The European Parliament has called for legally-binding targets for average CO2 emissions from new cars of 80-100g/km in the 'medium term'. The Parliament has also recognised that the existing voluntary agreement between car makers and the European Commission is unlikely to meet its target of average 140g/km by 2009.
T&E welcomes last night’s European Parliament Transport Committee vote on rules that govern lorry tolls but expresses disappointment that inclusion of environmental and health costs could be delayed until 2011.
The European Environment Bureau (EEB) and T&E have written to EU Environment Ministers ahead of their November meeting. On the subject of Aviation and Climate Change, the groups call for additional measures alongside the proposed inclusion of aviation into the European Emissions Trading System (EU-ETS).
New financing rules for Trans-European Transport Networks (TEN-Ts), approved yesterday by the European Parliament, will cause billions of Euros to be spent on transport infrastructure projects regardless of economic feasibility or environmental impact according to CEE Bankwatch, Friends of the Earth Europe and Transport and Environment (T&E).
Jos Dings, Director of T&E writes in this week's European Voice: The EU-US aviation agreement has been under discussion once again. But an important issue has been conspicuous by its absence from the debate; namely the need to remove a standard clause found in existing bilateral agreements which effectively rules out taxation on aviation fuel.
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The European Commissioners are due to discuss the communication ‘Reducing the climate change impact of aviation’ at their meeting in Strasbourg this Tuesday (27 September). The Communication is expected to propose the inclusion of CO2 emissions from European flights into the EU Emission Trading System (EU ETS).
The European Commission has launched a public consultation on managing capacity at European airports. The deadline for submissions is 15 November. More information can be found on the Commission website.
European citizens, nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) and the aviation industry support action to limit the aviation sector’s rapidly-growing impact on climate change, according to the results of a public Internet consultation conducted by the European Commission.
The European Commission has announced a public internet consultation on the urban environment. Interested groups and citizens are invited to give their views on issues including urban air pollution, traffic congestion and noise and greenhouse gas emissions from transport. The deadline is 21 September 2005. See the Commission website for further information.