The EU’s commitment to having the average new car emit no more than 120 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometre by 2012 must now be turned into a set of legally binding requirements for car makers.
The Dutch transport ministry has reduced the speed limit on four stretches of motorway, covering 15 kilometres in total, in an effort to improve air quality, greenhouse gas emissions, noise levels and traffic flow.
The European Parliament has overruled its environment committee in voting against measures that would have eliminated fluorinated gases, which are used in car air conditioning systems and contribute to global warming.
The Commission has closed its consultation on the next round of emission limits for passenger cars, known as Euro-5, with T&E clashing with the European car makers’ association Acea.
By Roland Hwang
Both European and American NGOs are working hard to encourage the auto industries to produce cleaner and low-carbon cars, but the scope for coordination hasn’t been fully exploited. The aims may be the same, but the approaches haven’t, despite the obvious fact that the more the two continents adopt similar approaches, the more car makers can take advantage of the vast economies of scale by developing the same technologies for both markets.
The EU industry commissioner Günter Verheugen (pictured), is said to believe the target of reducing average carbon dioxide emissions from new cars to 120 grams per kilometre by 2012 is “impossible”.
The Commission has taken the automotive world a little by surprise by launching a new consultation on Euro-5 emissions standards.
Traffic speed is a key variable in transport policy. Speed plays a dominant role in a string of transport indicators such as mobility demand, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, air pollution, noise, safety and congestion. This short paper takes reducing CO2 emissions as a primary angle.
The objective of this paper is to arrive at an assessment of the cost effectiveness of more fuel efficient cars.
T&E is hosting an event for T&E member organisations and NGOs working on cars and climate change. For further information, please contact Aat Peterse at T&E.