Sean Goulding Carroll

Transport 30-11-2021

The Transport Brief, powered by Neste – Overpromising and underdelivering on EU transport infrastructure

When it comes to overpromising and underdelivering, EU politicians are no exception. A new report by the European Court of Auditors found that the EU’s strategic transport objectives are "overly ambitious and not always matched by real results".

Seabed activities raise risk of World War-era bombs detonating: Commissioner

Greater deep-sea economic activities have increased the risk of harm from munitions and chemical weapons dumped into European seas during the first and second world wars, EU Environment Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius has said.
Transport 23-11-2021

The Transport Brief, powered by SESAR JU – The electric car problem

Electric cars don’t produce tail-pipe emissions, and how quick they are to recoup the emissions expended in the manufacturing process depends on the type of electricity that is being used to charge them. However, there are serious problems with cars that go beyond their fuel source.
Transport 16-11-2021

The Transport Brief, powered by SESAR JU – Good COP, Bad COP

Some decry COP26 as a failure, while others see the summit as worth celebrating. The Glasgow-based conference's approach to transport, which put a heavy emphasis on electric vehicles, also has its detractors and supporters.
Electric vehicles 10-11-2021

Zero emission vehicle declaration disappoints as manufacturers, countries abstain

A COP26 pledge to stop the sale of polluting vehicles by 2040 has been called insufficient by climate campaigners, who criticised the absence of major economies, including the US, Germany, and France, as well as leading car manufacturers, such as Volkswagen and Toyota.
Transport 09-11-2021

US opens to (vaccinated) European tourists

As of 8 November, restrictions on travelling to the USA are lifted on 33 countries, including the 26 countries of the Schengen zone, Ireland, and the UK. The news is not only positive for those separated by the Atlantic - the rollback of restrictions represents a major boost to the aviation industry.
Biofuels 08-11-2021

EU’s strict green criteria for biofuels will hinder supply, MEPs warn

The EU’s "restrictive" approach to biofuels sustainability criteria will harm producers’ ability to meet increased demand for green fuels coming from the transport sector, says Henna Virkkunen, a Finnish lawmaker in the European Parliament. 
Batteries 04-11-2021

Industry anxious about mandatory recycling targets in EU battery law

Requiring companies to use recycled metals in new electric vehicle batteries is necessary to prevent manufacturers from opting for cheaper, freshly mined virgin materials, the EU says. Still, the automotive sector, battery makers and the mining industry are all anxious about the upcoming EU battery regulation.
Transport 02-11-2021

Thugs on a train

In Ireland, the National Bus and Rail Union are this week considering whether to call for work stoppages in protest against “anti-social behaviour and downright thuggery which has now gone well beyond a tipping point”.
Batteries 29-10-2021

Mining industry warns against Europe’s drive for raw material ‘autonomy’

Relying solely on raw materials sourced within Europe could incentivise the use of cheaper, non-recyclable batteries, increasing the need to mine virgin materials to power electric vehicles, industry has said.
Transport 26-10-2021

The world’s most valuable carmaker

In case it wasn’t clear already that the future of the automotive industry is electric, the latest news from the financial markets should dispel any doubt. Tesla, arguably the world’s preeminent electric vehicle company, is now valued at over $1 trillion.
Batteries 21-10-2021

Brussels defends EU battery law against charges from car industry

The European Commission has brushed off industry criticism that the upcoming EU battery regulation could raise the cost of electric vehicles, arguing that prices will fall thanks to increased manufacturing capacity ushered in by EU policies.
Batteries 20-10-2021

EU aims to dethrone Asia as world’s battery powerhouse

Brussels plans to wrest the title of global electric vehicle battery leader from Asia by supercharging Europe’s battery production and imposing strict green criteria that will make European products the de facto global standard.
Transport 19-10-2021

The last flight (l’ultimo volo)

Alitalia took its final flight last week, a short journey from the island of Sardinia to Rome. It was a muted end to an airline that exemplified Italian style - with uniforms designed by Giorgio Armani no-less - before drowning in an economic quagmire (largely of its own making).
Transport 12-10-2021

Making Europeans

The European Commission has announced it will give 60,000 young people interrail passes - will free train travel across the continent foster a generation of committed Europeans?
Transport 05-10-2021

Europe’s net-zero flying pledge goes global

Could flying one day be as eco-friendly as taking the train? The airline industry thinks so. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that global airlines will commit to achieving net zero flying by the middle of the century.
Batteries 05-10-2021

European battery law will set global standard for the car industry, EU says

Proposed EU legislation to ensure materials for batteries are sourced ethically and sustainably will push up global standards, making Europe a "trailblazer" in the field, the European Commission has said.
Biofuels 01-10-2021

Greening measures will add around 8% to airline costs, EU estimates

Environmental regulations aimed at cutting the carbon footprint of aviation will increase the cost of flying by around 8% by 2050, according to the European Commission.
Biofuels 30-09-2021

EU Commission, industry clash over green jet fuel mandate

The European Commission has strongly denied accusations that its proposed mandate to support sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) will lead to higher greenhouse gas emissions by diverting waste-based biofuels from the road sector.
Shipping 29-09-2021

Lack of green maritime fuels makes liquid natural gas a necessity says Commission

Liquid natural gas (LNG) is a necessary transitional fuel to decarbonise EU maritime activities as the available quantities of zero, or low-carbon fuels are currently insufficient, the European Commission has said.
Transport 28-09-2021

A neighbour in need: petrol crisis rocks the UK

The United Kingdom’s fuel crisis, complete with scenes of panicked motorists queuing at petrol pumps, has led to an oversupply of Schadenfreude in much of the EU.
Transport 21-09-2021

Another battle in the “War on Cars” plays out in the streets

Moves to promote sustainable urban mobility are often seen as evidence of an assault on motorists' right to drive. But if there is a war against cars, events like car-free day may well see enlistment numbers swell.
Transport 14-09-2021

Automation takes to the skies

It’s a well-worn narrative - taxi drivers will soon see their numbers decimated by the rise of self-driving cars. But while cabbies may lament the rise of the robots, what about airline pilots?
Aviation 14-09-2021

Pilots alarmed over Airbus plans for single-pilot aircraft

Improvements in automation technology may soon eliminate the need for a co-pilot in commercial flights, a disruptive development that has already sparked criticism from pilots and cabin crew groups on safety grounds.