Cars and vans are choking our cities. They are the main source of our toxic air, disturb our sleep and reduce our quality of life through noisy engines and exhausts. Cars and vans are a huge contributor to climate change too.
T&E is about to undertake an ambitious new programme of vehicle emissions testing. We are looking for a motivated professional with experience in emissions testing to manage this programme and contribute to T&E’s work on vehicles, air quality and climate.
The European Commission has told Hungary that it may have to pay back money given from EU funds for the expansion of the Budapest metro network because a condition of the grant – the introduction of a congestion charge in the city – has not been met. T&E says the credibility of the rule of law is at stake over the issue.
Electric trucks are urgently needed for Europe to achieve its climate goals, according to a new study commissioned by the Dutch Environment Ministry. It shows that one out of three new trucks will need to be electric or zero-emission by 2030 if the EU is to meet its Paris commitments.
Air pollution is now so bad in many of Europe’s most popular cities that holidaymakers on city breaks may be smoking the equivalent of up to four cigarettes in a four-day trip. Figures from T&E show that taking a holiday in a polluted city could be harmful to human health, when holidays are supposed to be refreshing breaks that enhance health.
Carmakers are manipulating the results of a new test for CO2 emissions, evidence uncovered by the European Commission indicates. The new lab-based WLTP test was supposed to fix the testing problems that in the past allowed manufacturers to cheat EU emissions targets. But Commission documents indicate the industry is manipulating the new test results to inflate the CO2/fuel economy results of its vehicles. This will reduce the stringency of the EU’s proposed 2025 CO2 targets by more than half.
A company that runs cruises through Arctic waters is coming under increased pressure to stop using a cheap-but-dirty fuel that is destroying the environment its passengers pay to see. Carnival Corporation’s customers and the general public are being asked to sign a petition at cleanupcarnival.com, setup by an international coalition of environmental groups.
The car industry is facing another case of technology not performing in real driving conditions – this time over tyre pressure monitoring. With a new laboratory test forcing carmakers to deal with more accurate emissions readings after years of tests that showed around 40% lower emissions than in real-world driving, devices that show whether a car’s tyres are dangerously underinflated have also been found to underperform, leading to increased danger and fuel consumption.
The EU climate commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete has contradicted his own Directorate’s assessment of the impact of reducing CO2 from new cars, by warning that an ambitious emissions target would lead to ‘job losses’ and ‘factory closures’. T&E says the commissioner’s comments are remarkable for being wrong, and based on unpublished studies by autoworker unions rather than the Commission’s own impact assessment. The Climate Commissioner’s proposal is also much less ambitious than many government ministers and MEPs are calling for.
City breaks are supposed to be refreshing. But tourists are being warned that spending a long weekend in Europe’s 10 most popular but polluted cities could have the same health impacts as smoking between one and four cigarettes.