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European Parliament wants to keep tar sands emission value in the FQD

The European Parliament has overwhelmingly backed today the Resource Efficiency Roadmap, where - among other provisions - MEPs have reiterated the need for legislation which gives tar sands a higher GHG emission value compared with fuels from conventional oil and for correct carbon accounting under the Fuel Quality Directive.
Published on May 24, 2012 - 18:00

EU backs clean-up of shipping air pollution

The EU has boosted efforts to remove one of the main sources of air pollution and acid rain from shipping. Environmental groups have welcomed the deal announced today by representatives of the European Parliament, Commission and member states to reduce the sulphur content of marine fuels. The deal now needs to be approved formally by environment ministers and by the full Parliament.
Published on May 22, 2012 - 14:27

A Sound Investment: Reducing Vehicle Noise

When? 
Tuesday, June 5, 2012 - 17:30 to 19:00
Where? 
European Parliament
Altiero Spinelli Building, 5th floor balcony
Brussels
Belgium

In early July, the European Parliament's ENVI Committee will vote on the first update to EU vehicle noise limits in 20 years.  Judith Merkies MEP invites you to a discussion on this important public health issue.  The event will also include the official launch of the Sound Investment Joint Declaration: a five point plan for cutting traffic noise in urban areas by half.  To register, please contact Cécile Toubeau with your full name, date of birth and place of residence.

Published on May 9, 2012 - 15:21

Commission deals with tar sands problem by ordering impact study

The Commission is postponing a decision on how to assess the climatic impact of non-conventional sources of transport fuel such as tar sands and oil shale. A decision was expected in June, but Brussels has ordered an assessment of the impact of giving high-carbon sources a higher climate rating, which means no final judgement will be made until next year. The postponement came just days after T&E published a study saying reducing greenhouse gas emissions from petrol and diesel production will cost less to administer than the oil industry says.

Published on April 30, 2012 - 15:14

Commissioners recognise Iluc must be dealt with, but fail to decide how

The EU’s 27 commissioners have recognised that indirect land-use change (Iluc) caused by the EU’s biofuels policy has to be addressed seriously, but at a meeting earlier this month they failed to reach a decision on how to deal with it. The 27 rejected a compromise put forward by the EU's energy and climate directorates, and asked the two departments to work out a more ambitious proposal. T&E has welcomed the call for more ambition, but has criticised this latest delay in finding a solution.
Published on April 29, 2012 - 10:27

MEPs urged to end EU’s ‘deafening silence’ on traffic noise

The fight against traffic noise is being directed at MEPs, as the European Parliament’s environment committee prepares for a vital vote in July. T&E and two other Brussels-based NGOs have published an internet video highlighting the problem, while a report for T&E published last month showed the benefits of ambitious vehicle noise legislation would outweigh the costs by 30 times.
Published on April 29, 2012 - 09:26

WTO implications of reporting measures for tar sands under the Fuel Quality Directive

To measure progress toward the FQD GHG emissions reduction target, the European Commission is designing reporting measures which will outline default values for the lifecycle GHG emissions of transport fuels derived from different sources, including fuels produced from unconventional feedstocks such as tar sands. Several questions have arisen whether the reporting measures and the inclusion of a default value for tar sands comply with World Trade Organization (WTO) rules and jurisprudence, namely the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and case law.

Published on April 23, 2012 - 17:46

Carburants à faible intensité carbone: coûts administratifs modestes, bénéfices significatifs

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Ce document présente un résumé du rapport réalisé par CE Delft en mars 2012, analysant les coûts supplémentaires que les mesures de mise en oeuvre de la Directive FQD généreraient pour l'industrie pétrolière et pour toute la chaîne d'approvisionnement.

Published on April 19, 2012 - 12:21

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