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EU battery plan an opportunity for Europe to do batteries cleaner and better

The strategic action plan on batteries launched today by the European Commission is key to decarbonising transport in the EU and – rightly – puts sustainably and responsibly sourced batteries at the heart of that transition, Transport & Environment (T&E) has said. The environmental NGO added that swiftly implementing this strategy will help Europe benefit from a market worth up to €250 billion a year that so far has been left to manufacturers in China and other regions.

Published on May 17, 2018 - 13:11

EU states taken to court over air pollution must tackle the main cause: dirty diesels

Today’s decision to take six EU countries to court for failing to tackle repeated breaches of air quality limits is a long-overdue and welcome step, sustainable transport group Transport & Environment (T&E) had said. Germany, France and the UK for years allowed breaches of limits on toxic NO2 emissions while Italy, Romania and Hungary failed to tackle harmful and illegal levels of particulates (PM10). Separately, additional warnings were issued to Germany, the UK, Italy and Luxembourg for failing to take action against the millions of diesel cars with illegal defeat devices that allegedly cheated emissions tests.

Published on May 17, 2018 - 11:58

Why air quality is about to land EU countries in court

This Thursday (17 May) the European Commission is expected to refer Germany, France, the UK, Italy, Hungary, and Romania to the European Court of Justice for their failure to tackle repeated breaches of EU air quality limits. It is also expected to take Germany, the UK, and Luxembourg to court for failing to take action against the VW group cars with illegal defeat devices. This media advisory sets out the background to these infringement proceedings and why they matter.

Published on May 16, 2018 - 13:34

EU rows back on third-party testing of vehicle emissions

The EU has rowed back on plans to allow all third parties to test vehicles’ on-road air pollution after they have been sold. While green transport group Transport & Environment (T&E) welcomes the agreement [1] reached today by EU governments and the European Commission, it regrets that the final agreement no longer allows third parties other than technical labs to perform real-driving emissions tests and trigger action against poisonous NOx from cars. It was an independent test in the US that lead to the exposure of the Dieselgate scandal.

Published on May 4, 2018 - 13:20

Most carmakers will meet their 2021 CO2 targets. Here's how

Almost all carmakers will comply with the EU’s 2021 CO2 emissions reduction targets – despite the auto industry’s claims to the contrary, a new analysis by T&E has found. All European carmakers – with the exception of Fiat, Hyundai and Honda – will only need to sell small numbers of plug-in vehicles in order to achieve their targets, with most only needing to make moderate use of flexibilities in the car CO2 regulation to avoid fines.

Published on May 2, 2018 - 22:12

Evidence in Norway of poor supply of cars holding back e-vehicle revolution

Evidence from Norway and other countries suggests the biggest obstacle to speeding up the electrification of road transport could be a lack of e-vehicles. Incentives to encourage people to go electric, coupled with advances in EV technology, have generated a level of demand that the supply of electric cars cannot match.

Published on May 2, 2018 - 14:12

Dirty diesels still causing air pollution despite efforts to tackle them

Efforts to tackle air pollution caused by diesel cars are moving the problem east rather than solving it. That is the conclusion of an analysis by T&E to coincide with Bulgaria’s presidency of the EU. Another T&E report suggests that efforts to clean up the air in western European cities are less effective than they should be because decisions on restricting certain car types are not based on real-world emissions.

Published on May 2, 2018 - 13:51

Rise in car CO2 emissions last year due to surging SUV sales, not declining diesel – analysis

Last week’s confirmation that the average CO2 emissions of a new car sold in the EU increased in 2017 is the result of carmakers selling more SUVs, crossovers and more powerful vehicles, T&E’s study shows. The European Environment Agency (EEA) reported a small but expected rise in new car CO2 emissions of 0.4g/km.

Published on May 2, 2018 - 11:36

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