Transport

24-11-2020

Dog kennels in space, MAX power & shipwreck déjà vu

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The European Commission's Intellectual Property action plan will seek to promote the increased sharing of intellectual property-protected data, a draft of the strategy obtained by EURACTIV reveals.
Digital 23-11-2020

Commission charts increased data sharing in leaked IP strategy

The European Commission's Intellectual Property action plan will seek to promote the increased sharing of intellectual property-protected data, a draft of the strategy obtained by EURACTIV reveals.
Outer space 23-11-2020

Europe’s sea-level surveying satellite successfully launches

A European-built satellite designed to precisely measure sea levels successfully made it into orbit on Saturday (21 November), helping the EU's Copernicus fleet of eyes-in-the-sky grow in size and provide a fresh set of climate-relevant data.
Aviation 23-11-2020

EU regulator to approve Boeing MAX’s return in January

Europe is set to lift its flight ban on the Boeing 737 MAX passenger jetliner in January after US regulators last week ended a 20-month grounding triggered by two fatal crashes.

EU Commission drafts world’s first ‘green list’ for sustainable investment

The European Commission on Friday (20 November) launched "the world’s first ever ‘green-list’" of sustainable economic activities for private investors by publishing draft guidelines under the EU's green finance taxonomy.
Agrifood 17-11-2020

Policymakers urged to support biofuels to meet transport’s green goals

Governments around the world need to urgently address this year's 11.6% drop in biofuel output, caused by the pandemic, in order to meet transport’s decarbonisation goals, the head of the renewable energy division at the International Energy Agency (IEA) told EURACTIV in an interview.
17-11-2020

Flying fuel frenzy, year of the train & Captain Boar

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Outer space 17-11-2020

European space rocket launch fails minutes after takeoff

A European space rocket failed minutes after taking off with the loss of both satellites it was carrying, its operator said Tuesday (17 November).
Energy 16-11-2020

UK set to move petrol and diesel ban forward to 2030

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to move the ban on sales of new petrol and diesel cars forward to 2030, as part of a raft of new policy announcements to drive the UK towards its net-zero target. EURACTIV's media partner edie.net reports.
Aviation 13-11-2020

Dutch government decides to hike air travel tax

The Netherlands will impose an air passenger tax in 2021 and it decided on Friday (13 November) to hike the previously announced €7 charge per person to €7.45. Planned levies on cargo flights will be cancelled.
Railways 13-11-2020

2021 on track to be ‘European Year of Rail’

Next year will be designated the 'European Year of Rail', after EU negotiators agreed on Thursday (12 November) to back a train-travel-boosting plan. 
Aviation 13-11-2020

SAF success stories reveal air travel’s green flightpath

Boosting the use of greener jet-fuel is both a regulatory and an operational challenge. Airports, airlines and manufacturers have all shown interest in sustainable aviation fuels (SAFs) and are starting to use them more and more. Here are some of the success stories so far.
Aviation 12-11-2020

Aviation awaits game-changing EU jet fuel plan

The European Commission will soon unveil its ‘ReFuelEU’ initiative, aimed at ratcheting up the amount of sustainable fuel used in aviation. The scheme is eagerly awaited as cheaper access to greener fuels could help reduce air travel’s carbon emissions.

LEAK: Only zero-emission cars will win EU green investment label

From January 2026, all cars sold in Europe will need to emit zero grams of CO2 per kilometre in order to be considered "sustainable" under the EU's green finance taxonomy, according to a leaked draft seen by EURACTIV.
Energy 09-11-2020

Norway plans heavy oil ban around Svalbard

The Norwegian government has announced plans to ban heavy fuel oil (HFO), a dirty marine fuel that propels most vessels, around its Svalbard archipelago in the Arctic Ocean. The effort comes as UN efforts have been deemed too slow.
Aviation 09-11-2020

Thirst in flight: Aviation’s demand for greener fuels set to take off

The environmental impact of flying may have decreased in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic but sustainability is still on the radar of the industry, which is increasingly eyeing greener fuels as a way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Aviation 06-11-2020

Lufthansa to debut virus-free flights

German airline Lufthansa will offer customers on select flights the option of a free coronavirus test prior to departure, as part of a pilot scheme aimed at perfecting new hygiene protocols and operating "100% negative tested passengers".
Aviation 06-11-2020

Air travel’s date with sustainability draws nearer

Aviation is gearing up for big changes in how the industry is regulated, as climate targets bite. The options available to decarbonise planes are plentiful and the challenge now is to invest enough resources in tech upgrades and regulatory tweaks to get the job done.
06-11-2020

Selmayr defends EU Commission in German ‘toll debacle’ case

The European Commission is not responsible for the highway toll debacle, Martin Selmayr, the head of the European Commission Representation in Austria, said on Thursday (5 November). EURACTIV Germany reports.

EU urged to correct transport decarbonisation ‘anomaly’ to reach climate targets

The EU should scale up the use of sustainable renewable fuels in road transport if Europe’s ambitions for a decarbonised economy are to become a reality by 2050, stakeholders have said.
Aviation 05-11-2020

EU bank mulls ban on cash for airport expansions

The European Investment Bank (EIB) could withdraw support for new airports, according to a draft climate roadmap seen by EURACTIV. However, the bank is set to keep funding motorways, as well as approving investments under the old rules until 2022.
03-11-2020

Emissions pooling, cetacean station & closing time, James

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03-11-2020

Carmakers turn to creative bookkeeping to meet EU CO2 goals

Car manufacturers are shelling out millions of euros on so-called pooling agreements with rival firms in an attempt to avoid big EU fines for missing CO2 reduction targets. Fiat-Chrysler, Ford, Honda and others have so far brokered deals.
Aviation 30-10-2020

Berlin’s new airport set for Halloween opening

Berlin Brandenburg airport will open its doors for the first time on Saturday (31 October), a decade late and billions of euros over budget. The ill-fated hub is opening for business at an inauspicious time for aviation.
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