Europe's proposed CO2 emissions standards for new cars are a pat on the back for SUV makers and a setback for Europe's low carbon future according to T&E.
French, Italian and Japanese carmakers extended their lead over German rivals last year in the race to deliver fuel efficient and low emission vehicles according to new figures published today by Transport and Environment (T&E), the sustainable transport campaign group.
The European Parliament has strengthened an EU plan to cut aviation emissions but the changes do not go far enough to address the rapidly growing climate impact of the sector according to T&E.
Hopes of achieving a step change in the fuel efficiency of Europe's cars have been hampered today by a vote in the European Parliament according to T&E.
Hopes of curtailing the rapid growth of greenhouse gas emissions from the aviation sector have been hampered by the European Parliament's environment committee, say environmental groups Transport & Environment, WWF, Friends of the Earth and Climate Action Network.
The EU will press ahead with plans to integrate aviation into its emissions trading system despite a major rift within the UN body responsible for the sector.
European citizens can email their MEPs directly to call for action on transport and climate change thanks to a new website created by Friends of the Earth.
For ten years, the UN body responsible for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from international aviation has failed in its duty to limit the impact of flights on climate change and now threatens EU plans for aviation emissions trading, according to a new report published today by T&E.
European carmakers are failing to deliver the lower carbon emissions they pledged to the European Commission in 1998 (1), with emission rates from new cars down by just 0.2% last year, the worst performance on record.
Current proposals to include aviation in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme will have very little impact on aviation's contribution to climate change, a new report by leading climate scientists warns today.
Read the Friends of the Earth press release.