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T&E’s executive director, William Todts, said: “Timmermans rightly calls for the EU to do more, but rhetoric and ambitious targets won’t be enough. We need the Von der Leyen Commission to accelerate the shift to e-mobility and phase out combustion engine vehicles. That means strengthening the vehicle CO2 standards but also new policies to clean up taxi, bus and other fleets, as well as laws to make batteries greener.
“And we desperately need to kickstart action on airline and shipping emissions where the UN agencies have utterly failed. Strengthening the EU ETS for these sectors is a start, but we’ll need to do much more if we want to see zero emission ships or e-kerosene powered planes take off.”