An analysis of a newly cleaned-up dataset tracking Europe’s air pollution has revealed that nitrogen dioxide levels are on a steeper downward trend than previously thought, according to Dr Folkert Boersma from the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute, who says that ensuring the quality of Earth observation data can reveal new insights into climate change.
Presented by the European Renewable Ethanol Association (ePURE), the event is part of POLITICO’s Clean Mobility series and will examine the solutions to decarbonize the transport sector.
The Council today adopted a regulation to reform the type-approval and market surveillance system for motor vehicles in the EU.
Brussels, 18 May 2018 – NGVA EUROPE, the European association representing the entire natural gas value chain, from gas extraction to dispensing at the refueling station, covering CNG, LNG and renewable gas, welcomes the new proposal on CO2 standards for HDVs tabled by the European Commission. It introduces a strong European action to curb emissions of the sector, which the industry has already embraced in its continuous efforts and commitment towards decarbonisation and fuel efficiency.
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.
The Juncker Commission is undertaking the third and final set of actions to modernise Europe’s transport system.
Today’s package consists of:
- A new road safety policy framework and initiatives on vehicle and pedestrian safety, and on infrastructure safety management
- Communication on connected and automated policy
- Legislative initiatives on CO2 standards for trucks and Strategic Action Plan for Batteries
- Initiatives establishing a digital environment for information exchange in transport
- Initiative to streamline permitting procedures for projects on the core trans-European transport network (TEN-T).
The Commission is providing national, regional and local actors with practical help to improve air quality in Europe, and stepping up its enforcement against 7 Member States who have breached agreed EU rules on air pollution limits and type approval for cars.