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MEPs express doubts over global aviation CO2 scheme while reforming ETS

The rising scepticism about a global measure to partially offset aviation emissions was underscored this month with MEPs demanding a review in 2019 of the UN’s voluntary scheme, known as CORSIA. The European Parliament environment committee’s call for the review highlights Europe’s need to maintain an environmentally meaningful and strengthened regional measure, T&E said. The committee also voted to strengthen the EU emissions trading system’s (ETS) provisions on aviation.

Published on July 26, 2017 - 17:50

UK and France to end diesel, petrol car sales by 2040

The UK will end sales of all new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2040, the government has said in response to the threat to public health from rising levels of NOx emissions. The pledge follows a similar move in France and is part of the UK government’s clean air plan, which it was required to bring forward after a legal challenge by NGO Client Earth.

Published on July 26, 2017 - 17:40

Zero-emission car quotas under consideration, Commission confirms

The European Commission has hinted that it might set quotas for carmakers to have a percentage of their fleet made up of zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs). Brussels is working on a revision of CO2 limits from cars and vans, and comments from an official confirm that a ZEV quota is under consideration. T&E has welcomed the development.

Published on July 26, 2017 - 14:31

EU commissioner tells Transport Ministers to clean up diesel cars to tackle the city air pollution crisis

A leaked letter shows the EU industry commissioner has issued a stark warning to transport ministers that the consequences of the Dieselgate scandal, and the failure to clean up dirty diesel cars still on our roads, are contributing to a city air pollution crisis. The leaked letter, seen by Transport & Environment (T&E), stresses the need for carmakers to “rapidly reduce” NOx emissions of the diesel fleet in Europe; and that in the absence of this cities are being increasingly forced to resort to “local diesel bans”.

Published on July 19, 2017 - 13:50

The empire strikes back: the return of dirty diesel as ‘clean’

Choked with toxic fumes, more and more cities across Europe are planning diesel bans. Even the iconic homes of Daimler and BMW, Stuttgart and Munich respectively, are considering the step in light of the high real-world emissions of nitrogen oxides. But German regional and national governments are striking back and partnering with the German car industry against the health of citizens to promote diesel as “clean”.

Published on July 18, 2017 - 13:28

35m dirty diesel cars to focus minds of MEPs in Dieselgate stand-off with governments

There are 35 million dirty diesel cars and vans driving on Europe’s roads today – six million more than when the Dieselgate scandal broke in 2015. The growth in the number of poisonous vehicles in the fleet – revealed by new T&E research – will be a stark reminder to MEPs as they enter negotiations with governments this September to reform the flawed system of testing and approving cars for sale in Europe.

Published on June 8, 2017 - 14:53

Europe and China stand by climate action on aviation and shipping

The EU and China have reacted to US president Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the US from the Paris climate accord by agreeing to cooperate to ensure aviation and shipping play their part in tackling climate change. T&E has welcomed the agreement, but fears the US withdrawal will slow down progress in shipping. Such a worrying sentiment was felt within the shipping industry, too.

Published on June 8, 2017 - 14:45

Electric cars could be as cheap as oil-powered by 2025

The falling cost of batteries used in electric vehicles (EVs) could mean the cost of buying an electric car will be the same as a petrol or diesel car within eight years, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. The finding comes as the price of oil has risen but long-term forecasts increasingly suggest the richer and developing countries will become less dependent on oil consumption.
Published on June 7, 2017 - 12:13

Shining a light on decision-making

In recent years, there have been numerous examples of member states hiding behind Brussels’ procedures such as the opaque comitology procedure. Member states managed to significantly weaken implementing legislation, such as air pollution limits, or refusing to take a decision at all. It was up to the Commission to take a final, often unpopular decision - for which the Commission was then blamed - which led to the infamous Brussels Blame Game. As a response, Commission president Juncker proposed a targeted reform of the Comitology Regulation 182/2011.

Published on June 1, 2017 - 09:40