On 17 October 2007 the Portuguese Presidency of the European Union, the German Federal Environment Agency (UBA), the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) and the European Federation for Transport and Environment (T&E) organised a seminar in Brussels to discuss air pollution and emissions of greenhouse gases from maritime transport.
T&E has called on the Commission to start EU action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollutants from ships following the latest failure of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) to take concrete action.
The Commission has proposed four possible scenarios for cutting air pollution from heavy vehicles as a first step towards a set of Euro-6 emissions limits.
Transport and Environment (T&E) is calling on the EU to introduce measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollutants from ships following the failure of the international organisation responsible to agree on any policy measures to tackle the problem.
Legislation confirming the EU’s Euro-5 and Euro-6 pollutant emissions standards from cars and vans was approved last month.
The Commission is reported to have confirmed that it will be taking unilateral EU action to regulate emissions from shipping.
T&E has accused MEPs of favouring the makers of sports utility vehicles at the cost of the rest of society.
The European Parliament has voted on new vehicle emissions standards (Euro 5 /6) in a compromise deal with ministers that allows makers of gas-guzzling sports utility vehicles (SUVs) an extra three years to comply.
MEPs look set to approve a delay in vehicle emissions legislation just as damning new evidence is emerging at how EU efforts to improve air quality and emissions are being ignored.
A coalition of environmental groups, including T&E, has called for a stricter set of emissions for shipping fuels, in an attempt to end the health and environmental damage caused by bunker fuels.