Transport

Electricity 26-07-2017

UK to reward green consumers, ban dirty vehicles

British consumers could enjoy savings worth billions of pounds as a result of major changes to electricity generation, usage and storage, under new plans by the UK government. Westminster also intends to ban sales of new diesel and petrol cars by 2040.

24-07-2017

Cartel probe looms over German car industry

German carmakers faced a brewing scandal Monday (24 July) as suspicions grew they colluded illegally for decades, further damaging the industry's image and exposing it to massive financial risks.

Air Pollution 20-07-2017

India wants every car to be electric by 2030

India is hoping to become the first big world power where all cars on its roads are electric, as part of its efforts to combat severe atmospheric pollution. 1.8 million deaths are caused by it every year on the subcontinent. EURACTIV’s partner Italia Oggi reports.

Vers un label européen pour l’accessibilité des transports aux personnes handicapées

Les législations sur les transports, les règles d’accessibilité, la qualité des équipements et des infrastructures, les modes de financement de la mobilité diffèrent assez largement d’un pays à l’autre de l’Europe et les situations des personnes handicapées à l’égard des transports sont contrastées.

Dieselgate scandal still fuming in Europe, more action needed

Europe has not yet reached the bottom of the Dieselgate scandal as "many other brands" besides Volkswagen show too high emissions in real driving conditions, the EU's Internal Market Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska warned in a letter to the 28 member states' transport ministers.

19-07-2017

EIB approves €12 bn for transport, energy, infrastructure

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has approved new financing worth €12.4 billion for projects in transport, including a new metro line in Paris, infrastructure and energy, the bank said on Tuesday (18 July).

Aviation 18-07-2017

EU and Britain to present post-Brexit plan on WTO membership

The European Union and Britain plan to put forward a joint proposal for reform of the terms of their World Trade Organisation (WTO) membership in September or October, an EU source said on Monday (17 July), as London negotiates to leave the EU.

A new German law hopes to make it more attractive to drive electric cars in Germany. [EON Vertrieb/Flickr]
Electric cars 17-07-2017

EU car makers join others in pleading for slower electric vehicle action by China

The European car industry may soon face a stiff challenge at home and abroad from Chinese electric vehicles. Faced with China's unwavering plan to accelerate the introduction of electric and hybrid cars, European manufacturers have joined forces with other global producers to plead with Beijing for a 'less ambitious' roadmap.

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17-07-2017

How to achieve sustainable urban mobility?

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The new ERTRAC’s Urban mobility Roadmap is paving the way towards an integrated urban mobility system to answer increasing demand as well as tackle related societal challenges linked to it.

Alcohol 14-07-2017

EU ignores calls for booze ban on flights

The European Commission does not intend to limit alcohol consumption during flights as it is a national competence, despite the fact that officials from popular tourist destinations requested its intervention.

Enlargement 13-07-2017

EU pledges funds for new Balkan railway, transport projects

This week's summit of the six Western Balkans EU hopefuls and EU leaders fell somewhat short of political expectations but produced concrete results in financing regional transport projects, most notably a railway link between the capitals of Macedonia and Bulgaria.

Aviation 13-07-2017

Spain’s party islands ask EU to ban booze on flights

Authorities in the Balearic Islands, home to the party resorts of Ibiza and Magaluf, on Wednesday (12 July) asked Spain and the European Union to ban alcohol on flights and in airports as they battle "anti-social tourism".

Air Pollution 11-07-2017

International flights to stay free from EU carbon fees until 2021, MEPs vote

International flights to and from the EU will remain free from paying CO2 emissions permits but the exemption will cease in 2021 unless EU bodies meanwhile decide otherwise, the European Parliament's environment committee agreed on Tuesday (11 July).

11-07-2017

Dutch watchdog says Jeep, Suzuki may have violated emissions rules

Dutch prosecutors said on Monday (10 July) they will investigate possible misuse of vehicle emissions software by Suzuki and Fiat Chrysler's Jeep.

Air Pollution 10-07-2017

Daily emissions of cruise ships same as one million cars

Cruise ships can emit as much particulate matter as a million cars every day and the air quality on deck can be as bad as the world’s most polluted cities, according to a new investigation.

Climate change 07-07-2017

France raises its environmental game with ambitious new climate package

With plans to make France carbon neutral and phase out fossil fuel-powered vehicles by 2040, Paris is showing new levels of ambition when it comes to the environment. EURACTIV France reports.

Aviation 07-07-2017

Austria wants to end Eurofighter programme and lease fighter jets instead

Austria wants to end its Eurofighter jet programme early and replace it with a cheaper alternative fleet of aircraft leased from another government, its defence minister said on Friday (7 July), amid a legal battle over the jets with Airbus.

Competition 05-07-2017

Irish insurance companies raided by Commission officials

European Commission competition officials on Tuesday (4 July) raided the offices of a number of companies that provide motor insurance in the Republic of Ireland, as part of an ongoing investigation into allegations of anti-competitive behaviour.

Energy 05-07-2017

A reality check on power-to-liquids: How not to use renewable energy

By encouraging the use of clean energy sources to produce fossil fuel for cars, the proposed revision of the EU Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) opens the door to massive public subsidies for costly, inefficient and polluting ‘solutions’, warns Jonas Helseth.

Future of mobility 04-07-2017

EU Court’s top lawyer says member states have right to ban Uber

EU member states can ban ride-hailing pioneer Uber without informing the European Commission because at heart it is an ordinary transport company under their jurisdiction, a top EU lawyer said Tuesday.

03-07-2017

Commission eyes fuel efficiency rules for trucks as road transport looks set to grow

Europe lags behind the major world economies in regulating fuel efficiency standards for the fast-growing truck transport sector and the Commission is moving to address the issue with legislative proposals, a panel on the Future of Road Freight Transport was told on Monday (3 July).

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.

21st century public transport: People with disabilities face discrimination

The European Accessibility Act, the proposed law that would make products and services in the EU more accessible for persons with disabilities, is a unique opportunity for Europe, writes Catherine Naughton.

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.