[mailchimp_signup][/mailchimp_signup]In this brochure, T&E sets out the problem of traffic noise and what can be gained by seriously tackling it, and recommends the best course of action for the EU to adopt in drafting a new set of tighter noise standards.
Close to half of all Europeans are regularly exposed to traffic noise levels that are potentially dangerous to health, a new study has found.
The Commission’s long-awaited draft legislation on the rules for public authorities to buy road vehicles came out in December, and as expected they will require all authorities in the EU to consider the lifetime cost of pollution emissions and fuel consumption. The principle of bodies such as public transport authorities paying more for vehicles that are environmentally better than cheaper options has been accepted for some time, but the new legislation proposes a harmonised EU methodology for calculating the lifecycle costs of fuel, carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides, hydrocarbons and particulate matter. One study predicts the proposed law could save up to 1.9 million tonnes of CO2 a year by 2017.
The Belgian advertising authority has condemned the Swedish car maker Saab for claiming unjustifiable environmental benefits for one of its cars. Saab has been advertising that its new ‘biopower’ car has no environmental impact, but environmental groups have threatened legal action over the claim. Official fuel consumption figures show Saab is among the worst performers on the Belgian market.
BMW, Daimler and Porsche have won a ‘Worst EU Lobbying Award’ for their lobbying to water down and delay the EU’s obligatory CO2 emissions targets. The awards, which are organised by a group of NGOs who monitor corporate behaviour, were voted for by 6600 people across Europe in an on-line poll. The three car companies were joint winners alongide a German nuclear power lobbying organisation.
Milan has become the latest European metropolis to introduce a city charge to reduce pollution and congestion levels, as the idea of ‘low emissions zones’ gains in popularity.
Road traffic and aviation are the means of transport that contribute most to global warming, according to a study whose authors describe it as ‘the first ever comprehensive analysis of the climate effect from the transport sector as a whole on a global scale’.
A draft of Europe’s first ever legislation forcing car makers to emit a maximum level of carbon dioxide emissions was published in December. T&E criticised the Commission’s proposals as failing to set a new long-term target and weakening the existing target.
Europe's proposed CO2 emissions standards for new cars are a pat on the back for SUV makers and a setback for Europe's low carbon future according to T&E.
[mailchimp_signup][/mailchimp_signup]T&E's report on why basing new car CO2 standards on vehicle weight would be counterproductive has been updated.