About: Green transport

Electric cars 10-04-2017

EU funds go begging as Greece remains indifferent to electromobility

The state’s indifference to absorb EU funding combined with unfair tax treatment has left Greece lagging behind in green transports, industry representatives told EURACTIV Greece.
Biofuels 24-02-2017

Loaded terms in the bioeconomy

The use of emotionally misleading terms needs to be avoided if we are to have efficient policies, writes Zoltán Szabó.
Transport 02-12-2016

Britain paves way for electric vehicles, green aviation

British transport is set for a significant low-carbon boost with several new Government consultations and funding schemed announced over the past few days in a bid to drive a green transport overhaul.
Transport 11-10-2016

Ethanol makers criticise the EU’s ‘biased’ transport decarbonisation goals

The European Commission is in denial concerning the contribution of conventional ethanol to the EU's transport decarbonisation goals post-2020, according to European ethanol producers.
Transport 13-07-2015

Europe needs a clean break for cleaner fuels

The technology-neutral policy for clean transport fuel is dead. Clean electricity must be put at the heart of EU transport policy, argues Jos Dings. 
Transport 24-06-2015

What is the formula for electrifying the EU’s transport sector?

This week (25 June), Parliament's Environment Committee will debate reducing air pollution from cars. Member states should draw lessons from Norway, writes Teodora Serafimova.
Transport 16-02-2015

Solvik-Olsen: Norway leads on electric cars

Norway has the world's best incentives for buying electric cars. But a zero-emission vehicles' strategy might not work in EU countries with a strong automobile industry, said Norwegian Transport Minister Ketil Solvik-Olsen.
Transport 03-02-2015

Kallas: Europe must reduce subsidies to transport

EU governments pour too much public money into obsolete enterprises and thereby keep low-quality transport services going when they should not be allowed to do so, said Siim Kallas in an interview reflecting on his legacy as Commission Vice-President in the Barroso II team.
Transport 26-09-2014

Proposal on pollution controls for non-road machinery is out

Stakeholders stick to their guns upon reviewing the Commission’s proposal to curb pollution from agricultural and road construction machinery.
A combine harvester at work

Air pollution rules for ‘non-road mobile machinery’

Noxious emissions from everyday cars and trucks have long been regulated at European level. But the European Commission believes pollution from so-called non-road mobile machinery – which includes everything from bulldozers to chainsaws – is a problem and is proposing new emission limits on them.
Transport 30-01-2014

London Mayor protests UK block on EU ‘safe lorries’ law

The mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has written to the British transport minister, Stephen Hammond, protesting British opposition to "safe lorries" legislation in the European Parliament that could save hundreds of cyclists’ lives every year.
Energy 09-10-2013

Europe must avoid tarring and feathering itself

All signs point towards growing interest in importing more tar sands-based fuels to Europe. While Europe is regulating carmakers to make more fuel-efficient cars, it should also ensure that the fuels their engines run on are not getting dirtier, writes Nusa Urbancic.
Transport 12-03-2013

EU’s clean transport dream faces familiar speed bumps

Plans to kick-start Europe’s low carbon vehicles industry with a huge infrastructure package ran into retro roadblocks at a meeting of EU transport ministers yesterday (11 March), with member states bemoaning the use of public funds to reach ambitious targets.
Climate change 27-02-2013

Poto?nik makes song and dance about traffic pollution

Smoggy roads can be enough to make anyone scream, but they have also inspired Environment Commissioner Janez Poto?nik to offer to write a song and perform it on stage in front of 1,000 people.
Transport 28-01-2013

Brussels mandates roll-out of electric-car ‘recharging points’

The EU has pledged a huge expansion of infrastructure for electric vehicles with binding targets to multiply the number of Europe’s charging stations, part of a new strategy to kickstart Europe’s low-carbon automotive industry.
Transport 18-01-2013

Green cars legislation faces ‘dilution’, says Irish presidency

Tough new EU carbon dioxide emissions targets for cars are facing "dilution" due to heavy pushback from member states with strong auto-industry lobbies, such as Germany, according to an Irish presidency source, who was speaking on condition of anonymity at a press briefing on 16 January.
Climate change 12-09-2012

MEPs OK law on cutting sulphur content in shipping fuels

The European Parliament has approved legislation to slash sulphur levels in shipping fuels, a move environmentalists say will help prevent thousands of deaths linked to maritime pollution.
Transport 03-04-2012

The lessons of London’s bicycle network

Lack of central coordination and inconsistency between mayoral terms have undermined London's bicycle network, says Shin-pei Tsay of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
Transport 02-11-2010

EU’s new transport strategy to put price on pollution

The European Commission wants to make transport users pay for emissions, noise and other harm they cause as part of proposals laid down in a draft White Paper on Transport, seen by EURACTIV.
Transport 06-09-2010

Finland eyes world’s first ‘green highway’

The Nordic country is planning to build a carbon-neutral highway, placing filling stations for electric and biofuel-powered cars, smart lighting systems and clean energy production facilities along the route.
Transport 28-04-2010

Brussels pushes for electric cars

The European Commission has approved a new strategy to promote clean and energy-efficient vehicles in the EU, primarily focusing on the role of electric cars rather than biofuel-powered vehicles.
Transport 05-02-2010

EU ‘wise men’ chief wants more rail, less road

Rail is the perfect answer to respond to the challenge of greening passenger and freight transport, said Felipe González, chairman of the reflection group on the future of Europe beyond 2020.
Transport 25-08-2009

Electric cars: On the road to greener transport?

Significant progress has been made in developing electric cars, but critics complain that the distance these vehicles can cover is still too short and much work is needed to prepare electricity infrastructure for radical change.
Transport 15-06-2009

Ministers reiterate support for green railway transport

EU transport ministers yesterday (11 June) paved the way to make rail freight transportation more attractive, as a way of reducing pollution and traffic on European roads.