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Frequently asked questions on the ESR Safety/Early Action Reserve

The Effort Sharing Regulation (ESR) defines the carbon budget for EU member states for the non-traded sectors (surface transport, buildings, agriculture, small industry and waste) until 2030. If the ESR’s headline goal of -30% compared to 2005 is undermined through loopholes, the ESR will not lead to real-world emission reductions in those sectors. This FAQ is aimed at bringing clarity to one element being discussed during the negotiations: the ESR Safety/Early Action Reserve.

Published on May 29, 2017 - 17:56

VdL says climate is her top priority, but is it?

About a week ago Ursula von der Leyen, Germany’s defence minister, was nominated to lead the next European Commission having emerged as the compromise candidate after a lengthy European Council meeting. As this op-ed goes to press Von der Leyen, or VdL as she is now known, is busy drumming up support for her candidacy in the European Parliament. She can count on the EPP (her group - she is a member of Germany’s CDU) but will need to convince MEPs of the social democrat (S&D) and liberal (Renew) groups.

Published on July 11, 2019 - 19:55

Le principali associazioni ambientaliste chiedono al governo 10 azioni urgenti per i trasporti per migliorare il PNIEC 2030

10 raccomandazioni minime prioritarie (e non esaustive) per il ettore trasporti nel Piano Nazionale Energia e Clima 2030 (PNIEC2030)Gli obiettivi del Piano Energia e Clima 2030 sono insufficienti per la decarbonizzazione del settore trasporti: Legambiente, WWF Italia, Greenpeace Italia, Kyoto Club, Cittadini per l’Aria e Transport & Environment hanno inviato al Governo un documento dove chiedono target più ambiziosi.

Published on July 1, 2019 - 10:31

Batteries on wheels: the role of battery electric cars in the EU power system and beyond

Are batteries the new gold? They might well be considering how key they are to the decarbonisation of large parts of the European economy, in particular the transport and energy sectors. Electrifying cars, vans, buses and trucks using rechargeable lithium-ion batteries offers an effective, scalable and, if combined with renewable power, zero emission solution for transport; Europe’s biggest climate problem. T&E has partnered with Enel, Iberdrola and Renault-Nissan to commission a report from Element Energy to understand the opportunities offered by electric vehicle integration, and how to turn these “batteries on wheels” into an asset, rather than a problem. 

Published on June 4, 2019 - 05:00

Transport decarbonisation in the EU and Member States: best practices and the future of zero-emissions transport

When? 
Friday, June 14, 2019 - 09:30 to 16:30

This conference will discuss transport decarbonisation in the context of Spain, Italy, Portugal and France the Eastern and Central European EU Member States, with a focus on the 2030 and long-term decarbonisation targets. We aim at discussing challenges, exchanging good practices, having an outlook to the future of transport decarbonisation and enhancing collaboration among stakeholders from like-minded countries.

Published on May 27, 2019 - 16:54

Transport decarbonisation in the EU and Member States: best practices and the future of zero-emissions transport

When? 
Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 09:00 to 17:00

This conference will discuss transport decarbonisation in the context of the Eastern and Central European EU Member States, with a focus on the 2030 and long-term decarbonisation targets. We aim at discussing challenges, exchanging good practices, having an outlook to the future of transport decarbonisation and enhancing collaboration among stakeholders from like-minded countries.

Published on May 27, 2019 - 16:34

CO2 regulation is ‘pivotal moment’ for road haulage in Europe

Europe’s first greenhouse gas emissions limits for heavy vehicles are set to come into force after MEPs and EU governments completed the legislative process for a new regulation. The regulation will cut CO2 emissions from trucks by 30% by 2030, saving hauliers an estimated €60,000 per truck in the first five years through lower fuel consumption. T&E said the legislation ‘kick-starts road haulage’s shift away from fossil-fuel technology’.

Published on May 8, 2019 - 21:00

Is renewable gas another biofuels disaster waiting to happen?

Recently the gas sector has been playing up the role of or renewable gas in decarbonising the European Economy. The industry says biogas, biomethane, renewable hydrogen and renewable methane – supported through policy – can help bring about a decarbonised economy. This lobby offensive is gaining some traction, with the Romanian presidency and 17 other EU countries launching a declaration claiming gas networks are needed “to accommodate increasing shares of near-zero carbon hydrogen and renewable gases”. Amongst all that talk of “green gas”, one question beckons: have people been paying attention to the biofuels debacle at all?

Published on May 8, 2019 - 20:58

UK government advisors call for net zero carbon by 2050 and ending fossil car and truck sales earlier

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.

Published on May 8, 2019 - 18:04

Transport should lead, not lag, in the shift to a net zero carbon UK economy

Transport & Environment UK (T&E UK) warmly welcomes the recommendation of the Climate Change Committee to increase the UK’s ambition to cut greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. This is essential for the UK to show international leadership in the battle to prevent dangerous climate change and it can help secure enormous economic opportunities.

Published on May 2, 2019 - 10:41

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