OPP Meeting Summary: Hearing of Adina-Ioana Valean, Commissioner-designate for Transport (14 November 2019)

The summary of the hearing is now available.

Report: FCH 2 JU Programme Review Report 2018

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.

UPDATED – Agenda: Ambient Air Quality Expert Group (main group) (8 November 2019)

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Stakeholder Press Release: Incoming EU transport boss charts course for clean shipping but is less certain on sustainable cars and planes

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”.

Agenda: Working Party on General Affairs (20 November 2019)

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Stakeholder Report: Green powerhouse: A blueprint for battery regulations in Europe

By Transport & Environment

Unlike combustion engines that burn oil, batteries do not burn lithium or other minerals like cobalt and nickel, which can be fully recovered and used again. From a life cycle perspective battery-powered vehicles are already better than engined cars. However, they still have an environmental impact, notably in parts of their manufacturing and metals extraction. This paper, informed by the report available below, outlines T&E’s vision of how an upcoming EU regulation can minimise the environmental impact and maximise both the industrial and climate benefits of batteries in transport.

Agenda: Working Party on Energy (18 November 2019)

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Digital transport services for people: The next steps for sustainable European solutions

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Update: Future Mobility

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Feedback Period: Vehicle emissions testing – templates for type-approval of L-category vehicles updated to cover on-board diagnostics (Euro 5)

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Press Release: According to Advocate General Saugmandsgaard Øe, imprisonment cannot be used against the public officials responsible, including the Minister-President, in order to compel them to introduce traffic bans on diesel vehicles in Munich

The fundamental right to liberty may be limited only on the basis of a law which clearly provides for such a possibility in respect of those officials, which does not appear to be the case in Germany.

Press Release: Clean mobility: Commission welcomes agreement on tyre labelling to save energy

A political agreement on a European tyre labelling was reached yesterday between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission. The new rules improve and strengthen EU tyre labels enabling European consumers to make better choices and bringing energy savings equivalent to taking 4 million cars off EU roads every year.

Comitology Meeting: Technical Committee on Motor Vehicles (TCMV) (18 December 2019)

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Agenda: Working Party on Technical Harmonisation (Motor Vehicles) (19 November 2019)

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Agenda: EP IMCO Committee Meeting (4 December 2019)

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UPDATED – Agenda: Transport Council (20 September 2019)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP ENVI Committee – Type approval of motor vehicles with respect to emissions from light passenger and commercial vehicles (Euro 5 and Euro 6) (6 November 2019)

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Official Journal (L Series): Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/1859 of 6 November 2019 laying down rules for the application of Article 10 of Regulation (EU) 2019/1242 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the collection of certain data

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Event: The contribution of Advanced Renewable Transport Fuels to transport decarbonisation in 2030 and beyond (Brussels, 18 November 2019)

The European Commission Directorate General for Energy has been supporting an International Energy Agency (IEA) study on this topic carried out by two IEA Technology Collaboration Programmes, IEA Bioenergy TCP and the IEA Advanced Motor Fuels TCP. The workshop will present the findings of this project focusing on country-specific analysis of Germany, Finland, Sweden, USA and Brazil. The analysis is based on these countries´ key strategies for decarbonisation, and on the availability of conventional and advanced renewable transport fuels.

Press Release: Spain: Cleaner transport – EIB backs QEV Technology’s development of electro-mobility solutions at Web Summit

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is providing EUR 17m in quasi-equity financing to QEV Technologies (QEV) to support its research and development (R&D) activities. The company is developing electric drive systems (powertrains) for small urban transport vehicles, e-vehicles, fast charging systems and electric racing technologies. The agreement was signed at Web Summit in Lisbon today by EIB Vice-President Emma Navarro and QEV CEO Miguel Valldecabres. The project is supported by the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), the main pillar of the Investment Plan for Europe, also known as the Juncker Plan.

OPP Meeting Summary: EP TRAN Committee – Results of the 2019 CEF transport call (6 November 2019)

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Stakeholder Position Paper: Road Charging and the Eurovignette Directive

The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) believes that the main objective of revising the existing European road charging system (the so-called ‘Eurovignette Directive’) should be to improve clarity, transparency, predictability, proportionality and charging differentiation in order to further encourage the use and uptake of cleaner vehicles.

Press Release: World’s biggest truckmaker rules out gas trucks in pursuing carbon neutrality

The world’s biggest truck manufacturer, Daimler, has said it will no longer develop fossil gas-powered trucks as they will not advance its goal of offering a carbon-neutral fleet. Daimler Trucks said it would instead invest in electric and hydrogen lorries.

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