The European Commission has launched an eight-week consultation on how to tackle the rising climate change impacts of aviation. The results will feed into a strategy paper due this summer, focusing on possible use of economic instruments.
An international conference on sustainable port planning and shipping in the Baltic Sea Area.
The European Federation for Transport and Environment (T&E) today released a report showing that the car industry’s voluntary agreement with the EU to cut average CO2 emissions from passenger cars is failing to deliver. The report says that the 140g/km target set for 2008 can only be reached if the industry now makes unprecedented emissions cuts. It concludes that EU legislation is now needed to create both legally-binding limits as well as incentives to encourage innovation in low-emissions technology and to boost the market for cars that pollute less.
[mailchimp_signup][/mailchimp_signup]A progress report on the car industry's voluntary agreement and an assessment of the need for policy instruments.
At a press conference held today, Günter Verheugen, Vice-President of the Commission, and Bernd Pischetsrieder, President of ACEA (European Automobile Manufacturers Association), launched a new initiative to boost the competitiveness of the European car industry. A high level group called “CARS 21” will be set up.
In today's Financial Times, T&E Director Jos Dings argues that airlines are wrong to say emissions trading is the only way to combat the impact of aviation on the environment. He also accuses the industry of underestimating the climate impact of global aviation.
In a one-day seminar held at the European Parliament, and hosted by Chris Davies MEP, T&E brought together experts, industry, policy makers and NGOs. Under discussion: future European action to combat the rapidly-growing contribution of the aviation sector to global warming. For more information, download the full announcement.
In today's Financial Times, T&E calls on the global aviation industry to stop its 'continued stream of apocalyptic warnings' about the impact of oil price rises on airlines and to rethink its attitude to environmental policies. Click 'read more' to read the letter.
The impact of cars on the environment and public health is a hot topic in Europe. In a one-day seminar held in Brussels, T&E brought together industry, policy makers and NGOs to debate three key issues: EURO 5 emissions standards, cars and climate change and noise pollution. For more information, download the full announcement, final programme and participants list.
During a discussion on Sustainable Road Transport at last week's Environment Council meeting in Luxembourg, Ministers appeared to offer broad support for cleaner vehicles. The Dutch Presidency was effectively 'testing the water' on the subject - the real debate will come when the Commission issues concrete proposals. T&E, along with the European Environment Bureau (EEB), issued a position paper before the meeting advocating stricter targets for the sector. The two organisations welcomed the broad support for such moves offered by several Ministers.