The European Parliament's environment committee has reached agreement on the Clean Vehicles Directive, which will incentivise the procurement of low and zero-emitting vehicles and can act as a strong driver for the shift to zero-emission vehicles.
One day after the world’s leading climate scientists urged global leaders to drastically cut emissions to avoid catastrophic climate change, EU governments agreed to reduce carbon emissions from new cars by just 35% in 2030, compared to 2021 levels. Although slightly better than the Commission’s proposal, European NGO federation Transport & Environment (T&E) says this position falls well short of what is needed to meet the EU’s 2030 climate law and avoid dangerous climate change as highlighted in yesterday’s IPCC’s report.
Which comes first: the electric vehicles or the charging points? This is the central question addressed in a new report by T&E about public infrastructure for charging up e-vehicles, which adds weight to earlier studies showing it is not a lack of charging facilities that is stopping the take-up of e-vehicles but the lack of the vehicles themselves.
It is nearly 200 years (1824) since French physicist Joseph Fourier first describes the Earth's natural "greenhouse effect".
MEPs have sent a strong signal to EU environment ministers about the car CO2 cuts and low-emission vehicle sales needed if Europe’s industry is to catch up in the electric revolution and secure jobs here. The European Parliament last week voted for a 40% cut in CO2 emissions from new cars and vans in 2030, and a sales target for low and zero-emissions vehicles of 20% in 2025 and 35% in 2030.
The EU’s air quality laws are failing. That is the conclusion of two reports, one by the EU’s Court of Auditors into ambient air quality standards and monitoring, the other by T&E that shows the number of polluting diesel vehicles is growing, and that even new cars that pass emissions tests in real driving conditions are pumping out dangerous levels of pollutants.
The battle over the type of cars we will drive in 2030 is heating up and so are the claims and counterclaims about the impact on jobs. This week the European Parliament voted for a 40% reduction in new car CO2 emissions between 2020/1 and 2030 much more than the 30% proposed by the European Commission. Parliament also introduced real world checks to stop the industry gaming laboratory tests.
The European Parliament today voted for a 20% cut in CO2 emissions from new cars and vans in 2025 and a 40% reduction in 2030, in a bid to speed up the electric car revolution and secure jobs in Europe. European NGO federation Transport & Environment (T&E) welcomes the vote as a crucial step towards cleaner air, less imported oil and more jobs, but warns that the agreed ambition still falls short of what is needed to avoid catastrophic global warming and to meet Europe’s climate commitments under the Paris agreement.
Electric and hydrogen cars rely on renewable electricity that the EU can produce locally. But, instead, fossil-fuelled cars are driving Europe's addiction to oil. Crude oil and petroleum products represent around a third of the EU’s total energy consumption. The EU imports around 90% of the oil it needs and this share is expected to rise in the future. Two-thirds of the EU’s oil is used in transport.
Most regulatory fights on vehicle emission regulations ultimately boil down to one iconic number battle. A few technical disputes get less attention but have a much bigger impact on the stringency of the new rules than a few percent up or down on the headline target. The ongoing discussions over car and van CO2 regulations for 2030 follow this pattern.