The strategic action plan on batteries launched today by the European Commission is key to decarbonising transport in the EU and – rightly – puts sustainably and responsibly sourced batteries at the heart of that transition, Transport & Environment (T&E) has said. The environmental NGO added that swiftly implementing this strategy will help Europe benefit from a market worth up to €250 billion a year that so far has been left to manufacturers in China and other regions.
Today’s decision to take six EU countries to court for failing to tackle repeated breaches of air quality limits is a long-overdue and welcome step, sustainable transport group Transport & Environment (T&E) had said. Germany, France and the UK for years allowed breaches of limits on toxic NO2 emissions while Italy, Romania and Hungary failed to tackle harmful and illegal levels of particulates (PM10). Separately, additional warnings were issued to Germany, the UK, Italy and Luxembourg for failing to take action against the millions of diesel cars with illegal defeat devices that allegedly cheated emissions tests.
The EU has rowed back on plans to allow all third parties to test vehicles’ on-road air pollution after they have been sold. While green transport group Transport & Environment (T&E) welcomes the agreement  reached today by EU governments and the European Commission, it regrets that the final agreement no longer allows third parties other than technical labs to perform real-driving emissions tests and trigger action against poisonous NOx from cars. It was an independent test in the US that lead to the exposure of the Dieselgate scandal.
Provisional data for European new car carbon emissions in 2017 published today shows the small but expected rise in new car CO2 emissions of 0.4g/km is due to the strong growth in sales of crossover and SUV models - mainly diesel powered. According to the European Environment Agency, the average CO2 emissions from diesel cars rose from 116.8g/km in 2016 to 117.9g/km in 2017, while CO2 emissions from petrol cars remained flat (-0.1g/km).
Carmakers are holding back sales of both electric cars and more fuel-efficient upgrades of their best selling models in Europe, new research shows. Almost all manufacturers will comply with the EU’s 2021 CO2 emissions reduction targets through a combination of selling more fuel-efficient and plug-in models and exploiting flexibilities in the regulation, green transport group Transport & Environment’s report, CO2 emissions from cars: The facts, finds. Only six of the top 50 selling models in Europe received a full model upgrade in 2017 and very few new plug-in cars were made available – undoubtedly contributing to the lack of progress in reducing car CO2 emissions last year.
More than 90% of new Euro 6 diesels on sale today that don’t meet the EU emission limits on the road are still exempt from low emission zones (LEZs) or diesel bans in European cities, a new briefing by Transport & Environment (T&E) reveals. These Euro 6 diesels still exceed the nitrogen oxides (NOx) limit by 4 to 5 times while some models up to 10 times higher, notably Renault, Fiat and Opel models. Some Euro 6 vehicles emit more NOx on the road than Euro 4 and 5 cars that are banned.Versión en Español aquí.
- Following on from the real-world fuel economy measurements, the protocol developed by Groupe PSA, T&E, FNE and Bureau Veritas has been adapted to measure NOx and particulate emissions in real driving conditions
- Measures tested on recent Peugeot, Citroën and DS cars show excellent results for both NOx and particulate number emissions
- They reflect Groupe PSA’s undertaking to introduce – in 2017, three years ahead of 2020 European emissions standards – vehicles meeting the standards’ RDE conformity factor of 1.5.
- Dans la continuité des mesures de consommation de carburant en usage réel, le protocole développé par le Groupe PSA, T&E, FNE et Bureau Veritas a été étendu aux mesures des émissions de polluants (NOx, particules) en conditions réelles d’utilisation
- Les mesures réalisées sur des véhicules Peugeot, Citroën et DS, de faible kilométrage, présentent des résultats excellents aussi bien pour les émissions de NOx1 que pour les particules en nombre
- Ces résultats reflètent l’engagement pris par le Groupe PSA de lancer dès 2017, soit avec 3 ans d’avance, des véhicules respectant le facteur de conformité RDE de 1,5 fixé par la réglementation européenne 2020
More investment in public charging infrastructure needed after 2020 as electric vehicle sales increase.Press release from the Electromobility Platform.Contrary to mainstream belief that there are not enough electric vehicle chargers and that this is discouraging potential EV buyers, a new analysis reveals sufficient public recharging facilities for the number of cars on the road in 2017 in many countries. Furthermore, if national EV infrastructure roll-out plans are met there will also be sufficient EV chargers until 2020.
Car CO2 emissions – as measured in the laboratory – continued to decline in 2016 despite a fall in the share of diesel car sales, according to official figures released today by the European Environment Agency. Average car CO2 emissions declined by 1.4 grammes of CO2 per km to 118.1g/km. Sustainable transport group Transport & Environment (T&E) said most carmakers remain on track to achieve 2020/2021 targets but will need to accelerate emissions reductions – including by selling an increasing share of electric cars – in order to do so.