Transport

22-09-2021

Greece tests drone drug delivery for remote regions

Greece on Tuesday (21 September) tested a drone to deliver medicines to isolated places in an environmentally friendly way, sending the unmanned vehicle to a 200-person village.
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.
21-09-2021

US to end travel bans for vaccinated passengers

The United States announced Monday (20 September) it will lift COVID travel bans on all air passengers in November if they are fully vaccinated and undergo testing and contact tracing.
Europe's East 17-09-2021

Ryanair eyes aggressive expansion in Ukraine, banks on migrant workers

Ryanair is planning aggressive expansion in Ukraine if the country joins the European Union's Open Skies deregulated aviation market in the coming months, Group Chief Executive Michael O'Leary said on Thursday (16 September).
Digital & Media 17-09-2021

MEPs push to shape working conditions of the gig economy

The European Parliament adopted by an overwhelming majority a resolution on social protection for platform workers, anticipating key parts of an upcoming EU legislative proposal expected to come out before the end of the year.
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.
10-09-2021

A third of trucks surpass air pollution limits in real-world conditions, study finds

Almost one third of trucks driving on Spanish roads surpassed the EU's legal emission limits for NO2, a harmful air pollutant, a study commissioned by the clean mobility NGO Transport & Environment (T&E) has found.
Global Europe 09-09-2021

EU takes Japan, Serbia and four other countries off COVID-safe travel list

European Union ambassadors on Wednesday (8 September) agreed to remove six countries, including Japan, from the bloc’s COVID safe travel list, meaning tourists entering could face restrictions, diplomats said. The move targeting non-essential travel from Japan, Serbia, Azerbaijan, Albania, Armenia,...
08-09-2021

German industry gears up for its next lobbying battle: the internal combustion engine

While German carmakers unveil their latest electric vehicles at the International Motor Show in Munich, the industry associations they are members of have made their position clear: the next German government must fight for the internal combustion engine at EU level.
08-09-2021

Intel to invest up to €80 billion in boosting EU chip capacity

Intel Corp on Tuesday (7 September) said it could invest as much as €80 billion in Europe over the next decade to boost the region's chip capacity and will open up its semiconductor plant in Ireland for automakers.
07-09-2021

The cycling elite – coming for your cars?

Somehow bicycles, which are relatively cheap and cost virtually nothing to run, have come to symbolise an eco-conscious elite, while cars, which are expensive and cost a lot to run, are seen as the choice of the people.
Electric vehicles 07-09-2021

VW’s electric push ‘can’t go any faster’, says CEO

Volkswagen chief executive Herbert Diess said Monday (6 September) it was "impossible" for the German car giant's electric transformation to happen any faster, but he accused Angela Merkel's government of holding back change with generous diesel subsidies.
Shipping 07-09-2021

Shipping industry proposes levy to speed up zero carbon future

Leading shipping associations have proposed creating a global levy on carbon emissions from ships to help speed up the industry's efforts to go greener.
Batteries 03-09-2021

Opel battery cell plant to get $500m German grant

Opel will receive a €437 million government grant for its battery cell factory in Kaiserslautern, Germany's economy ministry said on Thursday (2 September), as part of a wider European initiative to create a homegrown battery industry.
Biofuels 01-09-2021

EU biofuel reform plan risks undermining waste-based fuels: industry

The European Commission's proposal to halt advanced biofuels from being double-counted towards road transport energy targets would diminish the use of waste-based fuels in favour of cheaper crop-based biofuels, a leading industry organisation has told EURACTIV.
Shipping 01-09-2021

Maritime transport emissions must be cut sharply, EU agency says

Maritime transport emissions must be drastically cut further if the European Union hopes to become carbon neutral by 2050, the European Maritime Safety Agency warned Wednesday (1 September).
31-08-2021

Putting a price on flight shame

Those who travelled by plane over the summer break doubtlessly found that the airport experience – testing at the best of times – had an added soupçon of complexity, as EU countries sought to shield themselves against the still rampant virus with a wall of bureaucracy.
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Aviation 31-08-2021

Clean Aviation is gearing up for take-off

Aviation has a track record in energy efficiency gains that any industry would be proud of. Axel Krein is the Executive Director of Clean Sky 2 Joint Undertaking. Since the dawn of international aviation, it has become 97.5% more energy...
31-08-2021

FlixBus denounces competition restrictions in Spain, Greece and Romania

German bus transport company FlixBus has renewed calls for countries including Spain, Greece, Hungary, and Romania to open their markets to competition from long-distance buses, arguing that doing so will lower prices for consumers and offer a greener option to traveling by car.
Global Europe 31-08-2021

EU removes US, Western Balkan countries from COVID safe list for non-essential travel

The European Union on Monday (30 August) recommended that its member states reimpose travel restrictions on US tourists over rising covid infections in the country.
Energy 30-08-2021

‘Game-changer’ for geothermal energy as UK plant unlocks vast supply of lithium

A geothermal power plant in the UK has discovered the highest concentration of lithium ever found in geothermal fluid, opening the door to a new business model for the renewable energy source.
30-08-2021

UK mulls easing post-Brexit immigration rules to end truck driver shortage

British ministers will consider easing post-Brexit immigration rules to help end a shortage of truck drivers amid mounting pressure from supermarket chains, The Times newspaper reported.

Maersk orders eight large container ships to run on ‘carbon-neutral’ e-methanol

After announcing plans to operate a small carbon-neutral vessel by 2023, Danish shipping giant AP Moller-Maersk has ordered eight large ocean-going container vessels capable of running on 'green' e-methanol.