European car manufacturers will soon be selling dirtier diesel cars in their home market than they export to the United States if the European Commission’s proposed 'EURO 5' emissions standards are approved.
T&E regrets today’s European Parliament vote on rules that govern lorry tolls because Member States will be prevented from including environmental and health costs for several years. T&E now urges Member States to introduce tolls that take advantage of the limited environmental benefits that the new rules could bring, now that some of the worst restrictions of the current scheme will be lifted.
The Green 10 group of environmental NGOs has written to the permanent representatives of EU member states urging them to maintain environmental priorities during negotiations over the next EU budget.
The CARS 21 'high-level group' of car industry executives and European Commission officials has failed on its promise to deliver a “clean” and “lean” strategy for new cars, says the European Federation for Transport and Environment (T&E). The ten-year road map for European car regulation published in today's final report contains no new policies to combat rising overall emissions and several existing policies are set to be weakened.
Jos Dings, Director of T&E writes in today's Financial Times:
It should not only be the green movement that is "angered by the likelihood that the motor industry will miss its 2008 target for carbon reduction". Car drivers, politicians and supporters of Europe's technology sector should also be worried.
Today's commercial passenger planes are no more fuel-efficient than their equivalents of fifty years ago and aviation industry claims of a 70% improvement in fuel-efficiency are false. These are the main conclusions of a report by the Dutch National Aerospace Laboratory (NLR) published today by the European Federation for Transport and Environment (T&E) and released on this year’s environment-themed International Civil Aviation Day.
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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).