This briefing assesses the new regulation proposal for emissions from non-road mobile machinery (NRMM), which includes small spark ignition engines for gardening equipment, very large diesel engines for mining activities, and rail and inland water engines. It is expected to replace a directive that is more than a decade old and makes modest progress in covering a wider range of engines types and in tackling the issue of particulates emissions.
Speech delivered by Jos Dings, T&E director, at the European Parliament Transport Committee’s hearing on the White Paper on Transport on 17 March 2015
Speech at European Parliament International Trade Committee hearing on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) on 18 March 2015 by T&E director Jos Dings
On 28 April 2015, the European Parliament was expected to adopt a final compromise for the reform of EU biofuels policy that would then be endorsed by the Council of the EU. This briefing outlines how, after several years of difficult discussions, this compromise lacks the necessary ambition to tackle properly the issue of indirect land-use change (ILUC).
However, it sets some key principles for the phase-out of first-generation biofuels, recognises the problem of ILUC emissions and introduces new measures for other alternatives such as advanced biofuels and renewable electricity. T&E stresses that these elements will need to be captured in the 2030 transport fuels policies.