Effectively addressing climate change is possibly the greatest challenge of our time. In 2015 world governments agreed in Paris that global temperature rise must be limited to well below 2ºC, while aiming for 1.5ºC compared to pre-industrial levels. A recent IPCC 1.5º Special Report also recommended "deep emissions reductions" to achieve these temperature goals.
A coalition of 21 NGOs urged Climate and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete to exclude soy- and palm oil-based biodiesel from the list of biofuels eligible to count toward renewable energy targets for transport.
The Council of ICAO – the UN’s aviation body – is meeting to take decisions on critical aspects governing the global offsetting scheme for aviation, known as CORSIA. Decisions taken will largely determine whether the CORSIA will have environmental integrity in meeting its goal of carbon-neutral growth from 2020, or whether a system might be created that operates in secrecy and allows bad quality, double-counted emissions credits which make climate change worse.
The biggest italian environmental NGOs have asked their MEPs to take action for a better delegated act by the Commission on High ILUC biofuels, in a co-signed letter sent yesterday.The letter is signed by Legambiente, WWF Italy, Greenpeace Italy, Fondazione per lo Sviluppo Sostenibile, Cittadini per l'aria, Kyoto club and T&E Italy.
In this letter, seen by T&E, six major global brands and transport companies tell EU lawmakers to set an ambitious sales benchmark for zero-emission trucks in the EU's heavy-duty vehicle CO2 regulation.
We are leaders of indigenous people’s organizations, farmers’ unions, civil society organizations, traditional communities, farmers, laborers, human rights defenders and environmental activists. We read and receive many contradictory messages and statements that seem to ignore the impact of the palm oil industry in the form of deforestation, land grabs, human rights violations, labor exploitation, corruption, socio-economic and political problems and ecological problems.
In this letter to EU Industry Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska, the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan welcomes her proposal to define a direct vision standard – the area surrounding a truck cab that the driver must be able to see without using mirrors or cameras – but says “we need to move quicker” on its implementation.
European NGOs working on aviation climate policy (EuroICSA) today wrote to the European Commission as it prepares a response to rules circulated for the global offsetting scheme for international aviation, known as CORSIA.
In this letter and explanatory 'non-paper' obtained by T&E, the EU's industry and climate commissioners outline evidence of the car industry manipulating the new WLTP emissions tests. The non-paper details the methods used to inflate CO2 emissions values. The Commission explains that such inflation effectively weakens the ambition of the proposed new car CO2 reduction targets for 2025 and 2030. The letter and paper were sent to the Austrian presidency of the EU, the chair of the European Parliament environment committee and the lead MEP on the legislation for new car CO2 targets.
T&E has obtained letters from six EU countries informing the UN aviation agency ICAO that they may pull out out of a global carbon offsetting scheme for aircraft emissions if its environmental safeguards are weakened any further. In separate letters, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Finland and Norway state that if sustainability rules governing the use of offsets and alternative fuels are watered down any more in negotiations, they will reconsider their participation. The letters are available to download here. T&E has also seen documents that suggest six other EU countries have similarly told ICAO that they will pull out of the scheme, known as CORSIA.