The Commission has approved a revised Common Transport Policy (CTP) that contradicts the EU’s sustainable development strategy published just six days earlier. The juxtaposition of the two documents led T&E to describe the new CTP as “unsustainable and illegitimate”.
Greenhouse gases from Europe’s transport sector are preventing the EU from meeting its obligations under the Kyoto protocol.
[mailchimp_signup][/mailchimp_signup]Greenhouse gas emissions from transport in the EU25 - An analysis of 2004 data submitted to the UNFCCC
UPDATE: An updated report based on 2005 figures can be downloaded here.
The European Commission has today published a new transport strategy paper that ignores the specific objectives and targets to protect health and the environment from the negative impacts of transport agreed by EU leaders last Friday says T&E, the European sustainable transport citizens organisation.
On Friday June 16, T&E wrote again to President Barosso regarding the Common Transport Policy midterm review. "Today, European leaders backed the EU’s revised Sustainable Development Strategy (SDS) at their meeting in Brussels. Next week the Commission is set to publish its midterm review of the Common Transport Policy (CTP). But judging by the latest draft of the CTP review, which we have seen, the Commission has manifestly failed to consider the former when preparing the latter. That a major statement of European transport policy by the Commission should totally ignore the clearly-stated demands of European leaders is as bizarre as it is wrong..."
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The EU is about to embark on an unsustainable new transport policy which has little or no economic justification and undermines several other key European policies according to The Green 10 group of environmental NGOs in a letter sent today to Commission President José Manuel Barroso. Download the full letter.
A five-day experiment to reduce speed limits has shown clear benefits for both traffic flow and lower particulate emissions.
Editorial by Jos Dings
People sometimes ask me why the environmental movement has not been more enthusiastic about the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). I can’t speak for the entire environmental movement, only for T&E, but I think our views are shared by many others. The ETS is an exciting tool, and the EU’s institutions should be congratulated on introducing a mechanism that encourages an optimisation of energy use and emissions through market forces. But the ETS has an inherent problem that limits what it can do, which means other measures are still urgently needed.
Editorial by Jos Dings
Five years ago Europe was presented with a new Common Transport Policy. Like its predecessor, it is expected to have a life of around 10 years, which means we are reaching the mid-point – and indeed we have a mid-term review coming up which will give us the chance to see if the EU is really living up to its promises.
T&E has joined with four other Brussels-based environmental groups to urge EU energy ministers to put transport on their agenda.