Europeans are increasingly eating less and less palm oil and instead are inadvertently burning more and more in cars and trucks. Last year 65% of all the palm oil imported into the EU was used for energy. 53% of all palm imports was used to make biodiesel for cars and trucks - an all-time high - and 12% to generate electricity and heating - another record. Palm oil used for biodiesel grew again in 2018 - by 3% - while the use of palm oil to make food dropped significantly, by 11%.
The European Court of Justice (CJEU) today ruled that citizens have the right to challenge the air pollution monitoring systems in their cities and that the competent courts (in this case the Brussels court) must enforce EU rules to make sure monitoring stations are located where the highest concentrations of air pollution occur. Average values across a whole zone or city are insufficient as they may underestimate the actual exposure to polluted air.
Official new data from the EU’s environmental watchdog (EEA) shows that the CO2 emissions of new cars increased by 1.6% in 2018 to 120.4 grams of CO2 per km. While the lack of progress in real-world emissions and fuel efficiency was known for years,  now even the optimised and unrealistic lab test tests can no longer hide the problem. For the first time, CO2 emissions from vans also rose, by 1.2%.
The Netherlands and Sweden’s calls for bilateral or multilateral agreements between EU countries to be a way forward to tax aviation fuel have been welcomed by sustainable transport group Transport & Environment (T&E). Sweden’s finance minister Magdalena Andersson was speaking at a high-level conference in the Hague where European officials and the IMF, World Bank and OECD joined the chorus of those already calling for aviation pollution to be priced equally with other transport modes.
Today’s conference of EU finance ministers and officials in the Hague to discuss ways to tax aviation and address its climate impact is a long overdue and welcome development, NGOs Transport & Environment (T&E) and Natuur & Milieu have said. Taxing aviation fuel within Europe is possible, so EU governments must not get bogged down in seeking unanimity for an EU tax but instead work bilaterally to tax airlines. Unlike road transport, airlines have never paid a single cent of excise duty on the fuel they take on at EU airports.
The European Commission today let EU governments off the hook over their failure to address emissions from Europe’s biggest climate problem, transport. The Commission’s assessment of countries’ draft national energy and climate plans gave no recommendations for each country’s transport sector. A climate ranking published last week shows that governments’ plans to cut pollution from transport will fail to meet their own 2030 emissions targets and, more importantly, the goal of decarbonising by 2050 at the latest.
In a much needed attempt to stop greenwashing, genuine mistakes and inconsistencies in the financial sector’s investment criteria, the European Commission’s expert group on sustainable finance today published a draft list of projects that can be deemed ‘green and climate proof’. The list could become the gold standard for sustainable finance, mobilising billions for the clean transport transition. The European federation of green NGOs, Transport & Environment (T&E), welcomes this attempt to guide investors willing to invest in projects in line with net zero emissions by 2050.
Una nuova analisi sull'ambizione climatica dei governi dell'UE, incentrata sugli obiettivi di riduzione delle emissioni dei trasporti (il settore con le maggiori emissioni di CO2 nell'UE) mostra che la maggior parte degli stati membri non riuscirà a raggiungere i propri obiettivi di riduzione al 2030. Solo i primi 3, Paesi Bassi, Regno Unito e Spagna, hanno ottenuto un punteggio superiore al 50% nella classifica dei piani nazionali energia e clima elaborata da Transport & Environment che ha analizzato tutte le proposte di ogni Paese per i Piani Nazionali di Energia e Clima.
A new climate ranking shows that EU governments’ plans to cut pollution from transport, Europe’s biggest emitter, will fail to meet their own 2030 emissions targets. Only the top 3, the Netherlands, the UK and Spain, scored above 50% in the ranking of draft national energy and climate plans compiled by Transport & Environment (T&E). Europe’s largest economy, Germany, is 15th, setting itself up to pay billions of euro to other countries for missing the EU’s 2030 emissions goals. All countries need to implement far more effective policies to reduce transport emissions than have been proposed to date.
Carnival Corporation, the world’s largest luxury cruise operator, emitted nearly 10 times more sulphur oxide (SOX) around European coasts than did all 260 million European cars in 2017, a new analysis by sustainable transport group Transport & Environment reveals. Royal Caribbean Cruises, the world’s second largest, is second, yet four times worse than the European car fleet. SOX emissions form sulphate (SO4) aerosols that increase human health risks and contribute to acidification in terrestrial and aquatic environments.