Keynote speech by Henrik Hololei (Director General, DG MOVE, European Commission) on the potential of the full range of powertrain options for commercial vehicles to contribute to further decarbonising road transport.
The agenda includes items related to energy & climate, environment, trade and transport policy.
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.
After lengthy negotiations the European Parliament and EU Member States late last month came to an agreement over new rules regulating energy performance in buildings. Though significantly watered down from the European Commission’s initial legislative proposal, and far from meeting Bellona’s vision, the new directive mandates the installation of at least one charge point in larger, new non-residential buildings. While symbolically important for both consumers and industry, in practical terms, the new directive will have marginal implications for electro-mobility infrastructure roll-out.
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 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.
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’.
This timely international symposium will provide an invaluable opportunity to discuss current challenges related to air pollution and to reignite the debate over an EU-wide strategy to ensure cleaner air in Europe, while also enabling the delegates to analyse the role of clean technologies in improving air quality. The symposium offers a platform for discussion on an improved European regulatory framework on air pollution, supports the exchange of ideas, and encourages delegates to engage in thought-provoking topical debate.
As of 1 January 2019, newly produced trucks will have to determine and declare their CO2 emissions and fuel consumption. This will increase transparency around the fuel consumption of heavy-duty vehicles in the EU market.
The agenda items include general approaches and progress reports on several files of the first and second mobility package, concerning the social and market aspects, the combined transport of goods and clean and energy-efficient road transport vehicles. In addition the legislative deliberations include items on rail passengers’ rights and obligations, as well as a progress report on port reception facilities for ship-generated waste and cargo residues and a general approach on safeguarding connectivity and competition in international transport. Other agenda items include information from the Presidency on access to the international market for coach and bus services and information from the Commission on (poss.) the third mobility package.
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Air pollution harms our health and our environment. It mainly stems from industry, transport, energy production and agriculture. The EU air quality strategy pursues full compliance with existing air quality legislation by 2020 and sets long-term objectives for 2030. The Environmental Noise Directive helps to identify noise levels within the EU and to take the necessary measures to bring them down to acceptable levels. Separate legislation regulates noise emission from specific sources.
On 21 December, representatives of the Estonian Presidency and the European Parliament reached a provisional deal on the effort sharing regulation to ensure further emission reductions in sectors falling outside the scope of the EU emissions trading system (ETS) for the period 2021-2030. The provisional agreement requires endorsement by member states. EU ambassadors are expected to analyse the text in January. Full article…
On 8 January, agenda items include a presentation of the work programme during the Bulgarian Presidency. The consideration of the impact assessment on setting emission performance standards for new passenger cars and for new light commercial vehicles as part of the Union’s integrated approach to reduce CO2 emissions from light-duty vehicles will take place on 11 January.
EU ambassadors today confirmed an agreement reached on 7 December 2017 between the Estonian Presidency of the Council and the European Parliament on the reform of type-approval and market surveillance for motor vehicles. The agreement must be now submitted to the Parliament and the Council for approval. This major reform will modernise the current system and improve control tests on car emissions data.
Concerning the proposals adopted by the Commission on 31 May 2017 as part of the “Mobility package” .