Ultra-fine particles from brake pad abrasion will for the first time be covered under an EU regulation to curtail vehicles’ contribution to air pollution, a move aimed at reducing the high level of the toxic particles in urban areas.
Lawmakers in the European Parliament’s environment committee have voted to include all flights departing from Europe in the EU’s carbon market and to slash free allowances, a move that will force airlines to pay more to pollute.
One question in light of the vote on CO2 standards for vehicles is the role that lobbying played. To say that our lawmakers were led by the nose seems cynical. But to believe that lobbying had no affect seems naive.
Lawmakers in the European Parliament’s environment committee voted to uphold a proposed ban on the sale of polluting vehicles from 2035 but narrowly rejected proposals for stricter 2030 targets on cars and vans that would have made the transition smoother.
Since the imposition of sanctions, Russia has effectively stolen some 400 planes which were leased from abroad, a move considered the greatest theft of airplanes ever committed. The value of the stolen aircraft is valued at around $10 billion.
Electric vehicles are set to end tailpipe emissions, significantly improving air quality in urban areas. But particulate matter emitted from brakes and tyres will continue to pose health risks and could even increase after the EV revolution, studies show.
The EU's proposed green aviation law overlooks the true climate cost of flying, with the non-CO2 effects of air travel producing two to four times the impact of carbon emissions, a Greens MEP has said.
Speculation is rife of an imminent announcement of fresh sanctions targeting Russian oil. But telling citizens to drive less and consume less energy is as likely to be unpopular today as it was 50 years ago.
The EU’s promotion of biofuels as a renewable energy source is undermining the bloc’s climate goals, a new study by Princeton University academics and CIRAD, a French agricultural research body, has found.
US authorities have ended the national requirement to wear a face mask on public transport, including planes, trains, taxis, and buses, following a ruling by a Florida judge that the Biden administration’s mandate was unlawful.
Greens EU lawmakers have sent a formal letter requesting that the European Commission provide data on the origins and quantities of used cooking oil (UCO) imported into the bloc, putting further pressure on the EU executive to allay fraud concerns surrounding UCO imports.
The war in Ukraine has reignited the “food vs fuel” argument surrounding crop-based biofuels, with allegations that the EU’s demand for ethanol and biodiesel exacerbates food security concerns. The biofuels industry has branded the claims “ridiculous”.
Last week’s European Council likely came as something of a relief to the Kremlin. EU leaders chose not to end the bloc’s reliance on Russian-imported fossil fuels, instead opting to “close loopholes” in existing sanctions.
The rollout of autonomous vehicles has the potential to reduce traffic by 90% and bring road deaths to zero, but serious technological hurdles remain, Mark Boris Andrijanic, Slovenia's minister for digital transformation, has said.
Carbon-emission free aircraft – either electric or hydrogen-powered – will be developed within six years, with the first jets commercially carrying passengers "from 2035 onwards," industry experts have forecast.
Governments encouraging ordinary citizens to adopt behavioural change, such as driving less, in extraordinary times is nothing new. But the degree to which demands for change are accepted depends on a myriad of factors – even cultural factors.
The amount of bioenergy in the EU's transport sector will increase under plans put forward by the lawmaker leading the European Parliament's position on the EU’s renewable energy law, a scenario likely to rankle green legislators.