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

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

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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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UPDATED – Comitology Committee: Written Consultation of the Committee on the Sustainability of Biofuels and Other Bioliquids

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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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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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SDG 13 – Climate action (Eurostat): Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

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UPDATED – Comitology Committee: Written consultation of the Committee on the Sustainability of Biofuels and Other Bioliquids

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP ENVI Committee – A European strategy on Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (27 November 2017)

A summary of the Committee’s consideration of the draft opinion is now available.

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Event: REWARD Final event (Vienna, Austria, 18 April 2018)

The goal of REWARD is to develop advanced diesel engines that are able to respond to the demands of the future. The REWARD consortium is taking on the challenge of developing diesel powertrains and aftertreatment technologies for the next generation of cleaner passenger cars and light commercial vehicles. As the fuel economy of Diesel engines is substantially higher than for gasoline engines, REWARD plays into this enormous improvement potential to stimulate the development and use of Diesel engines in all vehicle classes. We would like to present our new 4-stroke B/C class Diesel engine as well as our 4-stroke D/E class Diesel engine, the new EATS tested on our vehicles and optimised for new combustion concepts, give information on activities related to low-friction materials and lubricants, and new driveline components that have been designed specifically for the demonstrator vehicles. We invite you to discuss with us our engineering activities.

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Press Release: EBRD initiates work on a new energy sector strategy

The EBRD is starting work on a new energy sector strategy and inviting the public to submit contributions. Comments based on the current document should be submitted in writing no later than 1 February 2018 to energysectorstrategy@ebrd.com. Full article…

Reply to National Parliament: Commission Decision regarding the follow-up to National Parliaments’ Opinions – reply to the Senat (RO) – COM(2017) 279 final

Concerning the 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 {COM(2017) 279 final}.

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Press Release: Energy Union – the year of engagement

The third report on State of the Energy Union and accompanying documents, in addition to the Communication on the 2030 electricity interconnection target of 15% and 3rd list of Projects of Common Interest are available.

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Agenda: EP IMCO Committee Meeting (4 December 2017)

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Event: EU Refining Forum (Brussels, 1 December 2017)

The eighth meeting of the EU Refining Forum will take place on 1 December 2017 in Brussels. For the first time, the Forum will meet at expert level, allowing a more in-depth discussion of specific topics relevant to the refining sector. Participants will exchange views on various issues, including the Clean Energy for All Europeans package and the impact of internal combustion engines on urban air quality.  Full article…

UPDATED – Agenda: Working Party on Transport Intermodal Questions and Networks (27 November 2017)

Update: A correction has been published.

The agenda items include a presentation by the Commission on Improving Military Mobility in the European Union, presentations by the Commission and exchanges of views on the promotion of clean and energy efficient road transport vehicles and on the establishment of common rules for certain types of combined transport of goods between Member States as well as a Continuation of the examination of the draft Council conclusions on the European Court of Auditors’ Special Report No 13/2017: “A single European rail traffic management system: will the political choice ever become reality?”

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Press Release: Energy-efficient fuel cell technology

Fuel cell systems are an efficient way of converting chemical energy into electricity so as to reduce emissions and protect the environment. EU-funded research has advanced existing components and designs to develop an optimised version – boosting product lifetime and efficiency, and potential commercial uptake of a sustainable energy solution. Full article…

Agenda: Fiscalis Project Group for a new fiscal marker for gasoil and kerosene (27 April 2017)

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