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.
Sharing opinions and connecting with others is important, as it helps to offer support to local and national authorities to improve the quality and uptake of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs).
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 Commission will summarise the replies after the end of the consultation period. Your replies will be taken into account when designing comprehensive proposals for the post -2020 Multiannual Financial Framework and for the next generation of financial programmes.
As part of the objective of becoming 100% fossil fuel free by 2030, Kalmar County has set up a public procurement for the purchase of biogas fuelled buses. Authorities from the county and the city of Kalmar chose to reuse biomethane produced from cattle manure to run the buses, both addressing the issue of over-fertilisation and fostering the shift towards a carbon neutral transport system. 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.
On 24 October 2017, the CIVINET Slovenia-Croatia-SEE Network and network member ODRAZ, a sustainable development NGO, organised a panel discussion on the best ways to consult the public on mobility and traffic issues.
With its conference on the next MFF on 8-9 January , the European Commission is stepping up work on its proposal for the EU budget after 2020, due to be presented in May. The President of the European Committee of the Regions, Karl-Heinz Lambertz, contributes to the debate, voicing regions’ and cities’ concerns about possible cuts to cohesion policy – Europe’s main investment tool – and warning of the dangers of a centralised, divided and territorially blind European Union.