Brussels - A coalition of industry, NGOs, consumer groups and cities are calling on the European Commission to urgently bring forward new minimum safety standards for new cars, vans and trucks, after years of delays. The European Commission is expected to announce a new package of transport legislation next week, the groups are calling for an announcement on updates to vehicle safety regulations to be included.
More than one-and-a-half years after the dieselgate scandal erupted the number of dirty diesels poisoning the air Europeans breathe keeps growing. New T&E research shows that there are 35 million of these diesel cars and vans driving on Europe’s roads today, six million more than in 2015. These Euro 5 and 6 diesel cars and vans were sold in Europe between 2011 and 2016 and exceed the nitrogen oxides (NOx) limits by at least three times (1).
Truck manufacturers will be obliged to measure their fuel consumption with the VECTO test procedure from 2019 onwards. Agreed today by the European Commission and Member States, this tool is designed to make the fuel consumption and CO2 emissions from new heavy-goods vehicles available for truck buyers.
There is no evidence that reducing emissions in agriculture is more difficult or less cost effective than in other sectors, a new independent study has found. In fact, there is significant untapped potential to reduce farming’s climate emissions, the Institute for European Environmental Policy said. Tomorrow MEPs will vote on expanding the use of controversial forestry credits and other loopholes to help sectors such as agriculture and transport meet their climate targets under the EU’s draft Effort Sharing Regulation. 
Governments from major carmaking countries – notably Germany, Italy and Spain – are holding back efforts to strengthen the system of testing and approving vehicles that has allowed millions of air-polluting cars on Europe’s roads, according to official documents and informal minutes seen by Transport & Environment (T&E). The three governments oppose new checks by the European Commission to confirm that cars, once sold, continue to produce acceptable levels of emissions.
The European Commission published a damning study of carbon offsets, finding that 85% of the offset projects under the UN’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) to date failed in the objective of reducing emissions. Transport & Environment (T&E) said the aviation sector runs the risk of repeating these mistakes in the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO) global scheme to offset aircraft emissions. The sustainable transport NGO called for strict rules to be put in place, and for the EU not to rely exclusively on this offsetting deal to address aircraft emissions.
MEPs today missed an opportunity to ensure a Dieselgate scandal can never happen again by rejecting an EU testing regulator, sustainable transport NGO Transport & Environment (T&E) has said. The European Parliament’s plenary voted against establishing an EU Vehicle Surveillance Agency which would have ended the current discredited system in which national regulators have been captured by their carmaker clients. Parliament did, however, support a raft of proposals to further strengthen the European Commission's strong original proposal.
The European Parliament today urged the European Commission to phase out the use of vegetable oils for biofuels, preferably by 2020. Groups across the political spectrum supported the resolution calling for an end to incentives for biofuels that cause deforestation and peatland drainage, such as palm oil, soy and rapeseed. The resolution, on an own-initiative report on palm oil and deforestation, was adopted by a large majority and sends a clear signal that the parliament wants a quick phase-out of crop-based biofuel in the proposed new Renewable Energy Directive (RED).
The European Commission is overestimating the share of renewable energy that will be filled by bioenergy in 2030 while underestimating a significant drop in the cost of renewables such as wind and solar energy, a new independent study has found. As the Commission used old data, higher ambition on renewables appears to be more expensive than it actually is, warned NGOs Transport & Environment (T&E) and Birdlife Europe, which commissioned the study. Unless this is corrected, lawmakers might end up being less ambitious about mandating the uptake of renewable energy or being overly optimistic about mandating the use of bioenergy.
Europe’s key industry players and NGOs push Member States to show more urgency and publish their plans for crucial e-mobility infrastructure.