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Transport decarbonisation in the EU and Member States: best practices and the future of zero-emissions transport

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 09:00 to 17:00

This conference will discuss transport decarbonisation in the context of 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.

Published on May 27, 2019 - 16:34

CO2 regulation is ‘pivotal moment’ for road haulage in Europe

Europe’s first greenhouse gas emissions limits for heavy vehicles are set to come into force after MEPs and EU governments completed the legislative process for a new regulation. The regulation will cut CO2 emissions from trucks by 30% by 2030, saving hauliers an estimated €60,000 per truck in the first five years through lower fuel consumption. T&E said the legislation ‘kick-starts road haulage’s shift away from fossil-fuel technology’.

Published on May 8, 2019 - 21:00

Is renewable gas another biofuels disaster waiting to happen?

Recently the gas sector has been playing up the role of or renewable gas in decarbonising the European Economy. The industry says biogas, biomethane, renewable hydrogen and renewable methane – supported through policy – can help bring about a decarbonised economy. This lobby offensive is gaining some traction, with the Romanian presidency and 17 other EU countries launching a declaration claiming gas networks are needed “to accommodate increasing shares of near-zero carbon hydrogen and renewable gases”. Amongst all that talk of “green gas”, one question beckons: have people been paying attention to the biofuels debacle at all?

Published on May 8, 2019 - 20:58

First gas-powered cruise ship is not sustainable tourism

T&E has joined forces with environmental NGOs in Spain to warn that a high-profile exercise in cleaning up shipping risks locking in fossil fuels for decades to come. The port of Barcelona has committed to investing in infrastructure to supply liquefied natural gas (LNG) to ships, and last month it celebrated the arrival of its first gas-powered cruise ship as a breakthrough for sustainable tourism. However, a T&E member described it as ‘greenwashing’.

Published on May 8, 2019 - 18:47

UK government advisors call for net zero carbon by 2050 and ending fossil car and truck sales earlier

The UK Climate Change Committee, official advisers to the UK government, have recommended that Britain reaches net zero carbon emissions by 2050. In a comprehensive report it acknowledged emissions reduction policies would need to be significantly strengthened. These include considering moving forward the current target of 100% new electric vehicle sales by 2040 forward by up to a decade.

Published on May 8, 2019 - 18:04

MEPs close to outlawing deadly blind-spots in trucks

The proposed EU law to reduce deadly blind spots for truck and bus drivers is almost approved, but it must wait for the new European Parliament before completing its legislative passage. Once approved by the 2019-24 Parliament, the law will modernise truck design to allow drivers to see more of the road, including pedestrians and cyclists, and thereby reduce road deaths and injuries.

Published on May 8, 2019 - 17:59

EU must withdraw carmakers’ ‘license to pollute’ as data shows new cars meet limits

The EU is proceeding with cartel investigations of whether German carmakers delayed the introduction of new emissions technology. Yet the European Commission looks set to propose keeping relaxed NOx limits for on-road tests of Euro 6-standard cars in response to a recent EU Court ruling. EU legislators should not accept that limits will continue to be exceeded in real-world use, as T&E’s analysis of industry data shows the technology for less polluting diesels is available. The upcoming review is a golden opportunity to improve air quality and align tests with the newest evidence.

Published on May 8, 2019 - 13:44