In February 2016, the European Commission released a proposal to guarantee its gas supply security and is preparing another one to implement the EU’s 2030 climate targets for the transport, buildings and agriculture sectors. It is also developing a communication to decarbonise the road transport sector, to be announced this summer. To understand what role natural gas could have in achieving these objectives, T&E commissioned a study from Ricardo Energy & Environment to assess the impacts of large-scale use of natural gas in the transport sector.
The gap between petrol and diesel taxes in Europe is quite unique in the world and is the main reason why diesel engines have taken off in Europe and not worldwide. This study analyses fuel price and tax trends since 1980 and adds a specific analysis of diesel tax paid by trucks. It finds that in 2014 the gap in tax levels for diesel and petrol paid by motorists was €0.14/l, which is 30% lower than petrol per unit of energy or tonne of CO2.
On 16 February 2012 the environment committee of the European Parliament will vote on a proposal to limit the sulphur content in fuels used by ships in EU seas. This briefing gives an overview of the key issues at stake.
Briefing on the EU proposal to reduce sulphur levels in ship fuels.
The European Union established a 20% target for renewable energy use by 2020 and a 10% target for renewables in the transport sector by 2020. Bioenergy, including solid biomass and waste, is expected to represent 60% of the EU’s renewable energy use and biofuels is expected to cover most of the 10% renewable energy use in transport. Widely perceived as carbon neutral, new studies reveal that these policies could be increasing emissions compared to fossil fuels.
Cleaner fuels and lower sulphur: A position paper on the revision of Directive 98/70/EC (117KB). By Frazer Goodwin, September 2001. The PDF version of the key recommendations are also available in html format by clicking on the sunglasses icon.
Controlling Traffic Pollution and the Auto-Oil Programme. Authoritative report on air quality issues and the European Commission's Auto-Oil Programme. By Frazer Goodwin, December 1999.
Updated response to the EU's Auto-Oil Programme. By Frazer Goodwin, December 1997