Implementing EU air quality legislation to protect human health and the environment from pollution can be demanding for countries and cities. The European Environment Agency (EEA) has worked together with a number of European cities to better understand policy implementation challenges. The EEA’s new report, published today, summarises key findings on the cities’ progress over the past five years and highlights on-going challenges for improving air quality at the local level.
The United States will drive global oil supply growth over the next five years thanks to the remarkable strength of its shale industry, triggering a rapid transformation of world oil markets according to the International Energy Agency’s annual oil market forecast. By the end of the forecast, oil exports from the United States will overtake Russia and close in on Saudi Arabia, bringing greater diversity of supply.
The report focusses on road transport because, in the EU, this contributes 72% of transport GHG emissions. EASAC recommends a combination of transitional measures for the next 10-15 years and sustainable measures for the long term.
The Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission has developed, with the support of the FCH JU, a tailored-made version of TIM (Tools for Innovation Monitoring) to monitor, gather and analyse different aspects of fuel cells and hydrogen innovation and technological development.
The EU is updating its rules on the energy performance labelling of tyres and extending its scope to tyres for heavy-duty vehicles. The labels will be displayed more visibly for consumers and include information on snow and ice grip. The Council today adopted its negotiating position on the proposed new rules.