Transport

Railways 20-10-2020

The Channel Tunnel: the other Brexit border?

On 8 October 2020, the European Parliament approved legislation to ensure safe Channel Tunnel operations post-Brexit transition. In addition to COVID-19, Brexit will have far-reaching consequences for cross-Channel border connections. History highlights what is at stake.
Aviation 25-09-2020

Aviation is an irreplaceable force for good in the world

Aviation’s precious role in society is at risk, as borders remain closed and influential voices in Europe call for permanent curbs on flying, warns Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury.
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25-09-2020

Strengthening road safety aspects of European Roadworthiness Package

Since relevant components of vehicles during their service life continuously deteriorate, it is necessary to carry out periodic vehicle inspections in Europe, adapted to the level of susceptibility of use, in order to ensure long-term road safety and low emissions.
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10-09-2020

The (necessary) rise of LNG

LNG is an acronym that serves as shorthand for Liquified Natural Gas. Today, together with CNG (Compressed Natural Gas), it is the futureproof transport fuel for which vehicles and infrastructure are already largely available, affordable, and most importantly, have the lowest emissions.
08-09-2020

Europe must lead on electrifying urban mobility

Without bold and fast action to transform the way we move around in our cities, we will be unable to avoid the worst impacts of climate change and air pollution, warn Anabel Diaz and William Todts, as ride-hailing firm Uber announces a new global zero-emission goal.
Electric vehicles 04-09-2020

Freedom to roam – first your phone, now your car?

The European Commission has reiterated its ambition to roll out at least one million public electric vehicle charging stations over the next 5 years. But how can the EU ensure that consumers really benefit wherever they are in Europe? One of the keys to success lies in e-roaming, argues Kristof Vereenooghe.  
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Are all renewable aviation fuels equally sustainable?

A recent European Commission inception impact assessment on “ReFuelEU Aviation” presents ideas about a future EU law to promote renewable aviation fuels, labelled as “Sustainable” Aviation Fuels (SAF). These offer a legitimate way to reduce GHG emissions and deserve our...
Shipping 24-08-2020

A roadmap to cut shipping emissions in the Mediterranean

An emission control area for sulphur oxides in the Mediterranean is not a panacea, but it would open new possibilities for the region’s future while contributing to its health, writes Gaetano Leone.
Coronavirus 19-08-2020

Is there a link between air pollution and the coronavirus?

Early signs suggest the spread of COVID-19 is facilitated by air pollution, and if so, why not clean the air by using alternative fuels, such as ethanol?, writes Angela Tin and Zoltán Szabó. Angela Tin is from the American Lung...

We won’t get there without sustainable biofuels

It is common knowledge by now: transport is and stays a big greenhouse gas (GHG) emitter in the EU and worldwide. It accounted for 27% of EU-28 total emissions in 2017, and the sector runs almost entirely on fossil fuel. David Chiaramonti and Giacomo Talluri explain how this can be curbed.
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Ammonia: The other hydrogen

The EU hydrogen strategy opens the a new era of the low carbon economy. Fertilizer producers are among the biggest producers and users of hydrogen in Europe and low carbon ammonia could be used as maritime shipping fuel and to store energy.
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Green Finance Taxonomy: sustainable opportunities for transport

The recent adoption of the Taxonomy Regulation by the European Parliament marks the last legislative step for creating the world’s first classification of sustainable economic activities. It is expected to leverage on private investments to set in motion the transformation of the EU economic activities, transport systems included. A rational roadmap to implement available solutions without risky shortcuts is not planned yet.
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13-07-2020

The European Aviation Network – A European Solution to Keep Passengers Connected

More than ever, reliable connectivity is important. Europe’s airline passengers increasingly now remain connected when they fly. EAN, provided by a European consortium combining Inmarsat and Deutsche Telekom’s capabilities, and built on DG CONNECT’s spectrum work, makes this possible.
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06-07-2020

View on the development of a new vehicle emission standard in Europe: EURO 7/VII

The challenges that we face today are not only technical, but behavioural too. The tampering of the emissions control system is jeopardising efforts to have clean combustion engines and cybersecurity will be without doubt an issue in the coming years.
03-07-2020

The Brief – Air EU is now ready for boarding

Europe’s airlines are set to get more than €30 billion in coronavirus-busting aid. But do we really need so many flyers? And wouldn’t the EU be better off setting up its own carrier?
Road charging 02-07-2020

EU’s ‘Mobility Package’ will negatively impact citizens, climate and the economy

Transport ministers from nine EU countries are calling upon the European Parliament to make adjustments to the first Mobility Package in order to take into account fair competition, EU climate policy objectives and the single market, as well as new socio-economic realities post COVID-19.
Future of mobility 01-07-2020

Why post-Covid stimulus plans must make travel more sustainable

Stimulus plans should make mobility more sustainable, and electrifying shared rides can help, writes Maya Ben Dror.
Batteries 25-06-2020

Is nickel sustainable in electrical vehicle batteries?

Electric vehicles are becoming more popular and attractive as prices fall and charging infrastructure becomes more widespread. Dr Mark Mistry explains what factors affect the sustainability of one of the most important ingredients in a car's battery: nickel.
Electric vehicles 23-06-2020

Germany’s EU presidency: A chance to boost electric cars at home and abroad

Germany’s six-month-long stint at the helm of the EU Council Presidency will see it preside over talks on the Commission’s planned €750 billion recovery fund. Stef Cornelis explains why Berlin should ensure those talks result in a green agreement between...
Future of mobility 22-06-2020

Bikes and trains, the tandem to tackle the climate crisis

Bicycles and trains have become the mobility keystone of the ‘new normal’ with great potential for the green European recovery. The EU must ensure they go hand-in-hand, according to the European Cyclists Federation.
Railways 22-06-2020

Trains vital to virus recovery, passenger rights shouldn’t be left at the station

Europe's railways are due a resurgence thanks to a combination of increased climate and health awareness. But the rules governing train travel need serious review in order to convince people to ride the rail instead of choosing the car or to fly, writes Ursula Pachl.
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Economy & Jobs 17-06-2020

How will we travel tomorrow? Discover the world after COVID-19

How do we come out of this crisis as a society that has learned from its errors and difficult moments? How do we achieve balance between urgent sustainability and economic recovery?
Agrifood 05-06-2020

Biomass can contribute to sector integration in Green Deal

Member states can integrate their Energy and Climate plans into the Common Agricultural Policy to develop sustainable and resource-efficient biomass value chains, write David Chiaramonti and Calliope Panoutsou. Sector integrated biomass policies at national level will facilitate prioritisation within geographic...
Air Quality 05-06-2020

Lifting the haze: Why air pollution action doesn’t stop at cars

As Germany faces a national lawsuit on air pollution, Ugo Taddei asks: should other countries worry?
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