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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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Over 200 Indonesian community leaders speak out against palm oil for biofuels

Hundreds of Indonesian leaders of indigenous communities, farmers’ unions, smallholder organizations, human rights groups and environmental NGOs have signed an […]

PEOPLE’S CLIMATE CASE: EU taken to Court for failing to impose a robust emission reduction plan

A Carpathian shepherd together with other families from Europe and outside are taking the European Parliament and the Council of […]

A Forest Is A Levee

River Dora Riparia in Susa Valley is alpine however with particularities of plain running waters. “We are basically on a […]

Merano, A History Carved with Water

  In an unusual rain pouring cold morning Mayor Paul Rüsch, a rather non-political bonhomme, guided us through the history […]

How Hydropower Turned Hohe Tauern into a National Park

  Nature protection history and ecological hotspots started in the 1970s, says Florian Jurgeit, planner with the Hohe Tauern National […]

Is There Life after Skiing?

  Why do we have to ski all the time?, asks Dominik Siegrist, an actual avid skier and leader of […]