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Compromise is good politics, but a lot more needs to be done

Editorial by Jos Dings

What a month! There was good news and bad news, and bad news that turned into good news. In general, we should be happy at the first binding targets for car makers and the decarbonisation targets for fuels. But behind it all came another highly authoritative and worrying report on climate change, which shows why compromise may be good politics, but it makes us fall further behind the clock on tackling global warming.

Published on February 13, 2007 - 10:00

Europe set to weaken key climate target for new cars

The European Commission has proposed to weaken an eleven-year-old climate target for new cars just five days after the global scientific community warned policymakers to take serious and urgent action on climate change. The Commission plans to introduce a legally binding target for average CO2 emissions from new cars of 130 grammes per kilometer, ten grammes more than than the standing target of 120 g/km set in 1996.

Published on February 7, 2007 - 12:34

Environmental NGOs call on Barroso to legislate on cars and climate

The directors of ten leading environmental NGOs have co-signed a letter to Commission President Barroso calling on him to bring forward binding legislation on cars and climate change. The letter follows Barroso's intervention this week to postpone a planned review of the EU strategy on reducing CO2 from cars.

Download the letter (pdf).

Published on January 23, 2007 - 10:00