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.
The Green9 group of environmental groups today wrote to incoming Commission President Barroso urging his Commission to adopt 'progressive environmental, social and external policies'. Download the letter in full.
During a discussion on Sustainable Road Transport at last week's Environment Council meeting in Luxembourg, Ministers appeared to offer broad support for cleaner vehicles. The Dutch Presidency was effectively 'testing the water' on the subject - the real debate will come when the Commission issues concrete proposals. T&E, along with the European Environment Bureau (EEB), issued a position paper before the meeting advocating stricter targets for the sector. The two organisations welcomed the broad support for such moves offered by several Ministers.
Yesterday’s Transport Council meeting in Luxembourg ended without agreement on a revised ‘Eurovignette’ Directive – the planned framework for charging Heavy Goods Vehicles for use of European roads. Click here for the full press release.
UK Prime Minister Tony Blair has apparently recognised the impact of aviation on climate change (BBC News 15-09-04). In today's Financial Times, Jos Dings challenges him to 'match words with deeds' regarding a proposed disastrous Resolution on the table for the forthcoming International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Assembly in Montreal (starting 28 September). For more information on the environmental threat posed by the Resolution, click here.
The EU Parliament today adopted a Resolution strongly rejecting U.S.-led moves to prevent ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organisation) member states from controlling greenhouse gas emissions from aviation. The Resolution was passed with a large majority.
From 16 to 22 September, cities and towns in more than 20 countries are organising European Mobility Week (EMW). More than 80 million citizens are able to take part in a range of activities dedicated to the promotion of sustainable mobility. This year's theme is 'Safe streets for Children', chosen to support the EU target to cut the death toll on European roads by 50% by 2010. European Mobility Week culminates with 'In town without my car!' day (Car Free Day) which falls on Wednesday 22 September.