Transport & Environment

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Aviation 04-09-2017

Beginning of the end for aviation’s VIP climate treatment?

The European Commission's proposal to continue exempting flights to and from Europe from its flagship emissions trading scheme (ETS) was an overreaction, writes Andrew Murphy.

Biofuels 03-07-2017

Drivers are the top consumers of palm oil in Europe

As millions of European hit the roads this month for a well-earned summer break, most won’t know what they’re driving on, writes Laura Buffet.

Future of mobility 29-06-2017

Does car sharing really reduce car use?

Concerns that sharing schemes do not deliver a net reduction in car use are not supported by evidence, writes Greg Archer. Now, digitisation and the sharing economy provide an opportunity to reduce the number of vehicles in our cities even further, he contends.

Transport 16-06-2017

How do you put a price on trucks’ impact on society?

Hauliers claim that trucks are overpaying in taxes and charges compared to their impact on the environment and society. But the reality is that road transport is now Europe’s biggest climate problem, writes Samuel Kenny.

Transport 08-05-2017

Will the Empire strike back in the next Dieselgate fight?

The battle over the EU's response to the Dieselgate scandal is drawing to a close. It pits the rebels advocating for more effective controls (the European Commission and Parliament) against the regressive forces of the Empire (some national governments and the car industry), writes Julia Poliscanova.

Aviation 19-04-2017

Ryanair denies climate change because it doesn’t like the solutions

It’s no mystery why Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary dismisses evidence of climate change as ‘rubbish’, writes Andrew Murphy.

Aviation 07-03-2017

Aviation biofuels: Won’t get fooled again

Biofuels are being touted as a solution to the problem of aviation emissions. But previous experience shows us we must take care to ensure they are not actually worse for the environment than the kerosene they replace, writes Carlos Calvo Ambel.

Transport 24-01-2017

Four trends that could clean up road transport

The move towards autonomous vehicles, driven by the progressive electrification of transport, and backed up by road pricing schemes, all carry the potential of radically cleaning up Europe's transport system, writes Greg Archer.

Transport 03-11-2016

Vans: Falling through the cracks of Europe’s transport policy

Light commercial vehicles are increasingly being used as a means to dodge social legislation and taxes, writes Samuel Kenny.

Brexit 29-06-2016

What Brexit could mean for global trade

As the dust settles over the UK’s referendum, many are trying to second guess what it all means. Here Cecile Toubeau sizes up the possible repercussions for global trade policy.

Trade & Society 03-03-2016

Boris, Brexit and better trucks

London Mayor Boris Johnson wants the UK to take back control of truck design to improve road safety, but the UK will gain nothing by leaving the EU, writes Jos Dings.

Trade & Society 13-01-2016

Time to toss out toxic investment chapters from trade deals

Multinational companies are already exploiting investor protection clauses in free trade agreements to 'chill' social and environmental regulations that threaten their bottom lines, writes Matt Langdon. The EU must heed the warning bells.

Climate change 04-11-2015

‘Better Regulation’ and the end of cheating?

In the midst of the ongoing Dieselgate scandal, Nina Renshaw and Jos Dings write that regulators need to be given back real authority and responsibility, and that the Commission has shown significant shortcomings.

Transport 12-10-2015

When it comes to cutting Europe’s CO2, trucks drive under the radar

Heavy duty vehicles account for a significant portion of CO2 emissions, and their impact is only supposed to increase. New measures must be adopted quickly in order to achieve climate goals, writes Carlos Calvo Ambel.

Transport 10-09-2015

Transport in the ETS? Still not a good idea

Car makers will not invest in low carbon technology while polluting is cheap. Strict emissions standards are the only way to decarbonise road transport and stimulate a modal shift, argues William Todts.

Transport 23-07-2015

Letting diesel off the hook

Obsolete laboratory tests for auto emissions is putting the health of Europeans at risk, writes Julia Poliscanova.

Trade & Society 06-07-2015

Stretching the truth on TTIP

Martin Schulz's new ISDS proposal will likely be approved by the European Parliament. But behind the new language, not much has changed, writes Cecile Toubeau.

Transport 02-07-2015

America’s challenge to European truck supremacy

American trucks have always lagged behind in terms of efficiency, but new US regulations will soon cause the tables to turn, argues William Todts. 

Transport 03-06-2015

Diesel machines need the cleanest technology to relieve our choking cities

Implementing consistent emissions standards for all diesel engines would push manufacturers to use the best available technology and improve the EU's air quality, argues François Cuenot.

Transport 21-05-2015

Airlines violating ETS law should be named

Aviation emissions standards are vital to protect the European environment, and must be enforced fairly across the EU, writes Andrew Murphy. 

Climate change 16-04-2015

Responsible flying grounded by aviation’s fuel tax exemption

Countries must reform the International Civil Aviation Organisation's position on fuel subsidies to bring them into line with well-established global objectives, writes Andrew Murphy.

Energy 19-03-2015

Biomass’ ‘zero’ ETS rating burns us all

We have no idea if the biomass burned actually reduces CO2 emissions, which raises questions about the energy source's zero rating in the EU's Emissions Trading System, writes Carlos Calvo Ambel.

Transport 27-02-2015

Energy Union: The road ahead for more efficient transport

Climate and energy crises are looming and only ambitious action can make the EU more environmentally friendly, energy secure and innovative at the same time, writes Nuša Urban?i?. 

Paris: Don’t leave out planes and ships

There are ?a number of possible solutions to reduce emissions in the aviation and shipping sector. But the relevant UN bodies should identify an emission reduction pathway, and ensure that any measures adopted are done so in a fair and equitable way, writes Bill Hemmings.