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Canada must crack down on airlines' secret lobbying

This blog was originally published as an opinion article by the National ObserverCanada hosted delegates from around the world to talk about transparency at the Open Government Partnership Global Summit in Ottawa May 29-31. Amid all the talk of data sharing and citizen empowerment, there was no mention that Canada is home to one of the most opaque, secretive rule-making bodies in the world.

Published on June 4, 2019 - 13:35

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

Le auto elettriche faranno risparmiare a quattro Paesi dell'UE oltre 4mld € all'anno con il passaggio alle rinnovabili

Secondo un recente studio, i veicoli elettrici possono far risparmiare a Francia, Italia, Spagna e Regno Unito fra i 500 milioni e 1,3 miliardi di euro all'anno ciascuno con il passaggio all'energia rinnovabile. [1] La ricarica intelligente - ricaricare le auto elettriche nel momento migliore della giornata per la rete elettrica - contribuirà a evitare picchi di domanda, con la possibilità di stoccare l'energia rinnovabile prodotta in eccesso. Per i ricercatori di Element Energy, ciò ridurrà la necessità di costruire altri impianti di accumulo e centrali elettriche.

Published on June 3, 2019 - 18:07

Electric cars will save four EU countries over €4bn a year in switch to renewables

Electric vehicles can save France, Italy, Spain, and the UK between €500 million and €1.3 billion each a year as they switch to renewable energy, a new study has found.[1] Smart charging – or charging electric cars at the best time of day for the grid – will help avoid demand peaks and provide extra storage when there is renewable electricity oversupply. This will reduce the need to build additional grid storage and power plants, according to researchers Element Energy, which analysed electric vehicle uptake up to 2040.

Published on June 3, 2019 - 16:46

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

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