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.
Secondo un recente studio, i veicoli elettrici possono far risparmiare a Francia, Italia, Spagna e Regno Unito fra i 500 milioni e 1,3 miliardi di euro all'anno ciascuno con il passaggio all'energia rinnovabile.  La ricarica intelligente - ricaricare le auto elettriche nel momento migliore della giornata per la rete elettrica - contribuirà a evitare picchi di domanda, con la possibilità di stoccare l'energia rinnovabile prodotta in eccesso. Per i ricercatori di Element Energy, ciò ridurrà la necessità di costruire altri impianti di accumulo e centrali elettriche.
Electric vehicles can save France, Italy, Spain, and the UK between €500 million and €1.3 billion each a year as they switch to renewable energy, a new study has found. Smart charging – or charging electric cars at the best time of day for the grid – will help avoid demand peaks and provide extra storage when there is renewable electricity oversupply. This will reduce the need to build additional grid storage and power plants, according to researchers Element Energy, which analysed electric vehicle uptake up to 2040.
A 4 anni dallo scandalo che ha coinvolto Volkswagen e altri marchi, la situazione è ben lontana dall’essere risolta. Sebbene la gravità delle emissioni fuori legge sia nota, gli stati europei procedono in ordine sparso. Le misure adottate restano inefficaci senza un sistema europeo per garantire i richiami.
Only 10 million of the 43 million highly-polluting diesel cars and vans that were caught  in the Dieselgate emissions scandal have been recalled since 2015. And although these measures only require the cheapest, least effective form of fixes – software recalls – they will not be completed for another two years, analysis of new EU data indicates. Transport & Environment (T&E), which analysed the data, said the European Commission and EU governments need to accelerate software updates across the whole Single Market but also combine these with more effective hardware retrofits where technically feasible.
Three years after Paris and over a year after agreeing a 2050 decarbonisation objective, European campaign groups Transport & Environment and Seas at Risk, leading members of the Clean Shipping Coalition, are appalled at the complete lack of ambition shown by the IMO this week.