Publications - year 2015

  • Letter to UN on aviation and shipping emissions in the draft Paris Agreement Submitted on: Friday, October 16, 2015 - 18:59
    In this letter, the Clean Shipping Coalition and the International Coalition for Sustainable Aviation highlight the absence of emissions from international aviation and shipping from the draft Paris COP21 agreement. They call on the UN leadership to act immediately with Parties to the UNFCCC to ensure that the language in previous drafts on aviation and shipping emissions is reinstated - these sectors must adopt credible targets and measures. International aviation and shipping emissions are growing rapidly, and their exclusion will critically undermine efforts to limit a temperature increase to 1.5/2 degrees. For more information, see T&E's Road to Paris webpage.
    Related topics: AviationClimate Change and EnergyShippingStandards Learn more
  • Europe's tax deals for diesel Submitted on: Friday, October 23, 2015 - 15:48

    The gap between petrol and diesel taxes in Europe is quite unique in the world and is the main reason why diesel engines have taken off in Europe and not worldwide. This study, which can be downloaded below, analyses fuel price and tax trends since 1980 and adds a specific analysis of diesel tax paid by trucks. It finds that in 2014 the gap in tax levels for diesel and petrol paid by motorists was €0.14/l, which is 30% lower than petrol per unit of energy or tonne of CO2.

    Related topics: Air PollutionCarsClimate Change and EnergyFuelsT&E ReportPricing and taxation Learn more
  • Sustainable development and environment in TTIP Submitted on: Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 16:04

    Nearly three decades after they were first proposed, the pillars of sustainable development are still absent from the EU’s trade policy. Sustainable development is included in the EU’s trade strategies, negotiations and agreements — but in name only. The current approach still falls short of real commitment and ambition.

    Related topics: Air PollutionClimate Change and EnergyT&E ReportTradeStandards Learn more
  • Trade and energy – looking beyond hydrocarbons Submitted on: Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - 13:09

    The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a proposed free-trade agreement (FTA) between the European Union (EU) and the United States (US) that, if completed, would be the largest bilateral FTA in the world, and transform transatlantic commerce. Trade volumes between the EU and US are very high, energy remains an important exception, largely due to the US ban or limit on crude oil and liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports. Unsurprisingly the focus of EU negotiators is to end these limitations, but if the hope of cheap energy is one side of the coin, there is another: cheaper fossil energy means higher carbon emissions from increased consumption while crowding out renewable sources, all of which runs counter to the EU’s ‘40/27/27’ climate and energy targets for 2030.

    Related topics: Climate Change and EnergyFuelsT&E ReportTradeStandards Learn more
  • COP21: Shipping and aviation emissions are the elephants in the room Submitted on: Friday, November 27, 2015 - 13:31

    Aviation emissions are responsible for 5% of global warming and shipping makes up almost 3% of global CO2. These sectors have a CO2 impact equal to the UK and Germany and are continuing to grow rapidly – by up to 270% in 2050, by which time they could account for almost 40% of all emissions [1]. Such emission growth will undermine reductions efforts by all countries and other sectors, effectively making the 1.5/2°C objective impossible to achieve.

    Related topics: AviationBriefingClimate Change and EnergyShippingPricing and taxationStandards Learn more


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