Transport

27-01-2022

Britain’s 2021 car production falls to lowest since 1956

The number of cars made in Britain fell last year to the lowest since 1956, reflecting a major shortage of semiconductors used for electronic components, broader COVID disruptions and the closure of a Honda factory.
25-01-2022

Vălean’s valiant defence of the winter transport package

EU transport Commissioner Adina Vălean called in to the European Parliament's transport committee on Monday to answer questions on the Commission's winter mobility package.
24-01-2022

Volkswagen hits 2021 EU emissions target after 2020 miss

German car giant Volkswagen said Monday it beat the European Union's target for cutting carbon emissions on its new vehicles in 2021, having missed the mark last year.
Biofuels 21-01-2022

Lawmaker proposes raising EU green jet fuel target to 100% by 2050

A draft European Parliament report calls for greater ambition in the EU’s proposed green jet fuel law, including a higher percentage of mandatory sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for planes refuelling in the bloc.
Electric vehicles 18-01-2022

Europe’s EV drive comes with environmental, social risks, Stellantis CEO says

The European Commission's strategy to phase out combustion engines in favour of electric vehicles is a political choice that carries environmental and social risks, Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares said in an interview with European newspapers.
18-01-2022

The Transport Brief, powered by Ubitricity & Lightyear – ETS for road transport: support grows for controversial proposal

Among the Fit for 55 legislative proposals, a package not short on contentious measures, the extension of the ETS to road transport and buildings stood out as particularly divisive. But there are signs minds are changing.
Economy & Jobs 18-01-2022

Chip crisis pushes European car sales to new low

EU car sales fell to a new low last year as the auto sector was hobbled by the Covid pandemic and a shortage of computer chips, industry figures showed Tuesday (18 January). Registrations of new passenger cars in the EU...
Aerospace 18-01-2022

Major US airlines warn 5G could ground some planes, wreak havoc

The chief executives of major US passenger and cargo carriers on Monday (17 January) warned of an impending "catastrophic" aviation crisis in less than 36 hours, when AT&T and Verizon are set to deploy new 5G service.
Electric vehicles 14-01-2022

German transport minister backs electric cars in e-fuel debate

The debate over how best to decarbonise road transport has long pitched synthetic e-fuels against full electrification. In a policy shift, Germany’s transport minister has now said that electric cars have won the race in the EU.
Aviation 13-01-2022

Commission denies existence of ghost flights amid carrier concerns

Europe's use it or lose it airport slot rule has not created issues for airlines during the COVID-19 pandemic, nor is there any evidence of carriers operating ghost flights because of the rule, a senior European Commission official said on Thursday.
Electric vehicles 13-01-2022

Auto parts makers accused of obstructing EU climate policies

European auto parts makers are undermining efforts to decarbonise the transport sector by lobbying against climate-friendly EU policies, a new analysis by the climate thinktank InfluenceMap has claimed.
Shipping 13-01-2022

EU shipping plan leaves millions of tonnes of CO2 unregulated: study

European Commission proposals to bring shipping into the bloc's carbon market contain exclusions for small commercial and military vessels that would leave millions of tonnes of CO2 emissions unregulated, an NGO study showed on Thursday (13 January).
12-01-2022

Swiss slam brakes on subsidies for ‘con’ hybrid cars

A Swiss region has pulled subsidies for hybrid cars, citing a report which found they offered negligible emissions and fuel consumption advantages when tested on Alpine Switzerland's roads.
Aviation 12-01-2022

Ryanair and Lufthansa clash over EU’s airport slot rules

Two of Europe's largest airlines have revived a spat over the environmental impact of Europe's take-off slot rules, with Ryanair accusing Germany's Lufthansa of exploiting climate concerns to stifle competition.
Electric vehicles 11-01-2022

Tough EU car emission rules ‘necessary’, says leader of key German state

The European Union's proposed package of energy and climate laws received surprise backing from the leader of Baden-Württemberg, an influential German state which is renowned worldwide for its cutting-edge automotive industry.
11-01-2022

Cutting transport emissions in the shadow of COVID

By the end of 2022, the path that the EU intends to take to achieve low-carbon mobility promises to be much clearer.
06-01-2022

Pandemic, semiconductor shortage sees 2021 car production idle

Car manufacturing in the UK stalled last year due to pandemic woes, including a global semiconductor shortage, despite demand for greener electric vehicles soaring, industry data showed Thursday (6 January).
Economy & Jobs 05-01-2022

EU under pressure on ‘ghost flights’

The European Union is under increasing pressure to further ease rules on airport take-off and landing slots to cut the number of "ghost flights" airlines are running to retain them.
28-12-2021

2022: Choosing a shade of green for the EU’s transport sector

The ‘Fit for 55’ climate laws package and COVID transport disruptions are set to dominate EU transport policy debates once again in 2022, as the EU seeks to deepen progress on the green files while grappling with the mobility impact of the resurgent virus.
Aviation 27-12-2021

For third day, COVID-19 crimps Americans’ holiday travels

US airlines cancelled more than 1,300 flights on Sunday (26 December) as COVID-19 thinned out the number of available crews, while several cruise ships had to cancel stops after outbreaks on board, upending the plans of thousands of Christmas travelers.
Aerospace 27-12-2021

James Webb telescope sets off on million-mile voyage

The world's most powerful space telescope on Saturday (25 December) blasted off into orbit, headed to an outpost 1.5 million kilometres from Earth, after several delays caused by technical hitches.
Aviation 24-12-2021

More than 2.000 Christmas Eve flights cancelled amid Omicron surge

United Airlines and Delta Air Lines have cancelled hundreds of Christmas Eve flights, as the spreading COVID-19 Omicron variant takes a toll on its flight crews and other workers.
Energy 22-12-2021

17% of new trucks in 2030 will run on hydrogen, EU believes

Hydrogen has had a busy year, concluded at the European Hydrogen Week in December with the re-launch of the EU’s public private partnership and EU transport commissioner Adina Vălean outlining her vision for hydrogen-based transport in the EU.
21-12-2021

Interesting times ahead

From an EU policy perspective, 2021 saw climate change take centre stage. In the transport sector, policy debates revolved around how to cut Europe’s notoriously high mobility emissions without severely harming industries or curtailing movement.