This report, released on the first anniversary of the Dieselgate scandal, exposes the shocking number of dirty diesel cars on the EU’s roads and the feeble regulation of cars by national authorities that have focused on protecting their own commercial interests or those of domestic carmakers. In the US, following the disclosure that VW had cheated emissions tests, justice has been swiftly and effectively delivered. This is in stark contrast to Europe where VW claims it has not acted illegally, no penalties have been levied and no compensation has been provided to customers.
The Environment Committee of the European Parliament will vote next week on noise limits for vehicles. The compromise proposal put forward by the lead MEP has been drafted by sports car manufacturer Porsche.
City breaks are supposed to be refreshing. But tourists are being warned that spending a long weekend in Europe’s 10 most popular but polluted cities could have the same health impacts as smoking between one and four cigarettes.
T&E is about to undertake an ambitious new programme of vehicle emissions testing. We are looking for a motivated professional with experience in emissions testing to manage this programme and contribute to T&E’s work on vehicles, air quality and climate.
Tyre pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) are still not compulsory for all vehicles on the road, but a new study finds that cars with the systems fitted are far safer than those without. Vehicles fitted with some form of TPMS are safer according to a new study by Dekra, an independent certification agency. The European Parliament and governments are currently discussing a proposal to extend the requirement for TPMS to all cars, vans, buses, and trucks sold in the EU.
After having demonstrated in 2016 that indirect TPMS could be optimised to pass the regulatory test but fail to perform appropriately on the road, Transport & Environment (T&E) commissioned Dekra to carry out an independent on-road field survey to measure tyre pressure of about 1,000 cars in Italy and Portugal from random drivers.
European Commission scientists have uncovered evidence of carmakers manipulating the results of a new test for CO2 emissions, documents obtained by Transport & Environment show. Less than three years after the Dieselgate NOx emissions scandal, the car industry is now inflating its CO2/fuel economy results, which could reduce the stringency of its 2025 CO2 targets by more than half.  In this way they will be able to sell fewer electric cars and more diesel vehicles while still hitting their 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.
Transport is Europe’s biggest source of CO2 emissions. Road transport represents three-quarters of transport emissions; and cars and vans three-quarters of these. It is therefore surprising that rather than seeking to aggressively drive down emissions from Europe’s cars and vans, Climate Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete and his department are deliberately and repeatedly misleading the co-decision makers in the Parliament and Council about the impact of its proposals for post-2020 CO2 targets for new cars and vans. The defensive moves of the Commissioner and his department have been to discredit electric cars and warn of job losses. But his claims are not supported by the evidence including the analysis of the Commission’s own impact assessment – this paper matches the claims to the evidence.
Fuelling Spain’s Future: How to boost the economy while leaving carbon behind shows that improving the efficiency of cars and increasing the number of zero emissions vehicles on the road will lead to a larger economy.