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Emails show Airbus writes aircraft CO2 rules; Commission, France, Germany and Spain complicit

Emails between Airbus and the European Commission show that, when drafting climate rules for new aircraft, Airbus was given special privileges in determining essential aspects of the EU’s position at the United Nations’ aviation body (ICAO). The result is a global aircraft standard which will do nothing to cut the sector’s soaring emissions and a regulatory process steeped in secrecy and corporate interests, entirely removed from the normal European democratic process. NGO Transport & Environment obtained the emails via an access to documents request, after Airbus and ICAO opposed the public disclosure of the emails. The correspondence was finally released after an 18-month appeal process.

Published on November 23, 2017 - 17:01

El futuro de los coches en España

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - 17:00 to 20:00

Against the background of the Bonn Climate Change Conference and the release of the second Clean mobility package by the European Commission, the Spanish Government is elaborating Spain's Industrial Strategy. It feels like high time to secure the currently leading position of the Spanish vehicle and components manufacturers’ industries. Does it make sense to keep manufacturing internal combustion engines when the rest of the world goes in the opposite direction?

Published on November 20, 2017 - 10:05

Reconfirmed: Transport is Europe’s biggest climate problem

As the Commission unveiled their 2nd Mobility Package and proposal to cut new car and van CO2 emissions, the latest data from the European Environment Agency (EEA) reconfirms that transport is Europe’s biggest climate problem. Worse, transport greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the EU have risen for the third year running.
Published on November 16, 2017 - 15:41

Advanced fuels target (without crops) vs renewable transport target (with crops) in the RED

One of the key areas of debate in the REDII proposal is whether to introduce a national transport target in addition to one for advanced fuels. This briefing shows that the effect of a national transport target is to continue the support for food-based biofuels through the backdoor, going against their phase-out. This will also water down the greenhouse gas savings provided by the advanced fuels. Depending on the target levels and electricity multipliers, the contribution of food-based biofuels could grow, leading to further agricultural land expansion and direct and indirect land use change (ILUC).

Published on November 14, 2017 - 14:40

Decarbonising international shipping: policy measure options, and how to pay for the transition

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 15:00 to 16:30

Transport & Environment (T&E), Danish Ecological council, NABU and the European Climate Foundation (ECF) invite you to discuss "Decarbonisation of International Shipping: policy measure options, and how to pay for the transition".

Published on November 13, 2017 - 10:53

Car CO2 regulation: The case and content of an effective proposal

Following the unhelpful intervention of the Juncker Cabinet it would be preferable to delay the proposal and negotiate on key points to produce a stronger outcome. The alternative is to issue a weak proposal that does not put the EU on a track to meet its climate goals and the EU industry on a path to becoming globally competitive and manufacturing new technology vehicles in the EU. 

Published on October 31, 2017 - 14:47

Record surge in renewable energy

The rapid growth of renewable energy has reached a new milestone, with renewable sources contributing more than two-thirds of new power added to the world’s electricity supply in 2016. The figures come from the International Energy Agency, whose director described them as ‘the birth of a new era in solar photovoltaics’.

Published on October 30, 2017 - 20:04

Public consultation on the European Environment Agency

The following document accompanies T&E’s response to the European Commission public consultation to support the evaluation of the European Environment Agency (EEA) and its European Environment Information and Observation Network (EIONET).

This short response is to be read alongside our response to the multiple choice consultation question.

Published on October 20, 2017 - 15:07

Reality check - 10 things you didn’t know about EU biofuels policy

The negotiations of the new Renewable Energy Directive for 2020-2030 have re-launched the debate on renewable energy in transport, notably on food-based biofuels. The impacts of the EU biofuels policy on climate and environment are poorly informed and understood. This briefing provides a reality check on 10 things that decision makers and citizens do not know about biofuels:1.    Four in every five litres of biofuel in the EU is biodiesel2.    Around half of EU production of crop biodiesel is based on imports of feedstock, not crops grown by EU farmers3.    A third of EU crop biodiesel is made from palm oil, making drivers the top consumers of palm oil in Europe4.    EU biodiesel production growth since 2009 has been based on imports and waste oils5.    Of all EU rapeseed oil, 60% is consumed in the biodiesel sector6.    Palm biodiesel is three times worse for the climate than fossil diesel7.    Phasing out palm oil alone is not going to fix the biofuels policy8.    The co-production of animal feed cannot justify the support for crop biofuels9.    There is an acute lack of transparency about the biofuels used in the EU with data either unavailable or very hard to access10.  Most drivers don’t know and are not told they are filling up their car tanks with vegetable oils and other food crops

Published on October 16, 2017 - 17:25

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