briefing, Climate Change and Energy

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    Including transport in the ETS: Counterproductive and legally questionable

    The EU will conclude discussions on its climate and energy policy for 2030 at a European Council meeting on 23-24 October, 2014. The EU is committed to reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by...

     Monday, October 20, 2014 - 16:31
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    The Little Book of Biofuels

    Did you know that every car in Europe uses a blend of biofuels? This is because of EU law. And to meet this demand, global production of biofuels has skyrocketed. You may think ‘bio’ means...

     Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 10:19
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    Realistic real-world driving emissions tests: a last chance for diesel cars?

    Air pollution emissions limits for cars, vans and trucks (Euro Standards) have been progressively tightened, on paper, over 25 years but have failed to deliver real-world improvements for several...

     Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 11:01
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    Ending lorries' deadly track record: a matter of (direct) vision

    Lorries are involved in 4,200 fatal accidents in Europe every year. Many of the fatalities are vulnerable road users such as cyclists or pedestrians. Poor driver vision and lorry blind spots are a...

     Monday, September 22, 2014 - 15:44
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    Three reasons why road transport in the ETS is a bad idea

    The EU is currently discussing its climate and energy policy for 2030. As part of these discussions German carmakers have been advocating the inclusion of road transport emissions in the EU...

     Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 12:59
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    Dirty Deals: how trade talks threaten to bring tar sands to Europe

    The Fuel Quality Directive aims to reduce the climate impact of fuels used in Europe's road transport by lowering their GHG emissions by 6% by 2020. To achieve this goal, the European Commission...

     Monday, July 28, 2014 - 11:15
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    Tackling real world emissions from cars

    Light duty vehicles (LDVs) emit more pollutants on the road than in laboratory conditions. In order to solve this problem the Commission decided to introduce complementary type-approval...

     Monday, April 14, 2014 - 15:43
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    FQD - Fuel Quality Directive or Frequently and Quietly Delayed?

    The Fuel Quality Directive (known in the Brussels bubble by the acronym FQD) is the missing link in the Barroso Commission's 2020 climate and energy package. This law aims to reduce the carbon...

     Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 09:57
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    Vote NO to the dismantling of the Aviation ETS

    The European Parliament's Environment Committee votes on 19 March 2014 on the...

     Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 16:01
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    Implementation of the Fuel Quality Directive

    In 2009, the EU revised the Fuel Quality Directive (FQD) and set out a new target in its Article 7a to reduce the carbon intensity (CO2 emissions) of road transport fuels by 6% between 2010 and...

     Friday, January 10, 2014 - 10:49