EU member states must implement the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) by June 2021. The implementation offers an important opportunity to shift national policies away from an exclusive reliance on crop-based biofuels (especially palm oil) to a broader range of cleaner, advanced fuels. For T&E, the renewable electricity charged into electric vehicles must play a central role in meeting national targets for renewable transport fuels. How? The examples of California and the Netherlands show that a credit mechanism for renewable electricity in transport is a necessary tool to make this happen. Read T&E's briefing below for more.
The ongoing revision of the rules for Real Driving Emissions (RDE) tests, triggered by a landmark ruling of the EU General Court, is a unique opportunity to rectify the scandalous behind-the-door relaxing of nitrogen oxide (NOx) limits decided in the middle of the Dieselgate scandal.
Are Europeans paying more at the pump because of increasing taxes? How much more in taxes do petrol car drivers pay than diesel drivers, even though diesel engines are the main cause of the air pollution crisis in our cities? Which EU countries have managed to eliminate diesel’s unfair fiscal advantage? In which EU countries is zero tax levied on palm oil diesel?
Unlike combustion engines that burn oil, batteries do not burn lithium or other minerals like cobalt and nickel, which can be fully recovered and used again. From a life cycle perspective battery-powered vehicles are already better than engined cars. However, they still have an environmental impact, notably in parts of their manufacturing and metals extraction. This paper, informed by the report available below, outlines T&E's vision of how an upcoming EU regulation can minimise the environmental impact and maximise both the industrial and climate benefits of batteries in transport.
The UK’s drivers will shortly celebrate a decade of frozen fuel taxes with consecutive budgets maintaining duty rates at 57.95p/l since 2010 rather than raising the tax in line with inflation.