The EU Civil Society Contact Group, which includes the Green 10 group of environmental NGOs, has published its response to the European Transparency Initiative consultation launched by Commissioner Siim Kallas earlier this year. Download parts 1, 2 and 3.
An official monitoring report to be published tomorrow (Tuesday 29 August) by the European Commission says that carmakers must "substantially increase their efforts" in reducing carbon dioxide emissions from new vehicles or they could face legislative measures.
From 16 to 22 September, hundreds of European cities will be participating in European Mobility Week. Climate Change is the theme of this year's event, reflecting the growing impact of greenhouse gas emissions from transport. For full details of activities in your region, visit the official website.
T&E Director Jos Dings writes in this week's European Voice: T&E does not believe that the 1999 UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) study on aviation and the global atmosphere is misleading ('No taxes, no emission reduction targets', 13-19 July) as your report suggested.
The European Commission should urgently set up a system of safeguards and a certification process to ensure biofuels used in Europe meet high environmental standards according to three environmental groups.
European Parliament to vote on emissions trading for aviation sector, 4 July
Emissions from aviation in Europe continue to rise, a new report shows. Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from international flights departing from EU airports increased by 7.5% in 2004. The overall increase between 1990 and 2004 now stands at 86%, an average increase of 4.5% per year.
The European Commission has today published a new transport strategy paper that ignores the specific objectives and targets to protect health and the environment from the negative impacts of transport agreed by EU leaders last Friday says T&E, the European sustainable transport citizens organisation.
On Friday June 16, T&E wrote again to President Barosso regarding the Common Transport Policy midterm review. "Today, European leaders backed the EU’s revised Sustainable Development Strategy (SDS) at their meeting in Brussels. Next week the Commission is set to publish its midterm review of the Common Transport Policy (CTP). But judging by the latest draft of the CTP review, which we have seen, the Commission has manifestly failed to consider the former when preparing the latter. That a major statement of European transport policy by the Commission should totally ignore the clearly-stated demands of European leaders is as bizarre as it is wrong..."
Download the full letter.
The Green 10 group of environmental NGOs have written to EU Heads of State and Heads of Government urging them to adopt the revised Sustainable Development Strategy at the European Council on 15-16 June. Download the full letter sent on Friday 9 June 2006.
On the eve of a key meeting of European energy ministers to discuss the EU’s biofuels strategy, three of Europe’s leading environmental organisations have warned that EU policies promoting biofuels may cause more environmental damage than the conventional fuels they are designed to replace if important environmental safeguards are not put in place.