Palm oil expansion is increasing deforestation, ravaging some of the planet’s remaining rainforests and our most precious wildlife.But we can change this! Click here to sign the petition.
Truck CO2 emissions should be reduced by 15% in 2025 and 30% in 2030, compared to 2019 levels, EU environment ministers have said. They agreed their joint position on the EU’s first ever truck CO2 reduction targets this week and will enter negotiations with the European Parliament and Commission in early 2019.
Carmakers will be required to reduce the carbon emissions of new cars they sell in Europe by 15% in 2025 and 37.5% in 2030. The CO2 reduction targets, based on 2021 levels, were agreed in the last round of talks between the Austrian Presidency, European Parliament and the European Commission this week after 27 hours of negotiations. T&E welcomed the deal, which will improve fuel economy for consumers, but it warned that the targets are well below what’s needed to meet the goals of the Paris climate agreement.
Europe’s climate strategy should include ending carbon emissions from transport by 2050, the European Commission has said. In a draft long-term plan published last month, the Commission outlined eight emissions reduction scenarios for Europe but came out in favour of reaching net emissions. It came as European governments signed off on a global agreement on the rules needed to avoid 1.5 warming in 2050 and catastrophic climate change.
More than 320,000 citizens have added their voices to the campaign to stop subsidising the use of palm-oil biodiesel in Europe’s cars and trucks. The #NotInMyTank petition calls on the European Commission to ensure the phase-out of biodiesel made from palm oil – as it is required to do under the recently revised Renewable Energy Directive.
MEPs have given a thumbs-up to spending €10 billion of the EU’s transport infrastructure budget on smart, sustainable and safe transport projects like re-charging stations and railway signaling upgrades. T&E said that guaranteeing this funding for the period 2021-2027 – as part of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) – is crucial if Europe is to meet its climate targets.
The shift to electric cars could create more than twice as many new jobs as the number that will be lost by the demise of the internal combustion engine. That is the main finding of a study by the European Association of Electrical Contractors (AIE) into the employment impact of a move to e-vehicles. The main beneficiaries will be people working for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
Taxing flights rather than tickets is a more effective way of addressing the growing environmental impact of air transport. That is the conclusion of a study commissioned by T&E into the under-taxation of aviation and the legal obstacles facing efforts to charge for the environmental costs of flights.
Measures to protect vulnerable road users from being hit by heavy goods vehicles moved a step closer last month when ministers approved stricter rules on visibility from truck cabs. T&E described it as ‘huge progress towards ending many unnecessary deaths’. The legislation will also mean that new cars will need to be fitted with automatic emergency braking systems and systems that warn the driver when they’re exceeding the speed limit.
Decarbonising Europe’s ships will be much easier by making them battery-powered or based on hydrogen than by using synthetic hydrocarbon fuels, a T&E study has found. The report on reducing shipping’s climate impact says powering ships with batteries, hydrogen or ammonia will need only half the renewable electricity compared with using synthetic methane or synthetic diesel. In a separate development, the European Commission has published the EU’s decarbonisation strategy, which acknowledges the potential of electrification for short-sea journeys.