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On 8 November, the European Commission published its clean mobility package. The central piece of this package was the proposal on the reduction of CO2 emissions from passenger cars between 2020 and 2030. This regulatory proposal was much awaited as it will be a decisive tool for the EU to reach its objectives in terms of reductions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) and air pollutants. Ambitious CO2 targets will also have a direct impact on European consumers who would benefit from improvements in the cost of owning and using a vehicle. Disappointingly, the Commission’s legal proposal lacks the necessary ambition which BEUC considers necessary to deliver real benefits to European consumers. We therefore call upon the European Parliament and the Member States to strengthen this legislative proposal. Here are BEUC’s first policy recommendations in view of the co-decision process.
The UK cannot enjoy its current access to the EU air transport market after it leaves the EU unless it also commits to respecting EU aviation rules, a new report by T&E says. The report examines how to safeguard efforts to reduce the environmental impact of aviation after ‘Brexit’, and concludes that everyone stands to benefit if the British government adheres to EU rules on emissions trading and state aid.
Fighting climate change continues to be one of the EU’s priorities. Find out how MEPs want to boost energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy sources.
The increase in UK new car CO2 emissions by 0.8% in 2017 reported by the UK industry arises mainly from a shift to larger SUV and dual-purpose vehicles rather than from declining diesel sales that the UK car industry association (SMMT) claims.
The Spanish automotive supply industry represented by SERNAUTO, in close coordination with CLEPA, the European Association of Automotive Suppliers, presented today in Brussels the various technology solutions manufactured in the country in the pursuit of CO2 emissions reduction, contributing to the decarbonisation of road transport in the EU. CLEPA considers the new EU car CO2 proposal highly demanding and stresses that focus should turn to how the targets should be met, mitigating disruption to economy and society.
The EBRD is supporting the modernisation and rehabilitation of the Enguri hydro power plant, the largest electricity supplier in Georgia, with a €28 million loan.
by WEO Energy Analysts Stéphanie Bouckaert, Timothy Goodson and Brent Wanner. Full article…
The benefits from US fuel efficiency standards for trucks significantly outweigh their costs, a new study by environmental group Transport & Environment (T&E) shows. T&E’s analysis, published today, examines data before and after truck standards came into force in the US in 2011.
Panel discussion on the powertrain options for trucks that are used for long-haul and regional transport of goods.
In October 2016, parties to the UN’s International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) agreed to adopt a global market-based mechanism to offset aviation emissions above 2020 levels. T&E views this is a small step forward to address aviation emissions, but well short of what is required to ensure this rapidly growing sector contributes to the goals of the Paris agreement.
Answer given by Mr Arias Cañete on behalf of the Commission to a question (Rule 130) by José Blanco López (S&D) regarding ‘Targets in the automotive industry’.