A new report from the European Court of Auditors says €28 billion in EU funds didn't do enough to boost the share of freight shipped on railways—instead, that figure dropped despite beefed up investments.
Pressure is mounting on manufacturers to lower carbon dioxide emissions from trucks, buses and coaches. The European Commission is planning to introduce the first EU-wide standards to measure CO2 from heavy duty vehicles this summer, as a first step to regulate emissions.
The Brenner Pass between Austria and Italy is suffering under the weight of congestion, as more and more heavy traffic rolls into the Alpine valley. After the jubilation at the COP21 summit in Paris, the Tirol region hopes that traffic will be limited. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Good progress has been made on transport safety and security in the last four years, according to Violeta Bulc. But more work lies ahead when it comes to pricing, taxation and modal integration relying on digitised information systems, she said.
Urban freight is responsible for approximately 25 percent of urban transport related CO2 emissions and 30 to 50 percent of other transport related pollutants such as particulate matters (PM) and Nitrogen Oxide (NOx).
The German government suffered a defeat on Thursday (18 June) when the European Commission launched a challenge to its planned road toll. Federal Minister of Transport Alexander Dobrindt defended the proposal, saying it was a matter of national sovereignty.
The European Commission intends to launch infringement proceedings against Germany this week over the country’s passenger car tolls, causing Transportation Minister Alexander Dobrindt to attack the “sweeping criticism from Brussels”. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Late Monday (23 March) night, the German government agreed on adjustments to the planned law for passenger car tolling, including changes that accommodate the concerns of the European Commission. EURACTIV Germany reports.
The Social Democratic Party called for caution concerning Germany’s planned passenger car tolls, and hopes to review them once more, while Transportation Minister Alexander Dobrindt defended the toll as fair and modern. EURACTIV Germany reports.
The global picture is clear: both demand for surface transport and resulting CO2 emissions are going to skyrocket by 2050. Even for those who analyse transport on a daily basis the figures are startling – an increase of up to 110% in carbon emissions from passenger transport and up to a whopping 600% from freight, says transport expert.