Researchers on the EU’s ‘Smart SPP’ programme have developed an assessment tool aimed at making it easier for public officials to calculate the real cost of a vehicle or transport service over its full lifetime.
It was called the world’s longest-lasting traffic jam. For nearly four weeks, lorries and cars queued bumper-to-bumper in China’s Hebei province, stretching for more than 100 kilometres.
Europe’s road transport in 2050 will involve lower speed limits and very few internal combustion engines. That is the vision that emerges from a Commission consultation on how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from Europe’s transport sector.
The Greek Green MEP Michail Tremopoulos has written to all MEPs calling on them not to let transport sustainability in Greece become a casualty of the country’s financial rescue package.
A new study from the International Transport Forum reports a drop in transport demand and emissions during the global economic downturn, but says the long-term global trend continues to show growing demand for transport.
The Commission is consulting on ways of deciding how to plan the next phase of the trans-European transport network.
A report for the German government says a range of measures, headed by traffic avoidance, needs to be adopted if transport is to make a meaningful contribution to fighting climate change. The report comes as the latest TERM report on the environmental performance of Europe’s transport shows polluting modes are still rising.
The transport sector is likely to prevent the EU from reducing its total greenhouse gas emissions by 80%, according to the results of a project set up by the Commission.
T&E's Annual Review for 2009.
Editorial by Ulla Rasmussen, T&E President
For a new organisation to take off, you need a good idea. But that’s just the start; setting up – and sustaining – a campaigning organisation takes a great deal more than just having a good idea. One needs a clear vision, funding, people to do the groundwork and shepherd it through the early years. For these reasons alone, T&E’s 20th birthday is something worth celebrating – but there's a lot more to smile about than just surviving two decades.