In this letter T&E and 28 other organisations call on the European Commission to make a LULUCF proposal that recognises the role that forests, land and wetlands play in mitigating climate change in a way that does not lower any ambition to reduce emissions and recognises the multiple benefits that these ecosystems provide in feeding people, purifying air and water and providing a home to biodiversity and indigenous peoples.
The new type approval proposal aims to reform the existing type-approval framework in the EU, ie, how new vehicles and components are tested before they are put on the market to ensure they comply with EU safety and environmental rules. Once approved these may be sold without restrictions throughout the EU single market.
This briefing looks at the main results of Dieselgate investigations in Germany, France and the UK and finds that they indicate the presence of more defeat devices. They also show most manufacturers switch off or turn down their emission control technologies at temperatures and conditions outside of the lab test without rigorous justification. More suspiciously, most cars in Europe emit much more pollution after a hot engine restart compared to a cold one demanded by the EU law – in contrast to in the US.
In a letter to European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, 19 global brands, logistics companies and green organisations, including IKEA, Nestlé, Philips, DB Schenker, Deutsche Post DHL and T&E, have said that fuel efficiency standards for heavy-goods vehicles in Europe would save billions for businesses, lead to cheaper goods, protect the environment and boost energy independence.
Road freight CO2 emissions are the fastest growing segment of land transport emissions, both at EU and at global level. By 2030 heavy-duty vehicle emissions will account for almost 40% of road transport emissions. The European Commission is currently preparing a “decarbonisation of road transport strategy” in which it will outline its truck CO2 plans.