The United Nations’ sustainable development goal (SDG) 13 ‘Climate action’ is a call for immediate action by all to lower greenhouse emissions, to strengthen resilience to climate-related hazards and to improve education and awareness on climate change mitigation and adaptation.
The Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council will hold an extensive policy debate on the issue of transport and climate change in Brussels on 20 September. The discussion will focus on how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transport.
Ursula von der Leyen, president-elect of the European Commission, set her team’s political priorities for the next five years. A European Green Deal, outlining more ambitious action on climate and biodiversity crises, is at the heart of her agenda. European policies have long tackled environmental degradation and climate change with some success and some failures. Supported by growing calls for action by the public, this new policy term — with the new European Commission and Parliament — provides a unique opportunity to scale up and speed up a green and just transition for Europe.
Six transport topics under the 2018-2020 Horizon 2020 Work Programme are open for application as of today, 3 September. They make available EU funding of €92 million.
Update – public versions of the decisions are available (cases SA.53054, SA.53055 and SA.53056).
The European Commission has found German plans to support the retrofitting of municipal and commercial diesel vehicles to be in line with EU State aid rules. The measure should contribute to reducing nitrogen oxides emissions by 1,450 tonnes per year, while limiting distortions of competition.