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Roadmap to decarbonising European cars

Transport is Europe’s biggest source of carbon emissions, contributing 27% to the EU’s total CO2 emissions, with cars representing 45% of these. Transport is also the only sector in which emissions have grown since 1990, driving an increase in the EU’s overall emissions in 2017. If the EU is to achieve the global Paris climate agreement goals of pursuing efforts to limit the global temperature rise to 1.5ºC, transport emissions must be reduced to zero by 2050 at the very latest, including emissions from passenger cars. This paper analyses options to achieve zero emissions in the EU car segment by 2050. It is designed to feed into the Commission’s current deliberations on 2050 climate scenarios.

Published on November 22, 2018 - 06:00

First European Diesel summit puts dirty fleet high on the agenda

Three years after the Dieselgate scandal was exposed, there are still 43 million highly polluting diesel cars on European roads. As EU industry commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska said at the first European Diesel Summit in Brussels last week, ‘the story isn’t over’. The timing couldn’t have been better to gather policy makers, cities, health experts, consumer groups and green NGOs from across Europe to discuss concrete solutions given that a special ministerial meeting has been convened by the European Commission for 27 November.

Published on November 12, 2018 - 17:17

Gas should be treated same as other fossil fuels, report shows

Powering Europe’s transport with fossil gas – widely known as ‘natural’ gas – would emit as much greenhouse gases as using petrol, diesel or conventional marine fuels, a new T&E report has found. Fossil gas cars also emit as much air pollution as petrol ones and their limited advantage over new diesels that comply with the latest emissions standards could be eliminated by the planned introduction of new Euro VII/7 standards, the research shows. Yet, by taxing gas for transport at a rates much lower than petrol and diesel, European lawmakers are incentivising the use of this fossil fuel.

Published on November 12, 2018 - 16:41

City bans are spreading in Europe

The present briefing provides an overview on the evolution of low-emissions zones for cars and vans in EU cities and analyses their effect on consumer behaviour on the basis of a representative survey commissioned by Transport & Environment. It finds that there is a steadily growing number of cities that introduce or tighten low-emission zones. There are currently more than 260 low-emission zones in 12 EU Member States, among which 250 concern passenger cars. The Dieselgate scandal has provided strong impetus to this movement amongst European cities, and there are now also several cities in Central and Eastern Europe that discuss adopting low-emission zones.

Published on October 30, 2018 - 20:28

Boost for Europe’s zero-emission bus fleet as Parliament backs public procurement targets

Europe is set to rapidly increase its fleet of zero-emissions buses after the European Parliament today supported targets for the public procurement of vehicles by local authorities and public companies. MEPs voted for national targets of between 43% and 75% of new buses to be ‘clean’ vehicles in 2030, and for 25% to 50% of cars and vans.

Published on October 25, 2018 - 18:05

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