The number of electric car models on the UK market could more than triple within the next three years, new analysis shows. After several years of timid growth, carmakers will be offering 214 electric models across Europe in 2021 – up from the 60 available, officially at least, at the end of 2018. Transport & Environment (T&E), which publishes the analysis today using data from authoritative industry source IHS Markit, said it is clear the shift to electric cars is underway. However, in the UK the supply of electric cars may be a trickle compared to those in Europe while production of electric models could fall behind European competitors.
The number of electric car models on the European market will more than triple within the next three years, new analysis shows. After several years of timid growth, EU carmakers will be offering 214 electric models in 2021 – up from the 60 available at the end of 2018. Transport & Environment (T&E), which publishes the analysis today using data from authoritative industry source IHS Markit, said it is clear most manufacturers are ready to embrace electrification, but governments must ensure drivers have the right tax incentives and charging infrastructure to move away from diesel and petrol fast.
Statement for immediate release Reaction to election of new European Commission presidentThe European federation of green transport NGOs, Transport & Environment (T&E), congratulates Ursula von der Leyen on her election as the EU’s first female Commission president.
Almost a quarter of the EU airports served by Ryanair are likely to be loss-making and propped up by taxpayers’ money which is used to subsidise airlines’ rapidly growing emissions, a new analysis finds. The report concludes that 52 of the low-cost carrier’s 214 airports are either documented to be receiving subsidies (35) or have fewer than 500,000 passengers a year (17) – a conservative estimate of the threshold for profitability. Transport & Environment (T&E) said the European Commission should end state aid for loss-making airports in its upcoming review of state aid, like it did for coal mines earlier this decade.
10 raccomandazioni minime prioritarie (e non esaustive) per il ettore trasporti nel Piano Nazionale Energia e Clima 2030 (PNIEC2030)Gli obiettivi del Piano Energia e Clima 2030 sono insufficienti per la decarbonizzazione del settore trasporti: Legambiente, WWF Italia, Greenpeace Italia, Kyoto Club, Cittadini per l’Aria e Transport & Environment hanno inviato al Governo un documento dove chiedono target più ambiziosi.
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 and animal feed 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.