The European Court of Justice (CJEU) today ruled that citizens have the right to challenge the air pollution monitoring systems in their cities and that the competent courts (in this case the Brussels court) must enforce EU rules to make sure monitoring stations are located where the highest concentrations of air pollution occur. Average values across a whole zone or city are insufficient as they may underestimate the actual exposure to polluted air.
Official new data from the EU’s environmental watchdog (EEA) shows that the CO2 emissions of new cars increased by 1.6% in 2018 to 120.4 grams of CO2 per km. While the lack of progress in real-world emissions and fuel efficiency was known for years,  now even the optimised and unrealistic lab test tests can no longer hide the problem. For the first time, CO2 emissions from vans also rose, by 1.2%.
The European Commission today let EU governments off the hook over their failure to address emissions from Europe’s biggest climate problem, transport. The Commission’s assessment of countries’ draft national energy and climate plans gave no recommendations for each country’s transport sector. A climate ranking published last week shows that governments’ plans to cut pollution from transport will fail to meet their own 2030 emissions targets and, more importantly, the goal of decarbonising by 2050 at the latest.
In a much needed attempt to stop greenwashing, genuine mistakes and inconsistencies in the financial sector’s investment criteria, the European Commission’s expert group on sustainable finance today published a draft list of projects that can be deemed ‘green and climate proof’. The list could become the gold standard for sustainable finance, mobilising billions for the clean transport transition. The European federation of green NGOs, Transport & Environment (T&E), welcomes this attempt to guide investors willing to invest in projects in line with net zero emissions by 2050.
Una nuova analisi sull'ambizione climatica dei governi dell'UE, incentrata sugli obiettivi di riduzione delle emissioni dei trasporti (il settore con le maggiori emissioni di CO2 nell'UE) mostra che la maggior parte degli stati membri non riuscirà a raggiungere i propri obiettivi di riduzione al 2030. Solo i primi 3, Paesi Bassi, Regno Unito e Spagna, hanno ottenuto un punteggio superiore al 50% nella classifica dei piani nazionali energia e clima elaborata da Transport & Environment che ha analizzato tutte le proposte di ogni Paese per i Piani Nazionali di Energia e Clima.
All European member states had to submit before the end of last year their draft plans on how to achieve 2030 energy and climate targets; the so-called draft National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs). In T&E we have analysed and ranked the 28 draft NECPs from a transport perspective. We wanted to know if they were compatible with 2030 targets and more importantly if they were aligned with longer term transport decarbonisation, based on previous T&E work on the topic. See the ranking below, and click on the map at the bottom for an assessment of each member state's draft plan. The overall assessment can be downloaded at the bottom.
You could almost hear the sigh of relief going through the ‘Quartier Européen’ two weeks ago. Despite all the talk of a populist anti-EU insurgency taking Brussels by storm, that was not Sunday evening’s story. The people’s party (EPP) and the social democrats (S&D) each lost 30-40 seats. But the big surprise was the excellent performance of liberal and green parties. By Monday morning people started to talk about ‘a green wave’ with even the European Commission’s most powerful bureaucrat, Martin Selmayr, joining the chorus.
The switch to electric vehicles could save EU member states billions of euros, but only if governments make space for ‘smart charging’ and Europe embraces the potential of recycling. These are the conclusions of a report commissioned by T&E and others, and amount to the latest in a series of calls for Europe to make the most of the e-vehicle revolution or risk losing out to other parts of the world.
While carmakers have recalled on average between 70% and 99% of highly-polluting diesel vehicles in Germany, progress has been much, much slower elsewhere in Europe, official data shows. More than three years after the Dieselgate emissions scandal broke, only 45% of cars with the notorious VW diesel engine have been recalled in Poland, Eastern Europe’s biggest market. And these are only the cheapest, least effective form of fixes – software updates.
Cruise ships are choking Europe’s port cities with the biggest cruise company, Carnival Corporation, emitting 10 times more sulphur oxides (SOx) than all of Europe’s 260 million cars, new research shows. Royal Caribbean Cruises, the world’s second largest cruise operator, emits four times the SOx of the European car fleet.