Comments on: European cities take Commission to court over air quality in landmark case https://www.euractiv.com/section/air-pollution/news/european-cities-take-commission-to-court-over-air-quality-in-landmark-case/ EU news and policy debates across languages Tue, 28 Aug 2018 21:27:57 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 By: Mike Parr https://www.euractiv.com/section/air-pollution/news/european-cities-take-commission-to-court-over-air-quality-in-landmark-case/#comment-334289 Fri, 18 May 2018 15:13:08 +0000 https://www.euractiv.com/?post_type=news&p=1238785#comment-334289 “but accuse the institution of giving car manufacturers too much time to adapt to real driving emissions (RDE) tests”
The EC and the EU institutions in general have “form” on this subject going back more than 20 years. The 1990s saw Euro OEMs commit to “voluntary undertakings” to reduce CO2 emissions. No result & null points. This then led to the Cars & CO2 regulation which was heavily diluted by Euro OEM lobbying activity wrt member states. Cars & CO2 II – the non-movie will likewise fail to even halt the rise of road transport CO2 (& other) emissions. Note: reduced CO2 emissions will generally lead to reduced NOX etc emissions.

In fairness part of the problem has been caused by the promotion and sale of SUVs also known as “wanks” which are heavier and have greater fuel consumption. The other feature of wanks is that they have better margins – which leaves more money for the Euro OEMs to “massage” what passes for the “EU political elite”.

The current situation is as a result of city politicos being given the poisoned chalice of transport emissions and told to “sort it”. One thing that will flow from the above is conventional political thinking = gigantism = build more of it i.e. public transport. This may prove to be difficult – for example – Brussels and the surrounding communes are still farting around with an RER project – which is “sort of built” but (pot du vin?) money has run out.

I don’t normally give free advice but pity for the mental pygmies landed with this problem coupled to a sunny day has cause my charitable sub-routine to up-load automatically. More years ago than I care to remember (10?) Euractive published a letter by me profiling the use of commune-based teleworking as a solution which could deliver a 40% reduction in weekly journeys to the usual place of work.

People in the EC in DG Infosoc (as was) rubbished the proposal, followed shortly afterwards by a grovelling apology to me when they & I attended a meeting where Cisco, outlined a large project in Amsterdam doing exactly what I proposed. Of course this did not make a blind bit of difference = the idea of commune teleworking never gained traction. Political laziness or stupidity? you chose.

Well there we are – an approach that will work, will work quickly and will cost peanuts compared to other approaches. I have no optimism that anyone will listen – let alone any politico – frankly I doubt that they have the mental capacity to even understand.

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By: anders https://www.euractiv.com/section/air-pollution/news/european-cities-take-commission-to-court-over-air-quality-in-landmark-case/#comment-334283 Fri, 18 May 2018 07:47:24 +0000 https://www.euractiv.com/?post_type=news&p=1238785#comment-334283 Now let me get it right. The GONGO European Environmental Bureau is proud of the Commission’s action on cities OR are they both pampering the autocar industry? It would be interesting to find out how many millions does Mrs Merkel give to NGOs in Germany…….

From the GONGO’s news “BREAKING: EU governments in the dock after air quality breaches on a ‘continental scale’
The European Commission today announced that six EU governments will be sent to court for their persistent breaches of EU air quality laws.”

“For the first time major Western European countries will be sent to the European Court of Justice for failing to meet EU limits on air pollution”

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By: anders https://www.euractiv.com/section/air-pollution/news/european-cities-take-commission-to-court-over-air-quality-in-landmark-case/#comment-334282 Fri, 18 May 2018 07:34:27 +0000 https://www.euractiv.com/?post_type=news&p=1238785#comment-334282 Oh yes Mr Vella! Where are your wolf teeth now? You suddenly became a pussy German Shepperd, cuttled by the car industry!!! Just the same with the Climate policy that found the solution of ‘lighter cars’ for GHG….

And the GONGOs like the European Environmental Bureau that take 2BILLION euros from the Commission, the Birdlife international, etc…where are those laborious greenwashers of the automotive industry?

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