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”.
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.
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.
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.
The EBRD is powering the revolution in electric vehicles. A long-term loan of €250 million will support the construction of a battery gigafactory in Wrocław in western Poland by LG Chem, one of the world’s leading chemical groups.
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.
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.
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.
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.