This report marks the third anniversary of the Dieselgate scandal. Whilst the scandal started with US regulators exposing cheating of nitrogen oxide emissions tests by Volkswagen, it quickly spread globally to affect almost every carmaker and every market in which diesel cars are sold. Subsequent work has shown that diesel emissions tests are not the only ones being manipulated – gasoline, CO2 tests and even those affecting safety systems are manipulated.
T&E analysed the impact of the truck lobby’s (ACEA and VDA) proposal on transport and truck emissions in Germany and Europe, using the in-house model EUTRM. The analysis shows that if policy makers were to follow the advice of European truckmakers, new vehicles in 2025 could be even less fuel efficient than those sold in 2019, and truck emissions will continue to grow in Germany and the rest of Europe.
The European Commission presented proposals for the 2021-2027 EU budget in May and June 2018. The two main funds relevant to transport spending are the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The transport sector is the EU’s largest source of greenhouse gases, representing 27% of the bloc’s total emissions. The EU must invest in infrastructure that reduces these emissions and sets member states on a trajectory towards achieving their binding 2030 climate targets. T&E's position paper outlines how spending should be used to prioritise zero-emission transport and end support for fossil gas.
The NGO Shipbreaking Platform and T&E have taken a closer look at the capacity available for ship recycling under the EU Ship Recycling Regulation. The shipping industry claims that there is not enough capacity for the safe and environmentally sound recycling for the EU-flagged fleet under this legislation, and state that it will be forced to leave EU ship registries so that it can find other breaking options outside the scope of the Regulation.
Fuelling Italy’s Future: How the transition to low-carbon mobility strengthens the economy shows that the transition to low-carbon mobility in Italy can improve the domestic economy, reduce spending on imported fuel, increase national energy security, reduce the exposure of consumers to oil price volatility, strengthen the macroeconomic resilience of the country and considerably improve the health of citizens.