The European Federation for Transport and Environment (T&E) today released a report showing that the car industry’s voluntary agreement with the EU to cut average CO2 emissions from passenger cars is failing to deliver. The report says that the 140g/km target set for 2008 can only be reached if the industry now makes unprecedented emissions cuts. It concludes that EU legislation is now needed to create both legally-binding limits as well as incentives to encourage innovation in low-emissions technology and to boost the market for cars that pollute less.
[mailchimp_signup][/mailchimp_signup]A progress report on the car industry's voluntary agreement and an assessment of the need for policy instruments.
At a press conference held today, Günter Verheugen, Vice-President of the Commission, and Bernd Pischetsrieder, President of ACEA (European Automobile Manufacturers Association), launched a new initiative to boost the competitiveness of the European car industry. A high level group called “CARS 21” will be set up.
The impact of cars on the environment and public health is a hot topic in Europe. In a one-day seminar held in Brussels, T&E brought together industry, policy makers and NGOs to debate three key issues: EURO 5 emissions standards, cars and climate change and noise pollution. For more information, download the full announcement, final programme and participants list.
[mailchimp_signup][/mailchimp_signup]Based on a T&E seminar held in Brussels on 19 May 2004, this report brings together social and environmental thinking, with a focus on the specific example of pricing.
During a discussion on Sustainable Road Transport at last week's Environment Council meeting in Luxembourg, Ministers appeared to offer broad support for cleaner vehicles. The Dutch Presidency was effectively 'testing the water' on the subject - the real debate will come when the Commission issues concrete proposals. T&E, along with the European Environment Bureau (EEB), issued a position paper before the meeting advocating stricter targets for the sector. The two organisations welcomed the broad support for such moves offered by several Ministers.
[mailchimp_signup][/mailchimp_signup]This letter to European Environment Ministers was sent as input to the discussion on Sustainable Mobility scheduled for the Council meeting on 14th October 2004. It was sent jointly by T&E and the European Environmental Bureau (EEB).
[mailchimp_signup][/mailchimp_signup]A brief introduction into who is affected by social exclusion and how transport can exacerbate or help alleviate the problem.
[mailchimp_signup][/mailchimp_signup]T&E position paper.