In 1975 Japan’s government backed a new home video system which it felt would help the countries industry compete in a new and potential huge market, this technology was Betamax. Within just a few years it had lost the video format wars to its rival VHS and those who had bought into the Betamax revolution were left scrabbling to justify their investments. For EU mobility policy makers, this exemplifies the problem when trying to plan for a new carbon neutral future, it is exceptionally difficult to plan a cost effective and coherent policy when so many fledgling technologies are trying to capture market share and when each option could be the transport of the future.
The City of Groningen has been announced as the host of the 6th European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans in 2019. The news was announced by Maja Bakran Marchich, deputy Director General of DG MOVE, during the closing plenary of the 5th SUMP conference.
Average carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of new vans registered in the European Union (EU) in 2017 were 4.7% lower than in 2016, according to preliminary data published today by the European Environment Agency (EEA). This is the highest annual reduction reported since the regulation to reduce CO2 emissions from light-duty vehicles came into force in 2011.
The JRC has provided essential scientific support to the design of many of the initiatives of the 3rd mobility package. In particular, evidence provided by the JRC – on present Heavy Duty Vehicles (HDV) emissions and technologies, the impact of policy options for HDV, and the requirements and impacts of connected and automated mobility – formed the basis of the final package.
Brussels, 15 May 2018 – At this year’s INNOGRID2020+ conference, co-organisers EDSO for Smart Grids and ENTSO-E will jointly present their ‘Ten priorities for Europe’s research policy to deliver the Energy Union’ and hand them over to the Commission.
The revised Energy Performance of Buildings directive (EPBD) has been approved today by the Council of Ministers of the EU. The European Parliament had already approved the revised EPBD on 17 April with a very large support coming from the main political groups (546 votes in favour, 35 against and 96 abstentions).