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Big Oil dilutes EU dirty fuel law

After five years of heavy-handed lobbying by Canada, the US and oil majors, the European Commission today published fuel quality rules that fail to discourage oil companies from using and investing in the world’s dirtiest oil such as tar sands and coal-to-liquid. Agreed in April 2009, the Fuel Quality Directive (FQD) for the first time obliges fuel […]

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‘Climate and energy portfolio needs Commissioner unencumbered by conflicts of interest’

Despite three-hours of grilling by MEPs of the Commissioner-designate for Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Arias Cañete failed to explain how there is no conflict of interest with his brother-in-law Miguel Domecq Solís being a director of two oil companies, reads a Transport&Environment press release. His responses lacked substance and his performance is best summarised […]

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Vilnius is more motorized than L.A. !

Vilnius and Athens are among the most motorized cities in the world. Infrastructure and consumer spending are the main causes of such high private cars’ affluence. Conversely, metropolitan areas such as London, New York or Tokyo have motorization rates lower than the average in the country; excellent infrastructure and pro-public transport policies impose themselves despite […]

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France and Sweden delay safer lorries norms

Representatives of EU Member States today reached an agreement on changing weights and dimensions rules for lorry cabins. The provisional agreement sets a delay of eight years before redesigned lorry cabs can be driven on Europe’s roads, even though design changes could save hundreds of lives and billions of litres of diesel fuel. The call […]

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Europe guts aviation emissions-reduction law

Members of the European Parliament today capitulated to pressure, bullying and threats from third countries, the aviation industry and EU leaders lacking vision and courage by voting to shrink the aviation emissions trading system (ETS), reads a Transport & Environment press release. The weakened ETS will only cover flights between EU airports until 2017, which leaves […]

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Maritime Emissions in Limbo between EU and IMF

Despite issues of maritime security (piracy on the high seas of the Indian Ocean) and of safety (Costa Concordia and crew member casualties), emissions from maritime operations stay on the agenda of European Commission’s Transports Directorate General as well as with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) whilst greenhouse gas from maritime operations increases at short […]

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Single European Sky might cut some emissions

The SES initiative (Single European Sky) main environmental trait is to abolish unnecessary extensions to the length of flights through the defragmentation of European airspace and the implementation of functional airspace blocks. Optimizing air traffic management will lead to lower emissions (estimated at a 10% decrease in CO2 emissions) and reduced fuel consumption in European […]

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Mont Blanc on a free ticket

Gratuity for public transport is anchored in a plethora of political ideas and theory, ranging from extreme left to radical environmentalism. A socialist vision would claim that local taxes ensure free transport for the locals as the services is paid and maintained by the locals, a radical green would ban cars and provide free transport […]

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Hedegaard gets on her bike for public debate on sustainable transport in Lisbon

European Commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard hosts a public debate in Lisbon to discuss how innovative, low-carbon solutions in the transport sector can contribute to reducing Portugal’s emissions while improving mobility and boosting economic growth. Commissioner Hedegaard will cycle to the event at the Electricity Museum of Portugal with the Portuguese Minister for Agriculture, […]

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Can You Take the Bus for Free?

by Lubomir Mitev // Union of Baltic Cities Energy, Environment and Transport Committees met in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. The host city implemented a program that made public transport free for citizens at the beginning of 2013 and everyone was interested to hear a progress report as well as exchange information on sustainable public […]

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Governments commit to strengthening cooperation on carbon markets

On 1 September 2017, high-level government officials from 25 national and subnational governments, including EU Member States, Mexico, the Republic […]

‘ADDRESS MOUNTAIN SPECIFICITIES BETTER IN THE FUTURE COHESION POLICY’

It is time to really implement territorial cohesion and pay special attention to mountain areas, as emphasised in the article […]

Will the Empire strike back in the next Dieselgate fight?

by Julia Poliscanova The battle over the EU’s response to the Dieselgate scandal is drawing to a close. It pits […]

Naomi Klein in Eastern Europe: Green tech leans towards decentralization away from state socialism

In the wake of the heated talks on the CETA signing, Naomi Klein, at a short online meeting with her […]

Governments demand new EU vehicle safety rules to cut road deaths

Transport ministers from eight countries have united to demand new EU-wide standards for vehicle safety. Safer vehicles, such as trucks […]

Climate change dispels plants and humans to mountain heights

Thistle is invading mountain clearings; little pines are growing amongst the high alpine rocks; flocks of cattle need to climb […]