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.
Carnival Corporation, the world’s largest luxury cruise operator, emitted nearly 10 times more sulphur oxide (SOX) around European coasts than did all 260 million European cars in 2017, a new analysis by sustainable transport group Transport & Environment reveals. Royal Caribbean Cruises, the world’s second largest, is second, yet four times worse than the European car fleet. SOX emissions form sulphate (SO4) aerosols that increase human health risks and contribute to acidification in terrestrial and aquatic environments.
The main purpose of this study is to analyse air pollution caused by luxury passenger cruise ships in European waters. The results show that the luxury cruise brands owned by Carnival Corporation & PLC emitted in 2017 in European seas alone 10 times more cancer-causing sulphur dioxide than all of Europe’s 260+ million passenger vehicles. Spain, Italy, Greece, France and Norway are the most exposed countries to cruise ship air pollution in Europe. Among the major cruise ports, Barcelona, Palma Mallorca and Venice are the most polluted.
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.
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.  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.
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. 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.
A 4 anni dallo scandalo che ha coinvolto Volkswagen e altri marchi, la situazione è ben lontana dall’essere risolta. Sebbene la gravità delle emissioni fuori legge sia nota, gli stati europei procedono in ordine sparso. Le misure adottate restano inefficaci senza un sistema europeo per garantire i richiami.
An analysis of new official EU data shows that progress on recalls of manipulated diesel cars is stalling in the European Union while the continent still faces an air quality crisis which has landed 14 EU Member States in court. Even the cheapest and least effective form of diesel fixes – software updates – are making very slow progress in the EU and would take another two years to be completed at the current pace. They also cover only 10 out of 43 million grossly polluting diesels cars and vans on Europe’s roads, leaving the vast majority of dirty diesels unaddressed.
Only 10 million of the 43 million highly-polluting diesel cars and vans that were caught  in the Dieselgate emissions scandal have been recalled since 2015. And although these measures only require the cheapest, least effective form of fixes – software recalls – they will not be completed for another two years, analysis of new EU data indicates. Transport & Environment (T&E), which analysed the data, said the European Commission and EU governments need to accelerate software updates across the whole Single Market but also combine these with more effective hardware retrofits where technically feasible.
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.