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To limit the global temperature rise to 1.5ºC, car emissions must be zero by 2050 at the latest. That means we must be selling only electric cars – battery electric and hydrogen vehicles – in the early 2030s.

  • Weak climate rules put Europe’s battery boom at risk

    Europe’s surging EV market has resulted in plans for 38 battery gigafactories, totalling over 1000gWh of output and almost €40bn in investment. Yet, weak CO2 standards between 2022 and 2029 give carmakers little incentive to increase the sales of electric cars until 2030. This could result in well over half of the expected output having no market. This is a missed opportunity to boost Europe’s economy and secure thousands of skilled jobs.

    June 8, 2021 - 08:33
  • Offener Brief - Die Kfz-Steuer und die Dienstwagenbesteuerung müssen auf den Klimaschutz ausgerichtet werden

    Die am 12. Mai vom Kabinett beschlossene Novelle des Klimaschutzgesetzes schreibt das Ziel von 85 Millionen Tonnen CO2-Emissionen im Verkehrssektor bis 2030 vor. 2020 betrug der Treibhausgas-Ausstoß des Verkehrssektors laut der Klimabilanz des Umweltbundesamtes 146 Millionen Tonnen CO2 – und das trotz coronabedingtem Lockdown. Damit die Klimaziele für 2030 erreicht werden können und die Mobilitätswende sowohl ökologisch als auch sozialverträglich gestaltet werden kann, bedarf es sofortiger Maßnahmen. Die Kfz-Steuer und die Besteuerung von Dienstwagen sind zwei zentrale Instrumente dafür.Dieser offene Brief an Finanzminister Olaf Scholz fordert, dass sowohl die Kfz-Steuer als auch die Dienstwagenbesteuerung auf den Klimaschutz ausgerichtet werden.

    May 27, 2021 - 19:21
  • Exploring the trade-offs in different paths to reduce transport and heating emissions in Europe

    European member states agreed in December 2020 to an increased climate target for 2030 of -55% net emissions reductions. In July, the European Commission will propose an update of the EU’s key climate and energy legislation to turn that climate target into concrete policy. This report by Cambridge Econometrics looks into the impact of an increase in ambition in the road transport and buildings sector on the European economy and on household purchasing power. 

    May 25, 2021 - 08:08
  • Charging forward: Creating a world-class UK charging network

    The shift to battery electric cars in the UK is accelerating with more than one in 10 sales in 2020. Only new cars with a significant electric range can be sold in the UK from 2030 and only zero emission vehicles from 2035. The shift to an entire fleet of BEVs will not be complete until around 2050, but creating a UK-wide, convenient, affordable charging network is a key part of the delivery plan and this report and supporting study detail a roadmap to create a world-class charging network. T&E has also built an online tool that maps the number of electric vehicles registered in each local authority in the UK and the number of chargers located there.

    May 17, 2021 - 17:23
  • Deutschlands Steuerpolitik für Dienstwagen

    Gewerblich zugelassene Fahrzeuge sind für 76 % der CO2-Emissionen von Neuwagen in Deutschland verantwortlichGewerbliche Zulassungen haben einen bedeutenden Einfluss auf den deutschen Automobilmarkt und machen die Mehrheit der neu zugelassenen Autos aus (63 %). Im Vergleich zu Privatwagen werden mit gewerblichen Fahrzeugen doppelt so viele Kilometer gefahren, wodurch sich ihr Anteil am CO2-Ausstoß von Neuwagen sogar auf 76 % beläuft. Nach einer durchschnittlichen Haltedauer von vier Jahren gehen diese Fahrzeuge in den Gebrauchtmarkt für Privatfahrzeuge über.

    May 12, 2021 - 12:39
  • Hitting the EV inflection point

    Can the entire EU go to 100% electric car and van sales by 2035 in order to decarbonise road transport by 2050? Can a small business as well as an average family, whether living in a city or a village, make the switch? T&E has commissioned Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) to analyse exactly this. The answer is clear: yes - with the right policy support - Europe can. Download the full BNEF study below, as well as our briefing on the results and what the mean for EU policymakers.

    May 10, 2021 - 07:58
  • Why e-fuels in cars make no economic or environmental sense

    With the review of the EU CO₂ emissions standards for cars and vans scheduled for June 2021, some, notably the oil and gas industry and automotive suppliers, are advocating adding CO₂ credits for advanced biofuels and synthetic fuels into the vehicle standards. T&E’s new analysis shows why this is not credible - either from an environmental nor from an economic point of view.

    April 29, 2021 - 23:55
  • Il ruolo dell’idrogeno nel trasporto terrestre

    Raggiungere la neutralità climatica entro il 2050 è una sfida molto ambiziosa. Questo è particolarmente sfidante per il settore dei trasporti italiano che, nell'arco dei prossimi 30 anni, dovrà portare a zero le circa 108 milioni di tonnellate di CO2 che emette attualmente. La grande sfida si giocherà soprattutto nel trasporto stradale, che è responsabile dell’80% delle emissioni di CO2 da trasporti e per cui, in molti segmenti, esistono già alternative a zero emissioni per sostituire i mezzi inquinanti, come i veicoli elettrici e a idrogeno. Ciononostante, a causa della minore efficienza energetica, ammettere l'utilizzo dell'idrogeno in questo settore richiederebbe il doppio dell'energia da fonti rinnovabili per azzerare le emissioni. In quest'ottica, privilegiare le tecnologie a maggiore rendimento è fondamentale, specialmente se si considera che la quota di energie rinnovabili è e sarà nei prossimi anni ancora troppo piccola e preziosa per essere dissipata in processi inefficienti.

    April 29, 2021 - 21:53