Debates, Vote Results & Texts Adopted: European Parliament Plenary Session (15-18 January 2018)

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UPDATED – Comitology Meeting: Technical Committee – Motor Vehicles (18 December 2017)

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Stakeholder Video: European Commission: “Technology neutrality key to lowering CO2 emissions from trucks”

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.

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Opinion: EP JURI Committee on the legal basis of the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources (recast)

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Note: Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the approval and market surveillance of motor vehicles and their trailers, and of systems, components and separate technical units intended for such vehicles

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Final Draft Agenda: European Parliament Plenary Session (15-18 January 2018)

The agenda includes items related to energy & climate, environment, trade and transport policy.

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Stakeholder Press Release: New CO2 Emission Targets for Cars

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.

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Stakeholder Press Release: Newly agreed EU buildings law to require buildings’ “readiness” for electric vehicles

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.

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Stakeholder Press Release: Rise in UK car CO2 emissions largely a result of increasing SUV sales, not declining diesel

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.

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Stakeholder Press Release: New CO2 legislation for cars: Spanish automotive suppliers showcase importance of technology neutrality to reduce emissions as well as maintain strong industry in Europe

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.

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Stakeholder Press Release: CO2 standards have significantly reduced the total cost of ownership of US trucks

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.

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Agenda: EP IMCO Committee Meeting (22 – 23 January 2018)

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Event: EU-India conference on Advanced Biofuels (New Delhi, India, 7-8 March 2018)

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Event: Fighting Air Pollution in Europe: Ramping Up Efforts for a Healthier Environment (Brussels, 25 January 2018)

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.

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Press Release: New determination of CO2 emissions and fuel consumption of trucks from 1 January 2019

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.

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Provisional Agenda: Transport Council (7 June 2018)

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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Official Journal (L Series): Commission Regulation (EU) 2017/2400 of 12 December 2017 implementing Regulation (EC) No 595/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the determination of the CO2 emissions and fuel consumption of heavy-duty vehicles and amending Directive 2007/46/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council and Commission Regulation (EU) No 582/2011

(Text with EEA relevance.)

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EU Fact Sheet: Air and noise pollution

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.

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Press Release: Provisional deal on effort sharing emissions – another step towards Paris targets

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…

Agenda: Working Party on the Environment (8 & 11 January 2018)

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.

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Outcome of Proceedings: Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources (recast)

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Press Release: Cars type-approval and market surveillance: EU ambassadors endorse agreement to revamp the sector

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.

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Reply to National Parliament: Commission Decision regarding the follow-up to National Parliaments’ Opinions – reply to the Senato della Repubblica (IT) – COM(2017)275 to 282 final

Concerning the proposals adopted by the Commission on 31 May 2017 as part of the “Mobility package” .

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