UPDATED – Agenda: Transport Council (5 December 2017)

Update: The main results are available.

The agenda items concern energy, climate & environment, digital, transport, and general policy.

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Official Journal (C Series): Reports from the ECA on the annual accounts for the financial year 2016

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Agenda: Working Party on Technical Harmonisation (Motor Vehicles) (Attachés) (Morning Only) (11 December 2017)

The agenda items include an examination of the Presidency compromise proposal (Recitals) on the approval and market surveillance of motor vehicles and their trailers, and of systems, components and separate technical units intended for such vehicles.

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UPDATED – 1st AHWG meeting EU Green Public Procurement criteria Public Space Maintenance (Sevilla, 15 November 2017)

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Report from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament on implementation of Directive 2010/75/EU and final reports on its predecessor legislation

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TERM 2017: mixed progress for Europe’s transport sector in meeting environment, climate goals (EEA)

Europe’s transport sector is making only mixed progress in meeting its environment, health and climate policy targets, according to a European Environment Agency (EEA) assessment published today, which tracks the short and long-term environmental performance of this key economic sector across the European Union. Full article…

OPP Meeting Summary: EP IMCO Committee – Approval and market surveillance of motor vehicles and their trailers (4 December 2017)

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Agenda: EU Coordination prior to Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution (11 December 2017)

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Press Release: Commissioner Vella at UN Environment Assembly “Towards a Pollution-free Planet” in Kenya, 4-5 December

Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella will lead the EU Delegation at the third meeting of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA). It will focus on the fight against pollution, and take place at United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Headquarters in Nairobi from 4 – 6 December, bringing together environment ministers, civil society and business from UN Member States. Full article…

Agenda: Working Party on the Environment (4 & 8 December 2017)

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EEA Video competition: Share your green actions

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Amendments: EP ENVI Committee on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the monitoring and reporting of CO2 emissions from and fuel consumption of new heavy-duty vehicles

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Stakeholder Press Release: Bellona debate in European Parliament puts spotlight on cities’ role in tackling air pollution crisis through clean mobility

Last Thursday, 23 November 2017, Bellona hosted a conference on air pollution and clean mobility ‘Going Electric Towards Cleaner and Healthier Cities’ in the European Parliament. Co-organised with Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) Seb Dance (S&D) and Keith Taylor (Greens), the event gathered EU, national and local policy makers, industry actors, civil society and citizens for a discussion around tackling today’s air pollution crisis through clean mobility measures. “It will be a combination of electrification and behavioural change that will mitigate the transport sector’s heavy toll on human health” was a key takeaway from the discussions.

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Stakeholder Position Paper: Monitoring and reporting CO2 emissions of new heavy-duty vehicles

The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) welcomes the European Commission’s proposal for a regulation on the monitoring and reporting of CO2 emissions and fuel consumption of new heavy-duty vehicles. Industry supports the Commission’s objective to increase transparency in the market regarding CO2 emissions from heavy-duty vehicles, thereby also contributing to the further decarbonisation of road transport in Europe.

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Question for Written Answer: Excessive fine particles and nitrogen oxides in air in the EU

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP ENVI Committee Public Hearing on ‘The impact of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU on the environment, public health and food safety’ (28 November 2017)

A summary of the public hearing is now available.

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Report: Critical gaps remain in Europe’s environmental performance despite improvements (EEA)

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Publication: On the validity of the incremental approach to estimate the impact of cities on air quality

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Stakeholder Press Release: Low carbon transport takes the backseat in new Renewable Energy Directive

Members of the European Parliament’s Industry, Transport and Energy Committee (ITRE), on 28 November 2017, voted to create loopholes in the Renewable Energy Directive that could create a back-door to new public funding for industrial CO2 emitters and polluting internal combustion engines. Despite overwhelming scientific evidence from around the world, and the repeated efforts of environmental NGOs including Bellona, MEPs voted to introduce new types of “renewable” fuel, that are in fact not low carbon and are instead hugely inefficient.

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Event: Stakeholder Workshop on Streamlining Environmental Reporting (Tallinn, 7-8 November 2017)

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