Transport & Environment

by Gaspard Granger, aviation and shipping policy assistant at T&E Three prominent names in global business – Richard Branson (Virgin CEO), Paul Polman (Unilever chief executive) and Mo Ibrahim (founder of Celtel, the African telecoms company) – were invited by the BBC World Service to discuss the role of big companies in the fight against… » read more

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This blogpost by Andrew Murphy, aviation policy officer at Transport & Environment, was first published by RTCC The gripping Solar Impulse flight, and the news that Airbus has patented a plane that can fly from Paris to Tokyo in under 3 hours, shows that 100 years after the Wright Brothers, the aviation industry remains one… » read more

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This comment by Jos Dings, director of Transport & Environment, was first published by EurActiv Clearly something has gone wrong with Europe’s attempts to stimulate cleaner forms of energy in transport. Over the last few months two key laws, initiated eight years ago with Commission proposals, and with a 2020 time horizon, were finally adopted.… » read more

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Carlos Calvo Ambel, policy analyst at Transport & Environment The pilot plan of Spain’s Ministry of Transport would encourage trucks to use the tolled highways. However, subsidising tolling companies that own the privatised roads in order to give trucks cheaper toll tariffs is an expensive and inefficient way of achieving a laudable objective: safer and… » read more

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by Bill Hemmings, aviation manager at Transport & Environment As the crowds admire all the new aircraft and high-tech displays at Paris Bourget this week, it’s important to remember that the aviation sector faces a serious and growing challenge if it is to adequately rise to the climate change challenge. International aviation emissions have grown… » read more

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by William Todts, transport programme manager, and Sofia Amaral, transport policy assistant, at T&E It’s true to say, as Grist.org’s Ben Adler does, that fuel taxes play a critical role in cleaning up road transport but we’re not in agreement that this necessarily makes road pricing a bad idea. From our perspective, we’d rather see… » read more

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by Jos Dings, director of Transport & Environment April 2015 will enter history as the month in which the EU reversed course on its energy policies in transport. It adopted its long-mooted reform of biofuels policy – especially regarding indirect land-use change (ILUC). The practical implications in the next years may not be so big.… » read more

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by Nusa Urbancic, energy programme manager at Transport & Environment The Fuel Quality Directive (FQD) was first proposed in early 2007 as part of the so-called “integrated approach”, to ensure that the oil industry would also contribute to the fight against climate change. Its implementation has been frequently and quietly delayed until the end of… » read more

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By Andrew Murphy, aviation policy officer at Transport & Environment Ending the generous tax exemptions aviation enjoys would create a level playing field between all transport modes, help meet our 2030 climate targets, and answer the EU’s call for a shift away from labour taxation. The Commission’s country-specific recommendations in its European Semester report last… » read more

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