The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has told the EU to bring forward the deadline for trucks to comply with life-saving ‘direct vision’ standards. In a letter to Industry Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska obtained by Transport & Environment (T&E), Khan welcomes her proposal to define the area surrounding a truck cab that the driver must be able to see without using mirrors or cameras, but says “we need to move quicker” on its implementation.
Today’s Court of Auditors report on air pollution shows that the EU is failing to protect its citizens’ health, sustainable transport group Transport & Environment (T&E) has said. The standards set by the EU’s Ambient Air Quality Directive are actually weaker than the WHO guidelines, the report finds.
The European Parliament's environment committee today signalled the Parliament's support for ambitious CO2 standards for new cars and vans in 2030 and comprehensively rejected the Commission’s inadequate proposal just a month before the full Parliament votes. European NGO federation Transport & Environment (T&E) welcomes the vote as a step towards a more rapid transition to electric vehicles, but warns that the renewed ambition falls short of what is needed to meet Europe’s Paris climate commitments.
Despite the perception that public recharging is a major barrier to the mass uptake of electric vehicles (EV), public chargers are only used for about 5% of charging events, including on-street city charging, car parks and fast charging along road corridors. The data compiled in various studies to date shows that the vast majority of EV charging happens at home or work and it is a lack of choice and availability of electric cars that is the principal barrier.
The European trucking sector is at a crossroads and must make a choice between emissions climbing 10% over the next decade or taking a pathway towards lower CO2 emissions, stronger economic growth for Europe and better energy security. A pathway towards zero carbon road freight would cut oil imports by 1bn barrels of oil equivalent by 2030, would strengthen GDP and would create around 120,000 net additional jobs across the economy.
The real cost of carmakers gaming fuel efficiency tests is now revealed: the additional fuel burned because of widespread industry manipulation has cost drivers an extra €149.6 billion for the past 18 years (2000-2017) . In 2017 alone, this superfluous waste of Europeans’ money was €23.4 billion, which is slightly more than all Swedes spent on food last year . Since 2000 the manipulation of CO2 tests has produced an additional 264 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent, slightly more than the annual CO2 emissions of the Netherlands.
Tyre pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) are still not compulsory for all vehicles on the road, but a new study finds that cars with the systems fitted are far safer than those without. Vehicles fitted with some form of TPMS are safer according to a new study by Dekra, an independent certification agency. The European Parliament and governments are currently discussing a proposal to extend the requirement for TPMS to all cars, vans, buses, and trucks sold in the EU.
European Commission scientists have uncovered evidence of carmakers manipulating the results of a new test for CO2 emissions, documents obtained by Transport & Environment show. Less than three years after the Dieselgate NOx emissions scandal, the car industry is now inflating its CO2/fuel economy results, which could reduce the stringency of its 2025 CO2 targets by more than half.  In this way they will be able to sell fewer electric cars and more diesel vehicles while still hitting their targets.
MEPs of the European Parliament's transport committee today voted in favour of a non-binding opinion supporting the weak Commission proposal on emissions cuts from new cars and vans. The industry committee of the Parliament failed to reach an agreement on their opinion. NGO Transport & Environment (T&E) regrets the votes as the Commission proposal will undermine Europe’s chances to meet Paris climate goals and deteriorate the competitiveness of the auto industry.
As Carnival Corporation’s first ships of the season arrive in the Arctic, an international coalition of environmental groups has joined together to call on the cruise giant to stop using one of the world’s cheapest and dirtiest fossil fuels — heavy fuel oil — on ships traveling in fragile Arctic and sub-Arctic waters. The petition is at cleanupcarnival.com and will be delivered to Carnival Corporation CEO Arnold Donald at the company’s headquarters.