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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

EU Parliament votes to accelerate the electric car transformation

The European Parliament today voted for a 20% cut in CO2 emissions from new cars and vans in 2025 and a 40% reduction in 2030, in a bid to speed up the electric car revolution and secure jobs in Europe. European NGO federation Transport & Environment (T&E) welcomes the vote as a crucial step towards cleaner air, less imported oil and more jobs, but warns that the agreed ambition still falls short of what is needed to avoid catastrophic global warming and to meet Europe’s climate commitments under the Paris agreement.

Published on October 3, 2018 - 12:59

MEPs call for more efficient roll-out of charging infrastructure

The European Parliament's transport committee yesterday adopted MEP Ismail Ertug’s report on the deployment of alternative fuels in Europe, calling on the European Commission to introduce more efficient instruments such as binding and enforceable national targets for the deployment of charging infrastructures. The report recommends the €25 billion necessary investment in infrastructure until 2025 to be co-financed by the European Commission (10%), and by the industry (90%).

Published on September 25, 2018 - 11:05

Air pollution laws too weak to protect citizens’ health, EU auditors find

Today’s Court of Auditors report on air pollution shows that the EU is failing to protect its citizens’ health, sustainable transport group Transport & Environment (T&E) has said. The standards set by the EU’s Ambient Air Quality Directive are actually weaker than the WHO guidelines, the report finds.

Published on September 11, 2018 - 11:54

MEPs vote for a faster shift to electric cars

The European Parliament's environment committee today signalled the Parliament's support for ambitious CO2 standards for new cars and vans in 2030 and comprehensively rejected the Commission’s inadequate proposal just a month before the full Parliament votes. European NGO federation Transport & Environment (T&E) welcomes the vote as a step towards a more rapid transition to electric vehicles, but warns that the renewed ambition falls short of what is needed to meet Europe’s Paris climate commitments.

Published on September 10, 2018 - 21:03

Only 5 percent of EV charging happens at public charging points

Despite the perception that public recharging is a major barrier to the mass uptake of electric vehicles (EV), public chargers are only used for about 5% of charging events, including on-street city charging, car parks and fast charging along road corridors. The data compiled in various studies to date shows that the vast majority of EV charging happens at home or work and it is a lack of choice and availability of electric cars that is the principal barrier.

Published on September 7, 2018 - 07:32

Carmakers have cheated European drivers to the tune of 150bn euros since 2000

The real cost of carmakers gaming fuel efficiency tests is now revealed: the additional fuel burned because of widespread industry manipulation has cost drivers an extra €149.6 billion for the past 18 years (2000-2017) [1]. In 2017 alone, this superfluous waste of Europeans’ money was €23.4 billion, which is slightly more than all Swedes spent on food last year [2]. Since 2000 the manipulation of CO2 tests has produced an additional 264 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent, slightly more than the annual CO2 emissions of the Netherlands.

Published on August 29, 2018 - 09:10

Drivers put at greater safety risk without more widely used tyre pressure monitors – study

Tyre pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) are still not compulsory for all vehicles on the road, but a new study finds that cars with the systems fitted are far safer than those without. Vehicles fitted with some form of TPMS are safer according to a new study by Dekra, an independent certification agency. The European Parliament and governments are currently discussing a proposal to extend the requirement for TPMS to all cars, vans, buses, and trucks sold in the EU.

Published on August 1, 2018 - 10:54

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