An advertising campaign launched today by T&E highlights the failure by most major car brands to cut CO2 emissions from new vehicles at the rate needed to meet the target of a commitment they made to the EU in 1998.
Three-quarters of the 20 major car brands sold in Europe last year have failed to improve fuel efficiency at the rate needed to meet a key EU climate target, new figures show. Volkswagen, Europe’s biggest car brand in terms of sales, has improved fuel efficiency at less than half the rate needed. In contrast, Renault, Europe’s second biggest brand and a direct competitor of VW, is on track to meet the target for the average new car sold to emit 140 grams of carbon dioxide (CO2) per kilometre by 2008. Renault reduced its emissions by twice as much as VW.
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Mercedes-Benz has this week launched its E320 BlueTec model for sale in America. The car is the first of a new-generation of diesels that meet strict new American emissions standards and would also meet proposed European emissions standards that the European Parliament has said shouldn’t come into force before 2015.
The Green 10 group of environmental NGOs have called on Commission President José Manuel Barroso to commit to publishing the European Energy Efficiency Action Plan in the coming weeks following his apparent intervention this week to postpone its launch (see Euractiv). Download the Green 10 letter.
Today, nine former EU Environment Ministers appealed to Commission President José Manuel Barroso to respect a target they set ten years ago for carbon dioxide emissions from new cars. The ministers urged Barroso 'to do what is necessary to ensure that carmakers and importers of Europe reach the 120g CO2/km target by 2010'.
In the September edition of Public Service Review - European Union, Jos Dings argues that the EU's revised Common Transport Policy doesn’t go far enough to secure sustainable transport across the continent. Read the full article.
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.