The summary of the hearing is now available.
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.
EIT Climate-KIC developed a suite of initiatives with systemic impact that integrate nature-based solutions and related strategies, such as granular-level urban greening, normalising climate resilience labelling for properties, scaling sustainable food production and reducing emissions through plant-based diets.
2020 calls for project proposals under the Horizon 2020 Challenge 5 “Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials” are opening today – don’t miss them! €318 mln available for new environment and resources projects.
A private taxi firm from London now boasts Europe’s targets zero emission corporate fleet with more hydrogen powered vehicles added this month.
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.
By Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER)
European railways are calling on the European Commission, Parliament and Member States to agree on a strong European Green Deal, one that will help to progressively reduce to net-zero the greenhouse gas emissions from transport and from the wider economy by 2050 at the latest. As the existing green mode of motorised transport – thanks to very low externalities, high degrees of electrification and increasingly zero-carbon operation – they can greatly help greening transport. The European Green Deal should support their contribution.
We want to show how vibrant the local energy initiatives are, by focusing on partnerships between municipalities and communities. We will demonstrate that the transition is happening! By exploring such partnerships, we want to highlight positive actions that go beyond fighting and adapting to climate change, to reinvent local economies and policy making at local level.
We aim at building this Forum with relevant partners, promoting best practices of cities and citizens energy partnerships to a wider audience. That is why we will have the European network of energy cooperatives REScoop opening our conference, to present some of their relevant projects from across Europe.
2020 will be the first year of the new European Commission: that is why we invited the Executive Vice President Frans Timmermans. He will be back to his hometown to discuss the development of the new “European climate culture” he has been tasked with. We hope he will debate with Energy Cities members and participants in the conference.
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.
In a new Covenant of Mayors case study, we invite you to find out how the German city of Dresden uses a living lab to bring the city, experts, and residents together to develop a better understanding of climate adaptation issues related to extreme temperatures, and to codesign solutions to these issues.
On 1 November 2019, the Smart City project ATELIER, funded by the European Commission under the H2020-LC-SC3-2018-2019-2020 call, is officially starting. Coordinated by the City of Amsterdam, ATELIER will focus on developing citizen-driven Positive Energy Districts in its two Lighthouse Cities Amsterdam and Bilbao, combining the expertise and the commitment of 30 partners from 11 countries.