Compromise Amendments: EP ENVI Committee on the role of EU regions and cities in implementing the COP 21 Paris Agreement on climate change

Compromise amendments 1-7.

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Press Release: EU Commissioner for Transport visits ACER

Violeta Bulc, European Commissioner for Transport, visited the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) on Friday in Ljubljana. Director Pototschnig briefed the Commissioner on the Agency’s activities and discussed with her the interaction between the energy and transport sectors.

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Stakeholder Press Release: Bellona COP23 event puts electric shipping in the spotlight: the technology is here, what we need now is regulation

“A quiet revolution is taking place” highlighted Bellona at one of its COP23 side events on electrification of maritime transport in Bonn, Germany, last week. While most discussions centre around zero emission solutions for land transport, Bellona has taken on the next challenge: taking the electric revolution to the seas. ‘The technology is here, what we need is regulation’ was a key message echoed by the speakers.

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Inception Impact Assessment: Heavy-Duty Vehicles (HDVs) CO2 emission standards

The Commission is carrying out this consultation in order to be properly informed by public opinion in preparation for possible future legislative action in the area of CO2emissions from HDVs, the results of which will be published in a consolidated form.

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Event: DecarbEurope 2017 Workshop (Brussels, 12 December 2017)

This workshop provides a dashboard overview of the 10 DecarbEurope technologies: what is their current status; what can be expected in the coming years, and how can these technologies be integrated into a solution to decarbonize Europe.

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Agenda: EP TRAN Committee (4 December 2017)

The agenda items include the adoption of draft opinion on Monitoring and reporting of CO2 emissions from and fuel consumption of new heavy-duty vehicles, a presentation on ‘Infrastructure funding challenges in the sharing economy’, a consideration of draft report on Safeguarding competition in air transport and a presentation by the Commission of the draft delegated act related to technical requirements for inland waterways vessel.

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Agenda: Meeting of the EESC Section for Transport, Energy, Infrastructure and the Information Society (22 November 2017)

Agenda items include discussions on the Opinion on Statistics on rail transport (recast) and the Opinion on Vehicles hired without drivers for the carriage of goods by road. From 2.30 p.m. onwards a thematic debate will take place: “After COP 23 and the impact on the TEN Section policy areas”.

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Agenda: Working Party on the Environment (20, 21 & 23 November 2017)

On 20 November, agenda items include information from the Commission on recent developments and forthcoming initiatives on sustainable finance, a discussion on the revised draft Council conclusions on eco-innovation, and the examination of the revised Presidency text on the position to be adopted on behalf of the EU at the next three meetings of the International Whaling Commission. Further examination of the Presidency compromise text and the consideration of further Presidency suggestions on the monitoring and reporting of CO2 emissions from and fuel consumption of new heavy-duty vehicles will take place on 21 November. On 23 November, agenda items include an examination of the Presidency text on the opening of negotiations on an agreement between the European Union and the Global Green Growth Institute.

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Press Release: SMART Pannonia “Sustainable mobility and regional access in Burgenland and Western Hungary”

​The aim of the SMART Pannonia project is to turn Burgenland/Western Hungary into a jointly operating region again. An essential basis for this is the mobility of people and goods. In the last few years, intensive work has been carried out on the key issues of future mobility in the cross-border area of Burgenland/Western Hungary. Cross-border mobility projects promoted by the EU have provided the basis for direct cooperation both at the level of transport providers and at political level. It is now time to further these developments, building on the results of studies from projects which have already been completed.

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Stakeholder Event: Credible, effective and publicly acceptable policies to decarbonise the EU (Brussels, 5 December 2017)

This panel event explores possible solutions to the key challenges that the EU faces in meeting its 2030 energy and climate change targets, especially as the EU power sector transitions into a new phase. What are the most effective policy interventions to decarbonise a power sector characterised by increasingly competitive low-carbon sources? How credibly could the EU and its member states embrace the reforms needed to achieve such decarbonisation? And, outside the power sector, how can carbon taxes be introduced in a way that is more acceptable to the public?

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP Plenary – Decision adopted on the Second Mobility Package (15 November 2017)

A summary of the debate with a focus on the Commission and representatives of the political groups is now available.

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Press Release: Mapping the sources and level of air pollution in Europe: Commission publishes new Air Quality Index and Atlas

The European Commission and the EU Environment Agency launched a new Air Quality Index, coinciding with the publication of the Air Quality Atlas, a tool developed by the Commission’s Joint Research Centre. At the Clean Air Forum taking place today in Paris the Commission and the EU Environment Agency launched a new Air Quality Indexwhich allows citizens to monitor air quality in real time. The Commission also published an Air Quality Atlas, a tool developed by the Commission’s Joint Research Centre that maps the origins of fine particulate matter, such as dust, smoke, soot, pollen and soil particles, in EU cities.

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European Air Quality Index: current air quality information at your finger tips (EEA)

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Press Release: The first and second road mobility packages: an explainer

GUE/NGL MEPs are broadly supportive of the initiative for reform of road transport as many of the measures included in the Commission proposals are longstanding demands of the Left.

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Press Release: Making road traffic greener by boosting car-sharing and improving road quality

Uneven road surfaces cause breaking and variable speeds both of which increase emissions, while low car occupancy rates mean duplicated journeys. An EU project is combining data from trip-sharing communities and phone sensors for feedback on road quality to make road travel greener.

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UPDATED – Event: UKTiE 7th Annual Forum (Brussels, 28 November 2017)

Update: The Programme is now available.

UKTiE’s Annual Forum is Europe’s largest gathering of senior EU policy and law makers together with the UK’s leading transport organisations. UKTiE’s 7th Annual Forum will take place on November 28th in the European Parliament, kindly hosted by our patron Jacqueline Foster MEP, Conservative spokesman for Transport. The theme for the Forum is “Clean, connected and competitive – how to modernise Europe’s transport system” and we are inviting key senior EU policy and law makers to join us.

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Stakeholder Press Release: How well are governments enforcing vehicle emissions standards? Worldwide, the answer is: Not as well as they could be

A new study cataloging and evaluating the efforts made by governments in the world’s most important vehicle markets to ensure that cars and trucks comply in practice with pollution and fuel-efficiency regulations finds significant differences in level of effort, and ample room for improvement even in the best cases. The study, released today by the International Council on Clean Transportation, reports the results of a comprehensive survey of government agencies tasked with monitoring and enforcing compliance with regulations that establish limits for pollutant emissions in vehicle exhaust, as well as fuel-efficiency or carbon emissions standards.

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Stakeholder Event: Come and discuss the new Mobility Package at ‘Powertrain options for commercial vehicles’ (Brussels, 29 November 2017)

The European Commission has just announced a €800 million action plan to boost investment in alternative fuel infrastructure, will this be enough? The Commission’s new Mobility Package also seeks to promote green public procurement, but what do public authorities really need to make the switch? What is diesel’s future, considering it powers over 90% of trucks, vans and buses today? Join at the ‘Powertrain options for commercial vehicles’ conference to explore and debate which technologies will power Europe’s commercial vehicles in the future!

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Press Release: S&Ds want more ambitious legislation to promote the use of renewables in transport

“Today the Transport committee in the European Parliament rejected a lukewarm proposal on use of energy from renewable sources. The S&D Group could not support the opinion on the Industry and Energy committee’s final report, which was too limited in scope. The S&D group clearly opposed a conservative attempt to weaken the ambition of EU renewable targets, instead calling for national binding targets on renewables for all Member States”.

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Stakeholder Study: E-Fuels – The potential of electricity based fuels for low emission transport in the EU

The study analyses the future energy demand of the European transport market, along with the necessary build-up of renewable energy capacities and the related investments needed to achieve an 80-95% reduction in greenhouse gases (GHGs). The main topics and questions of the study are: How can e-fuels help the transport sector meet the EU climate targets? To what extent do renewable energy capacities need to be increased in order to meet energy demand in the transport sector? What is the amount of cumulated investments needed for energy and fuel supply by 2050?

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Stakeholder Event: Bellona Europa Conference: Going Electric Towards Cleaner and Healthier Cities (Brussels, 23 November 2017)

On 23 November at 09:00 Bellona Europa will be co-organising together with MEP Seb Dance (S&D) and MEP Keith Taylor (Greens), a conference on air pollution and clean mobility in the European Parliament. This conference will take a closer look at the role of public authorities in tackling the air pollution-induced human health crisis through stimulating the uptake of zero emission mobility. World-wide 557,000 cities and communities spend roughly €4 trillion per year; the equivalent of 10% of global GDP. This makes cities key to boosting demand for sustainable zero emission mobility. The ongoing revision of the Clean Vehicles Directive offers a once-in-a-decade opportunity to redesign existing EU legislation into a user-friendly and effective tool for the procurement of zero emission electric vehicles and paving the way for cleaner, healthier cities.

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Press Release: New European digital transport projects launched in Tallinn

European Commissioner for Transport and Mobility Violeta Bulc launched 15 projects co-financed by the Connecting Europe Facility programme (CEF) at the Digital Transport Days in Tallinn today. The projects are expected to develop digital solutions and upgrade the European rail, road, maritime and air transport network. These projects were selected for funding via a competitive call for proposals that will in total invest €2.7 billion in 152 key transport projects across the EU.

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