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Air quality remains one of the major environmental problems. Europe needs well-enforced air pollution legislation for cars, trucks, diesel machines and ships.

  • UK Car CO2 Regulations: Going nowhere fast

    Car CO2 regulations are key to driving the supply of electric vehicles in the UK. This short paper highlights a growing risk the UK will have no regulations in place at the start of 2021 and as a result supplies of electric cars to the UK will dry up. It also highlights that the proposed regulation will lead to about a fifth less EVs being sold in the UK than is likely to have been sold if we remained a part of the existing EU scheme because of the way the Government has drafted the new rules. The Government is urged to: urgently table a corrected regulation before the end of October.

    October 11, 2020 - 16:49
  • Company cars: How European governments are subsidising pollution and climate change

    Company cars are vehicles owned by companies or other organisations - not by individuals - and they represent the main market share for new cars in Europe. T&E has commissioned the fleet market research firm Dataforce to analyse the corporate market in EU27+UK. Its report, available below, looks into the corporate registrations for the car market and its effects on Europe’s climate ambitions. The briefing summarises the findings and provides additional analysis and recommendations for lawmakers at national, EU and city levels.

    October 5, 2020 - 06:00
  • Financing electric trucks and charging infrastructure

    In July 2020, European leaders have agreed on a historic EU financial deal to boost the European economy after the COVID-19 crisis. The new Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF), as well as the negotiations on the new Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) offer a unique financial opportunity to enable the decarbonisation of the road freight sector and the deployment of zero-emission trucks (ZET).

    September 1, 2020 - 19:24
  • The UK's CO2 standards for new cars and vans

    This paper responds to the UK Department for Transport (DfT) consultation on future car and van CO2 standards. T&E recognises the purpose of the regulation is to translate the existing EU rules into UK law and not to reform the legislation to meet wider policy needs. In our response we have, however, highlighted where the proposals are at odds with wider government climate policy.

    July 24, 2020 - 11:31
  • Civil society opposes ACEA's call to delay vehicle pollution norms - letter

    In yet another attempt to weaken the application of pollution norms for cars, vans and trucks, Europe's powerful car lobby ACEA (the European Automobile Manufacturers Association) wrote to the EU Industry Commissioner to demand a six-month postponement of the newest vehicle emissions legislation. In a letter dated 18 June 2020, ACEA's President and CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Mike Manley argued that the the shutdown of production and sales due to COVID‐19 had caused a significant build‐up of stocks and that a postponement of the application dates of the forthcoming pollutant regulations would be an 'objectively justified, proportionate and pragmatic response to an unfortunate situation'.

    July 16, 2020 - 06:44
  • Why Uber should go electric

    This paper shows that electrifying ride hailing services’ will not only lead to substantial CO2 savings, but also means better economics for drivers across most vehicle segments in the five EU cities analysed1. Looking at costs over the whole use time of the vehicle for a typical ride-hailing driver (so-called total costs of ownership - TCO), the overall result is clear: medium BEVs2 are on average 14% cheaper to run than equivalent diesel, and up to 24% cheaper in Paris. Medium-size to large electric cars are the best option for drivers with access to home or depot charging in 12 out of 15 scenarios considered.

    June 18, 2020 - 00:37
  • Are compressed natural gas vehicles a clean solution for transport?

    Some claim that compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles are a clean, low-emission technology and a solution for Europe’s air pollution crisis. This review of the latest data on particle pollution from CNG cars, vans, buses and trucks dispels these claims and shows the technology emits high levels of toxic pollutants. More particularly, they emit large numbers of particles and ultrafine particles, which are associated with cancer, Alzheimer’s, and heart and respiratory diseases.The full report is in English. The executive summary is also available in Italian, Polish and Spanish.

    June 16, 2020 - 07:30
  • No going back: European public opinion on air pollution in the Covid-19 era

    The Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown have had a profound impact on mobility and air pollution in Europe. Those living in polluted cities are more at risk from Covid-19, the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) has warned. But with the lifting of its lockdown, air pollution and exceptional traffic have already returned to China. In this context, Transport and Environment (T&E) and the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) decided to gauge public opinion on air pollution and mobility choices as lockdown measures ease and cities confront a commuter challenge.

    June 10, 2020 - 15:23
  • Greening Vehicle Excise Duty

    Transport is the UK’s biggest single source of CO2, and approaching half of those emissions come from cars. The government has announced its intention to end sales of cars with engines by 2035 at the latest. This briefing responds to the Treasury consultation on Vehicle Excise Duty, which is both extremely timely and generally makes good proposals that will move the market towards the purchase of more low and zero-emission vehicles.

    June 5, 2020 - 14:04