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27/06/2016

Scrapping EU biofuels targets is the right thing to do

Transport


Brussels and NGOs share doubts over France's Notre-Dame-des-Landes airport

Three days before the vote on the future of the Notre-Dame-des-Landes airport, a host of environmental issues remain unresolved. The European Commission has joined NGOs in expressing serious concerns over the project. EurActiv France reports.
Transport 17-06-2016

Joint European-Russia Mars mission gets funding boost

The second part of a delayed joint European-Russian mission to probe Mars for traces of life has received a crucial €77 million cash injection, the European Space Agency said Thursday (16 June).
Transport 16-06-2016

Biofuels are vital to decarbonising the EU’s road transport

The Stone Age did not end because humans ran out of stones – it ended because we found better alternatives. The same must become of the Oil Age, if we are to fulfil our COP21 commitments, writes Robert Wright.
Transport 15-06-2016

Passenger rights: Equal treatment for all?

All European passengers —whether travelling by air, rail bus or boat— are entitled to compensation when their trips are cancelled or delayed. EU policymakers are now considering further measures to ensure equal treatment for travellers and fairer competition between transport modes.

Transport 15-06-2016

Passenger rights: Playing by the rules harms railways

Passenger rights in Europe need to improve in order for railways to compete in inter-modal transport and deliver on the EU’s decarbonisation strategy, writes Oliver Wolff.
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Transport 13-06-2016

Boeing in Europe: Supporting development and commercialisation of sustainable aviation biofuels

Boeing is encouraging regulators to create a strong policy framework to advance sustainable aviation biofuels.
Euro & Finance 10-06-2016

Greek shipowners: tax scrutiny will open 'Pandora's box' in EU

Greece's top shipping lobby on Friday (10 June) warned that EU scrutiny of their tax concessions would open a 'Pandora's box' of revelations concerning other states, with harmful consequences all around.
Transport 10-06-2016

NGO: Truck emissions limits crucial to achieving EU climate goals

Introducing EU-wide CO2 standards for trucks would bring significant savings and place Europe on track to fulfil its Paris climate commitments to cap global warming, a new study has found.
Transport 10-06-2016

US regulator: Only an EU supervisor can stop another Dieselgate

Only a central European agency with the resources and power to test cars and trucks will prevent another Dieselgate scandal, the US Environmental Protection Agency director behind the enforcement system that snared Volkswagen has said.
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Digital 10-06-2016

EU considers new insurance laws for driverless cars

SPECIAL REPORT / The European Commission is trying to figure out whether insurance laws should be changed to cover crashes caused by driverless cars. With no human in control of the cars, insurance companies are already rethinking who will be liable for the new technology.

Why the shrill posturing on my ETS reforms?

Ian Duncan published his report on ETS reform last week, which was heavily criticised by a number of NGOs. Here, he argues why his proposals will bring positive change for both climate and industry.
Sustainable Dev. 08-06-2016

Europe scores own-goal on bio-based chemistry

In its efforts to encourage displacement of fossil fuels by renewable energy, the EU intervened to promote bio-fuels, but ended up discriminating against production of a wider range of bio-based chemical feedstocks in Europe, writes Marco Mensink.


Transport 07-06-2016

Commission wants aviation deals with growing markets by 2019

European Commission will start negotiating comprehensive aviation agreements with United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Turkey, and countries from the Southeast Asia region, after member states gave the green light on Tuesday (6 June).
Transport 07-06-2016

Commission adopts new rules in wake of Costa Concordia disaster

The European Commission has adopted a series of legal proposals aimed at simplifying and modifying the security framework for passenger boats in EU waters. EurActiv Spain reports.

Palm oil production up, as forests pay the price

Palm oil biofuels are having a disastrous impact when it comes to deforestation and carbon footprint. EurActiv's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.
Transport 02-06-2016

EU cautions governments against banning Uber, Airbnb

Services such as ride-hailing app Uber and home-rental site Airbnb should only be banned as a last resort, the European Commission said on Thursday (2 June), as it seeks to foster development of the "sharing economy".
Transport 02-06-2016

Zaventem’s Frankenstein airport provides a test case for the EU

Brussels’ Zaventem Airport has evolved into Frankenstein’s monster, processing more than 20 million passengers and millions of tonnes of cargo annually. And it’s growing, as jets fly round the clock over the rooftops of the city, write a number of concerned citizens and organisations.

Escalating strikes in France put Euro 2016 at risk

Striking rail workers halted about half of French train services on Wednesday (1 June) in a dispute over working time as a standoff between the militant CGT union and the Socialist government over a proposed labour law reform escalated.
Transport 01-06-2016

Swiss declare Alps tamed as Gotthard rail tunnel opens

Switzerland opens the world's longest and deepest rail tunnel through the heart of the Alps today (1 June) in an engineering marvel that stands as a symbol of European unity at a time of increasing fragmentation.
Transport 01-06-2016

Member states haggle over ‘low-carbon mobility’ goals

The European Commission is having “very intense discussions” with member states over the individual emissions reduction percentage that they will be assigned to reduce emissions in sectors not covered by the Emissions Trading Scheme, a top EU official told journalists today (31 May).
Transport 01-06-2016

EU to finally start talks with Gulf countries on aviation agreements

With several months delay, EU member states are expected to give the European Commission the green light next Tuesday (7 June) to start negotiations with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Qatar on comprehensive aviation agreements that will also cover alleged subsidies given to their airlines.
Digital 31-05-2016

EU makes progress on uniform sharing economy policy

The European Commission will ask member states to review and amend legislation, when necessary, to end the fragmentation faced by Uber, Airbnb and other collaborative platforms in Europe, EurActiv.com has learned.
Transport 27-05-2016

IKEA, Nestlé and Philips join call for EU limit to truck emissions

A group of nineteen large companies and environmental NGOs are demanding the European Commission introduce binding CO2 limits for trucks.
Agriculture & Food 26-05-2016

Scrapping EU biofuels targets is the right thing to do

The biofuel lobby decries plans to scrap biofuel targets. Ending support for harmful and costly biofuels is the only right thing to do, writes Marc-Olivier Herman.