Despite being in need of reform, the EU’s aviation ETS is functioning, is being complied with, and has the potential to deliver real emissions reductions, a new analysis shows. Its key design features – emissions allowances instead of offsets, being binding instead of voluntary, and full instead of partial coverage of emissions – are all superior to the draft global deal under negotiation at the UN’s aviation agency ICAO. Europe is under pressure to dismantle its regional measure even though discussions on a global measure at ICAO remain fractious.
As Dieselgate turns one year old, a new study by Transport & Environment (T&E) reveals that Volkswagen is currently selling the least polluting (Euro 6) diesel vehicles. Nonetheless, the marque caught cheating in the US also has the most grossly polluting Euro 5 vehicles on the road, which were sold between 2011 and 2015. The better performance of Volkswagen Euro 6 cars has nothing to do with the Dieselgate, but with better technology choices made before the scandal burst. The report Dieselgate: Who? What? How? also found that not one single brand complies with the latest air pollution limits (‘Euro 6’) for diesel cars and vans in real-world driving.
MEPs have called on the European Commission to table an ambitious proposal to reduce carbon emissions from trucks as soon as possible. A cross-party group of MEPs led by Karima Delli joined the call during the #InconvenientTruck event at the Strasbourg Parliament. (See here event photos with the MEPs.)
Merauke, Papua, Indonesia (1 September, 2016) -- A groundbreaking new investigation of the palm oil industry was released today by the new environmental organization Mighty, the Korean Federation for Environmental Movements (KFEM), the Indonesian humanitarian organizations SKP-KAMe Merauke and PUSAKA, Rainforest Foundation Norway and Transport & Environment. It reveals new satellite, photographic, and video evidence of massive deforestation and illegal burning of pristine rainforest by the Korean-Indonesian corporation Korindo, to support establishment of its palm oil plantations on the Indonesian provinces of Papua and North Maluku.
Europe should trust its democratic processes in scrutinising the proposed Canada trade deal (CETA) and not try to scare governments and the European and national Parliaments into ratifying the EU agreement. That was the message of civil society groups in a letter to the European Commission’s director-general for trade, Jean-Luc Demarty, after he said the bloc’s trade policy will be “close to death” if it cannot ratify the deal.
The Financial Times today on its front page [paywall] reported that the French government investigation into Dieselgate omitted crucial details about how Renault's diesel cars were able to emit much more harmful emissions on the road than in the lab. Allegedly, the state inquiry, known as Commission Royal after the minister in charge of the investigation Ségolène Royal, did not disclose the full results of studies analysing the enormous gap between real-world performance and lab test results of certain models including the Renault Captur.
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today published the second phase of greenhouse gas standards for the trucking sector, which will enable America to have the cleanest and most fuel-efficient trucks in the world. Europe’s sustainable transport group, Transport & Environment (T&E), welcomed the standard and urged European regulators to, having already sent the right signal, now step up their game and propose EU fuel efficiency targets for trucks now.
The call by the French commission investigating Dieselgate to strengthen the systems for approving cars has been welcomed by Transport & Environment, but the organisation said this will only have an effect on new models many years from now. We have an air pollution crisis killing hundreds of thousands of people each year in Europe’s cities and we need action today, the sustainable transport group said.
Some delivery trucks have blind spots up to 1.9 metres even though the best in their class have virtually none and could save hundreds of pedestrian and cyclists’ lives , according to the latest study by the Loughborough Design School. It finds huge differences in the direct vision – what drivers can see with their own eyes – of best and worst-in-class trucks in all categories, and that ‘low-entry cabs’ like the Mercedes Econic out perform all of today’s best performing vehicles.
Today’s finding by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that it will regulate US greenhouse gas emissions from aircraft is an opportunity for bilateral action between America and the EU to reduce aviation’s growing climate impact, Transport & Environment has said. The Brussels-based sustainable transport group welcomed the EPA’s decision to set a CO2 standard that is “at least” equivalent to the one agreed at UN-level.