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MEPs ramp up ambition of EU’s first ever truck CO2 standards

MEPs have sent a signal to EU governments that the bloc’s first ever truck CO2 standards need to be more ambitious than those proposed by the European Commission. The European Parliament’s environment committee today voted for a 20% reduction in truck CO2 emissions in 2025, and 35% in 2030. Transport & Environment (T&E) said the increased ambition in emissions reduction targets and a zero-emission truck sales target with teeth are a very positive decision that will cut climate emissions, make air in cities cleaner and slash fuel bills for businesses.

Published on October 18, 2018 - 10:33

Would you forgo a glass of wine to protect the Arctic and our climate?

It would cost passengers just the price of a glass of wine a day if cruise ships would stop burning highly polluting heavy fuel oil (HFO) in the fragile Arctic environment. That’s according to a new report from green transport group Transport & Environment which analysed the impact on the cruise ship MS Rotterdam had it switched to marine gas oil (MGO) [1] during three summer trips to the Arctic in 2018.

Published on October 10, 2018 - 06:00

Cost analysis of Arctic HFO ban for cruise shipping

The main purpose of the analysis is to better understand the nature of the likely cost impact of Arctic HFO ban on Cruise industry and passenger ticket prices and in doing so, contribute to informed decision-making at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). This study has analysed these costs for cruise industry using three summer 2018 trips of MS Rotterdam to the Arctic as case studies.

Published on October 10, 2018 - 05:00

Germany and Visegrad, aided by EU Commission, block ambitious car emission cuts

One day after the world’s leading climate scientists urged global leaders to drastically cut emissions to avoid catastrophic climate change, EU governments agreed to reduce carbon emissions from new cars by just 35% in 2030, compared to 2021 levels. Although slightly better than the Commission’s proposal, European NGO federation Transport & Environment (T&E) says this position falls well short of what is needed to meet the EU’s 2030 climate law and avoid dangerous climate change as highlighted in yesterday’s IPCC’s report.

Published on October 9, 2018 - 23:59

IPCC report puts extra pressure on EU ministers to cut car and aviation emissions

Today the world’s leading climate change scientists were crystal clear: transport needs to drastically reduce and eventually eliminate its emissions as soon as possible for the world to stand a chance to limit global warming to 1.5°C and avoid catastrophic climate change. The special report by the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) stresses the urgency of strong action across all transport modes. European NGO federation Transport & Environment (T&E) warns that transport is Europe’s biggest climate problem where carbon emissions are growing faster than in any other sector.

Published on October 8, 2018 - 09:57

London mayor says Commission acting too slow on truck fatalities

Pressure on the European Commission to speed up the introduction of safer trucks has come from the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. In a letter to the industry commissioner Elzbieta Bieńkowska, Khan says the Commission’s deadline of 2026 for all new models to meet ‘direct vision’ requirements to allow truck drivers to see pedestrians and cyclists better is too late, adding: ‘We need to move quicker.’

Published on October 8, 2018 - 00:35

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