What we do

Europe needs sustainable finance policies – to make the right investments and send the right price signals – to decarbonise its transport sector.

  • How much are we paying in fuel taxes?

    Are Europeans paying more at the pump because of increasing taxes? How much more taxes petrol car drivers pay over diesel drivers, even though diesel is the main responsible for the air pollution crisis in our cities? Which EU countries have managed to eliminate diesel’s unfair fiscal advantage? In which EU countries palm oil diesel pays zero tax? Answers to all these questions - and more - can be found in this new T&E’s interactive tool based on datasets of fuel consumption taxes for road transport in all 28 EU member states since 1995.

    October 10, 2019 - 10:36
  • Do gas trucks reduce emissions? Your questions answered

    On 19 September T&E published its paper ‘Do gas trucks reduce emissions?’ discussing air pollutant and greenhouse gas emissions from diesel and gas-powered trucks. Most of the findings were based on on-road tests commissioned by the Dutch government, performed by TNO. After the publication, different stakeholders, mainly from the gas lobby questioned our results and reacted in press releases and media outlets. In this briefing, downloadable below, T&E responds to the claims made by those stakeholders.

    September 25, 2019 - 16:30
  • Less (cars) is more: how to go from new to sustainable mobility

    This paper shows through research and transport modelling the possible outcomes of the autonomous (and connected), electric, shared (new mobility), and urban planning revolutions. Based on the scenarios modelled, it issues recommendations to policy makers on steering these revolutions toward public-policy goals of reducing emissions and congestion.

    September 24, 2019 - 07:00
  • Do gas trucks reduce emissions?

    A number of truck manufacturers claim that trucks running on gas deliver strong air quality and greenhouse gas benefits compared to diesel. On-road tests commissioned by the Dutch government were performed by TNO, an independent research organisation, to compare emissions from diesel and liquefied natural gas (LNG) trucks. This paper outlines how the on-road data shows that many of the truckmakers’ claims are false. It also outlines how most EU governments are encouraging the uptake of polluting LNG trucks with extremely low tax rates on fossil gas for transport.

    September 17, 2019 - 15:52
  • How Horizon Europe can deliver a zero-emission transport sector

    The EU has adopted legislation, known as Horizon Europe, to shape EU Research & Innovation (R&I) spending for the 2021-2027 period. With a proposed budget of almost €100 bn, the programme aims to stimulate technological innovation and help the EU decarbonise. In this paper T&E argues that it should be subject to a clear prioritisation of clean transport technologies in order to put the transport sector on a strategic pathway towards net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050 at the latest.

    August 19, 2019 - 18:37
  • Analysis of state aid to Ryanair airports

    An analysis of all EU airports served by Ryanair has found that almost one-quarter of these airports are likely to be receiving state aid. The analysis, which is non-exhaustive as we focused only on small airports, includes many cases where airports used by Ryanair are shown to be in direct receipt of public money from local authorities. Such state aid is helping drive the airline’s record emissions growth, potentially breaches EU state aid rules, and faces being ruled illegal as the European Commission begins a review of the guidelines covering state aid to airports and airlines.

    July 15, 2019 - 17:33
  • Dr Elizabeth Lindstad on why increased use of LNG might not reduce maritime GHG emissions at all

    Earlier this year industry organisations promoting liquefied natural gas as a maritime fuel commissioned and published a study on the climate benefits of LNG for ships. The study claims up to 21% GHG savings on a well-to-wake basis if ships use LNG over alternative fossil fuels. The research was undertaken by the consultancy Thinkstep. Following its publication, Dr Elizabeth Lindstad, chief scientist at the SINTEF Ocean research organisation in Norway, reached out to T&E with her commentary on the Thinkstep study. Her commentary can be downloaded below.

    July 10, 2019 - 16:51
  • National Energy and Climate Plans transport ranking

    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.

    June 12, 2019 - 11:05
  • Batteries on wheels: the role of battery electric cars in the EU power system and beyond

    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. 

    June 4, 2019 - 05:00