Get Edinburgh Moving today (Tuesday 22nd) expressed their disappointment with the 'no' vote in the Edinburgh road pricing referendum - and set out what now needs to happen to tackle pollution in Edinburgh.
European finance ministers met today at the Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN) in Brussels. French and German proposals for introducing a European aviation fuel tax were discussed but no agreement was reached.
European finance ministers are due to meet tomorrow (Thursday 17/2) at the Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN) in Brussels. Proposals for introducing a European aviation fuel tax will be discussed. Today, the European Federation for Transport and Environment (T&E) presents ten key reasons why such a measure would benefit European citizens.
The Green 9 welcomes the ambitions expressed in the European Commission’s interim report on the implementation of the EU Sustainable Development Strategy today.
The Green 9 group of European environmental non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have called on the EU to put environmental considerations at the heart of new EU spending plans. The statement was issued to MEPs yesterday, on the eve of discussions in both the European Parliament's Environment Committee and the Temporary Committee on Financial Perspectives.
On the eve of President Jose Manuel Barroso presenting the European Commission’s work programme for the coming five years, the Green 9 group of environmental organisations issued a 'to do' list with 10 key ideas for improving sustainability and quality of life.
The European Federation for Transport and Environment (T&E) today released a report showing that the car industry’s voluntary agreement with the EU to cut average CO2 emissions from passenger cars is failing to deliver. The report says that the 140g/km target set for 2008 can only be reached if the industry now makes unprecedented emissions cuts. It concludes that EU legislation is now needed to create both legally-binding limits as well as incentives to encourage innovation in low-emissions technology and to boost the market for cars that pollute less.
At a press conference held today, Günter Verheugen, Vice-President of the Commission, and Bernd Pischetsrieder, President of ACEA (European Automobile Manufacturers Association), launched a new initiative to boost the competitiveness of the European car industry. A high level group called “CARS 21” will be set up.
In today's Financial Times, T&E Director Jos Dings argues that airlines are wrong to say emissions trading is the only way to combat the impact of aviation on the environment. He also accuses the industry of underestimating the climate impact of global aviation.
In today's Financial Times, T&E calls on the global aviation industry to stop its 'continued stream of apocalyptic warnings' about the impact of oil price rises on airlines and to rethink its attitude to environmental policies. Click 'read more' to read the letter.