An analysis of new official EU data shows that progress on recalls of manipulated diesel cars is stalling in the European Union while the continent still faces an air quality crisis which has landed 14 EU Member States in court. Even the cheapest and least effective form of diesel fixes – software updates – are making very slow progress in the EU and would take another two years to be completed at the current pace. They also cover only 10 out of 43 million grossly polluting diesels cars and vans on Europe’s roads, leaving the vast majority of dirty diesels unaddressed.
Are batteries the new gold? They might well be considering how key they are to the decarbonisation of large parts of the European economy, in particular the transport and energy sectors. Electrifying cars, vans, buses and trucks using rechargeable lithium-ion batteries offers an effective, scalable and, if combined with renewable power, zero emission solution for transport; Europe’s biggest climate problem. T&E has partnered with Enel, Iberdrola and Renault-Nissan to commission a report from Element Energy to understand the opportunities offered by electric vehicle integration, and how to turn these “batteries on wheels” into an asset, rather than a problem.
The main purpose of this study is to analyse air pollution caused by luxury passenger cruise ships in European waters. The results show that the luxury cruise brands owned by Carnival Corporation & PLC emitted in 2017 in European seas alone 10 times more disease-causing sulphur dioxide than all of Europe’s 260+ million passenger vehicles. Spain, Italy, Greece, France and Norway are the most exposed countries to cruise ship air pollution in Europe. Among the major cruise ports, Barcelona, Palma Mallorca and Venice are the most polluted.
All European member states had to submit before the end of last year their draft plans on how to achieve 2030 energy and climate targets; the so-called draft National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs). In T&E we have analysed and ranked the 28 draft NECPs from a transport perspective. We wanted to know if they were compatible with 2030 targets and more importantly if they were aligned with longer term transport decarbonisation, based on previous T&E work on the topic. See the ranking below, and click on the map at the bottom for an assessment of each member state's draft plan. The overall assessment can be downloaded at the bottom.
This briefing explores the aviation sector's status as one of the most undertaxed in Europe and examines the supposed legal obstacles to ending this annomally. It outlines a number of recommendations for EU governments and the EU to remedy this situation.