The summary of the hearing is now available.
The Report presents the findings of a review into activities supported by the FCH 2 JU by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC). The 2018 review includes 87 projects that were ongoing for any time in April-October of 2017.
It pays particular attention to the added value, effectiveness and techno-economic efficiency of FCH 2 JU projects, assigned to six review panels under two main pillars – Transport and Energy – as well as Support for Market Uptake (cross-cutting) activities such as standards and consumer awareness.
By Transport & Environment
The EU transport commissioner-designate today committed to greater European action on maritime emissions, but risked being at odds with public demand to address airlines’ climate impact. Transport & Environment (T&E) said Adina-Ioana Vălean’s hearing in the European Parliament’s transport committee, in which she also provided little detail on deploying the infrastructure needed for zero-emissions road transport, was a “mixed bag”.
EASA and the European Commission (DG-CLIMA) jointly published the ‘Halon replacement in the aviation industry’ guide to support aviation industry in complying with the requirements of Regulation (EC) No 1005/2009 (the Ozone Regulation) on halon replacement.
Update: An addendum was published (ADD1).
Held around the time that the new European Commission and Parliament take office, this invitation-only dinner debate looks at the importance of Europe’s space programme for climate action. The European Space Agency plans to launch a fleet of satellites that will monitor carbon dioxide emissions across the planet in 2025. The satellites will create the first worldwide system to track polluters, making it possible to observe emissions down to city scale. As funding is dependent on the EU budget, the European Commission and Parliament have the chance to boost the competitiveness of Europe’s space programme and address climate change at the same time.
EU greenhouse gas emissions declined by 2% in 2018 and reached their lowest level since 1990. In 2018, emissions were 23% below the 1990 level, while the GDP had increased by 61%. Implementation will have to be accelerated significantly, the annual EU Climate Action Progress Report adopted today concludes, to reach 2030 targets and for the EU to become climate-neutral by 2050.
The European Union (EU) cut its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2 % in 2018, according to preliminary estimates released today by the European Environment Agency. However, rising energy consumption continues to hamper progress on the share of energy generated by renewable sources and on energy efficiency. As in previous years, the transport sector remains a particular concern with rising GHG emissions, low uptake of renewable energy sources and insufficient reductions of transport fuels’ life-cycle emissions.
Transport has brought plenty of benefits to society, providing jobs, connecting people and moving goods. It now has to face its next challenge: reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.
The sector – from cars to planes, from ships to heavy-duty trucks – represents a significant part of the EU economy and will have to go through a major transformation to reduce its emissions as Europe moves towards a modern, low-carbon economy.
Aviation’s environmental impact is not limited to the operational aspects of transporting people and goods around the world. The footprint of air travel also extends across the entire lifecycle of manufacturing aircraft, their maintenance throughout operational service, and eventually, responsible disposal – or preferably recycling – of an airliner’s components and materials at the end of its existence.
Climate change is a global threat and demands global action: the more countries join forces, the bigger the chances we can master this major challenge of our generation. The European Union, Iceland and Norway today agreed to extend their cooperation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% by 2030 compared to 1990 levels.