Today’s decision to take six EU countries to court for failing to tackle repeated breaches of air quality limits is a long-overdue and welcome step, sustainable transport group Transport & Environment (T&E) had said. Germany, France and the UK for years allowed breaches of limits on toxic NO2 emissions while Italy, Romania and Hungary failed to tackle harmful and illegal levels of particulates (PM10). Separately, additional warnings were issued to Germany, the UK, Italy and Luxembourg for failing to take action against the millions of diesel cars with illegal defeat devices that allegedly cheated emissions tests.
A group of leading utilities, investors and NGOs have called on President Juncker to invest more money in zero-emission mobility and power generation when allocating the EU budget after 2020. Aviva Investors, 2 Degrees Investing, Eurelectric, Ocean Energy Europe, Mirova Investing, among others, demand future EU investment be focused on decarbonising the transport sector.
The EU has rowed back on plans to allow all third parties to test vehicles’ on-road air pollution after they have been sold. While green transport group Transport & Environment (T&E) welcomes the agreement  reached today by EU governments and the European Commission, it regrets that the final agreement no longer allows third parties other than technical labs to perform real-driving emissions tests and trigger action against poisonous NOx from cars. It was an independent test in the US that lead to the exposure of the Dieselgate scandal.
Provisional data for European new car carbon emissions in 2017 published today shows the small but expected rise in new car CO2 emissions of 0.4g/km is due to the strong growth in sales of crossover and SUV models - mainly diesel powered. According to the European Environment Agency, the average CO2 emissions from diesel cars rose from 116.8g/km in 2016 to 117.9g/km in 2017, while CO2 emissions from petrol cars remained flat (-0.1g/km).
In einer bislang beispiellosen Initiative haben 35 führende Handelsunternehmen, Logistiker und Spediteure die Europäische Kommission unter Jean-Claude Juncker dazu aufgerufen, die CO2-Emissionen neuer Lkw um fast ein Viertel zu reduzieren. Juncker sei nun gefragt, sein Versprechen  einlösen, um Europas Vorreiterrolle beim Kampf gegen den Klimawandel zu sichern. Mit einer verbindlich festgeschriebenen Reduzierung der CO2-Emissionen um 24 % bis 2025 würde der für Mai geplante Kommissionsvorschlag für CO2-Grenzwerte für Lkw gleich einen doppelten Effekt haben: Er würde die Branche dabei unterstützen, ihre Klimaziele zu erreichen, und den Unternehmen gleichzeitig Einsparungen von 7.700 € pro Jahr und Fahrzeug ermöglichen. Dies geht aus einem Brief hervor, den neben DB Schenker, Hermes Germany, IKEA, Tchibo auch mittelständische Spediteure und Verbände des Transportgewerbes unterschrieben haben.
Jean-Claude Juncker’s European Commission should set a target of reducing truck emissions by almost a quarter if he wants to deliver on his pledge  of Europe remaining the leader in the fight against climate change, 41 major global brands, transport companies and hauliers associations have told the EU leader. A mandated 24% cut in CO2 by 2025 in the Commission’s truck CO2 proposal next month would help the sector meet its climate goals and save businesses €7,700 per year, per truck, according to a letter signed by Carrefour, IKEA, Unilever, Heineken, Nestlé, Geodis, national transport associations and other big players in an unprecedented joint call by companies and truckers.
Statement from Clean Shipping CoalitionToday’s commitment by governments to require international shipping to decarbonise and at least halve its greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 is a welcome and potentially game changing development, the Clean Shipping Coalition (CSC) has said. But the lack of any clear plan of action to deliver the emissions reductions, including urgently needed short-term measures, is a major concern, according to the group of NGOs with observer status at the UN’s International Maritime Organisation (IMO).
Carmakers are holding back sales of both electric cars and more fuel-efficient upgrades of their best selling models in Europe, new research shows. Almost all manufacturers will comply with the EU’s 2021 CO2 emissions reduction targets through a combination of selling more fuel-efficient and plug-in models and exploiting flexibilities in the regulation, green transport group Transport & Environment’s report, CO2 emissions from cars: The facts, finds. Only six of the top 50 selling models in Europe received a full model upgrade in 2017 and very few new plug-in cars were made available – undoubtedly contributing to the lack of progress in reducing car CO2 emissions last year.
The Dutch government is withholding documents that are important for the future of international aviation. Natuur & Milieu went to court in December to demand that the government make these documents public. The hearing is tomorrow, Tuesday (10 April). The documents contain, amongst other details, calculation methods and climate analyses. These form the basis for, among other policies, the new CO2 emission standards for airplanes.
The first difficult week of talks on an interim greenhouse gas strategy for shipping saw little progress towards a final outcome with some deep divisions and much work remaining, sustainable transport group Transport & Environment (T&E) has said. EU states and a ‘high ambition’ coalition called for countries meeting at the International Maritime Organisation to agree emissions reduction targets that are compatible with the Paris agreement. But progress was blocked by a vocal minority composed of developing and flag states.