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Crunch time for setting up governance of the global offsetting scheme for aviation, CORSIA

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.

Published on February 28, 2019 - 16:00

Majority of environmental Italian NGOs ask their MEPs to put pressure on the Commission to close loopholes on biofuels delegated act

 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.

Published on February 8, 2019 - 14:21

Indonesian community leaders letter to EU Commission on palm oil diesel

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.

Published on January 17, 2019 - 11:42

London Mayor tells Commission 'we need to move quicker' in implementing life-saving 'direct vision' in trucks

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. 

Published on September 14, 2018 - 08:00

European Commission finds evidence of car industry manipulating WLTP tests to cheat CO2 emissions targets

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.

Published on July 25, 2018 - 12:02

European countries say they may pull out of weakened aviation CO2 scheme

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.

Published on June 6, 2018 - 10:23

Europe's climate goals must not be compromised by supersonic aircraft

In this letter, NGOs Aviation Environment Federation, Carbon Market Watch and Transport & Environment tell European ministers for climate and transport that the excessive environmental and climate implications of supersonic flight are beyond doubt. They call on the ministers to make clear that Europe’s commitment to meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement will require the environmental performance of all new supersonic aircraft to at least meet existing and future environmental standards applicable to subsonic aircraft and so avoid any deterioration in aircraft environmental impacts. Given aviation’s already considerable environmental impact, it is imperative that Europe’s regulators act firmly and without delay to protect European citizens.

Published on June 1, 2018 - 13:27