A report by two respected climate scientists says the EU’s plans for natural gas as an energy source are incompatible with its commitment to the 2015 Paris climate accord. The report’s authors say Europe has just nine years left to burn fossil fuels at the current rate if global temperatures are to stay below a 2°C increase.
Reacting to FuelsEurope's study on EURO 6 diesel cars performance, Greg Archer, clean vehicles director of Transport & Environment, said: "The oil industry’s crystal ball assumes that emissions from new cars on the road will be as low as during tests – but history suggests this is wishful thinking. The reality is that diesel emissions are so complex to control they will always be higher on the road so the study underestimates the likely future contribution of diesel vehicles. Despite this, the analysis still shows that the toxic air will still be poisoning some urban residents in 2030! Replacing dirty diesels and ultimately all vehicles with engines with zero emission alternatives, or banning them from city centres, is the only way to ensure it will be safe to breath."
Electrofuels are neither an efficient or a cost-effective solution to decarbonise road transport, a new independent study has found. The study, conducted by consultancy Cerulogy for NGO Transport & Environment (T&E), concludes that e-fuels could supply a limited amount of aviation's growing energy needs but only if the electricity comes from new renewable sources with strict sustainability criteria. T&E said the EU must ensure only e-fuels produced from renewables, such as wind and solar, can be eligible under the advanced fuels target and that it should adopt measures to avoid double counting of renewable electricity under the Renewable Energy Directive.
Electro or e-fuels (or power to liquid/gas) are electricity-based gaseous or liquid fuels which can be used in internal combustion engines. According to a new report by Cerulogy for T&E, e-fuels only have meaningful climate benefits if strict sustainability criteria are observed throughout the production process. The key factors determining the sustainability of e-fuels are the source of electricity (it must be renewable), the source of CO2 (ideally air capture) as well as impacts on land and water. Download the study below plus T&E's briefing.
Against the background of the Bonn Climate Change Conference and the release of the second Clean mobility package by the European Commission, the Spanish Government is elaborating Spain's Industrial Strategy. It feels like high time to secure the currently leading position of the Spanish vehicle and components manufacturers’ industries. Does it make sense to keep manufacturing internal combustion engines when the rest of the world goes in the opposite direction?
This briefing for MEPs, ahead of a plenary debate on the European Commission’s '2nd Mobility Package', provides details on the proposed car and van CO2 target for 2025 and 2030 and why these lack the necessary ambition to meet the EU’s climate goals, specifically:• There will be a slow down in emissions cuts after 2021;• There is no ZEV mandate or penalty for failing to hit the goal;• There is no effective means to prevent test manipulation such as a real-world test.The briefing also provides information on the strengths and weaknesses of other elements of the package – the Clean Vehicles Directive and Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Action Plan – and suggests areas of questioning for the Commission.
New car CO2 emissions are virtually unchanged for a fifth successive year according to new data published by the ICCT and analysis by Transport & Environment. Since 2012 new car CO2 emissions have reduced by just 2% on the road compared to nearly 11% in fake laboratory tests. The average gap between real-world fuel consumption of cars and their official test results is at all-time high in Europe, the 2017 edition of From Laboratory to Road report by the ICCT, an independent research institute, reveals. This discrepancy has more than quadrupled since 2001, from 9% in that year to 42% in 2016. The gap translates into €400 per year in extra fuel costs for the average car, the ICCT estimates. More than half of the claimed (on-paper) reductions in carbon emissions since 2001 have not been delivered in the real-world.
Following the unhelpful intervention of the Juncker Cabinet it would be preferable to delay the proposal and negotiate on key points to produce a stronger outcome. The alternative is to issue a weak proposal that does not put the EU on a track to meet its climate goals and the EU industry on a path to becoming globally competitive and manufacturing new technology vehicles in the EU.
As details of the forthcoming car CO2 regulation are finalised, T&E has issued research highlighting the failure of the current CO2 regulation to lower CO2 emissions on the road and what solutions are available to tackle this.
This briefing summarises the important lessons for design of future EU vehicle regulations that have been concluded from an extensive programme of more than 400 real world car tests. The tests have been performed on Peugeot Citroën Group (PSA) cars as part of programme conducted by PSA in collaboration with Transport & Environment, France Nature Environnement and Bureau Veritas. The purpose was to provide PSA customers with reliable real world information on fuel economy and emissions. The views expressed in this briefing are solely those of T&E, but a technical report agreed by PSA and T&E has already been published presenting the comprehensive data.