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EU deal will see roll-out of cleaner public buses, but faster uptake of zero-emission technology is needed

Europe is set to start cleaning up its public buses in the coming decade after EU lawmakers today agreed binding targets for the procurement of zero-emission vehicles by local authorities and public companies. More than 75% of buses are publicly procured, and negotiators agreed that at least a quarter of these will have to be clean buses in 2025, and at least a third in 2030, under the revised Clean Vehicles Directive.

Published on February 11, 2019 - 20:53

EU classifies palm oil diesel as unsustainable but fails to cut its subsidised use and associated deforestation

In a landmark decision, the European Commission last night acknowledged in a delegated act that oil palm cultivation causes significant deforestation, and thus biodiesel produced from palm oil cannot be counted towards meeting EU green fuel targets. However, under mounting pressure, including trade war threats, from the governments of Malaysia and Indonesia, the Commission has introduced several loopholes, including an exemption for additional palm oil produced in independent small plantations (less than five hectares) or produced on ‘unused’ land.

Published on February 9, 2019 - 14:32

EU defends publishing ship emissions data to drive CO2 emissions cuts

Publishing data about the emissions of all ships calling at EU ports, as proposed by the European Commission, will incentivise shipping companies to cut their CO2 while also better informing regulations to reduce emissions, green NGO Transport & Environment (T&E) has said. The EU, under pressure from industry and the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) to harmonise its monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) system with the IMO’s system, should still require ships registered outside the EU to report their data, the Commission said.

Published on February 7, 2019 - 11:48

Nestlé, Carrefour and Alstom among businesses calling for strong sales target for cleaner trucks

The EU should set an ambitious sales benchmark for zero-emission trucks that truckmakers must meet in 2025, six major global brands and transport companies have told lawmakers negotiating Europe's first truck CO2 law. In a letter seen by Transport & Environment, Nestlé, along with retailers Carrefour and Spar Austria, and transport companies Alstom, Geodis and DB Schenker, said a yearly sales benchmark is vital if the transport sector is to reduce its emissions and fuel costs.

Published on February 6, 2019 - 06:24

Emissions reduction strategies for the transport sector in Poland

Poland has to reduce its non-ETS greenhouse gas emissions by 7% in 2030, and transport is one of the highest emitters within these non-ETS sectors. As a result, and also to comply with the EU's long-term decarbonisation goals and the Paris agreement, Poland must take urgent and robust action to reduce the emissions in transport. In this report for the European Climate Initiative (EUKI), T&E analyses and proposes a series of key actions that Poland should undertake to significantly cut transport greenhouse gas emissions.

Published on January 24, 2019 - 17:15

Emissions reduction strategies for the transport sector in Italy

Italy has to reduce its non-ETS greenhouse gas emissions by 33% in 2030, and transport is one of the highest emitters within these non-ETS sectors. As a result, and also to comply with the EU's long-term decarbonisation goals and the Paris agreement, Italy must take urgent and robust action to reduce the emissions in transport. In this report for the European Climate Initiative (EUKI), T&E analyses and proposes a series of key actions that Italy should undertake to decarbonise transport.

Published on January 24, 2019 - 16:00

Nuovo studio conferma il legame tra biocombustibili da olio di palma e di soia e deforestazione

Una porzione significativa dell’espansione di olio di palma e di soia è avvenuta a scapito di foreste pluviali, foreste, torbiere e savane (terre ad elevato stock di carbonio), afferma un nuovo studio che ha analizzato le più recenti evidenze scientifiche sull’argomento.

Published on January 24, 2019 - 12:11

High and low ILUC risk biofuels

In June 2018 the EU decided that so-called ‘high ILUC risk’ biofuels should no longer be counted towards its 2030 renewable energy target. This decision must be implemented with a delegated act specifying which fuels would qualify as high ILUC risk. This paper outlines policy recommendations for the EU delegated act.

Published on January 24, 2019 - 07:00

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