Parliament's inquiry committee into car emissions measurements continues its investigation this week by questioning industry representatives as well as former Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas. Committee chair Kathleen Van Brempt, a Belgian member of the S&D group, also takes part in a Facebook live session on Thursday (14 July) from 14h CET, giving you the chance to ask her everything you wanted to know about this investigation.
After Volkswagen admitted to cheating emissions tests in the EU, the European Parliament decided on 2 March 2016 to set up an inquiry committee to investigate if there was an issue with emission measurements in the car industry.So far the committee has heard from representatives from various academic institutes, trade associations and non-governmental organizations. It has already published an interim report on the work done so far as well as a plan on what it plans to do for the final six months of its one-year term. The committee votes on the interim report on Wednesday 13 July while all MEPs are expected to debate and vote on it during the September plenary in Strasbourg.
This week's hearings
Representatives from Renault and Volkwagen are questioned by the committee on Wednesday from 9h CET. Representatives from Mitsubishi and the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) are heard the following day from 9h CET and former Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas from 15h.
Finding out more
To find out more, to take part in our live session with committee chair Kathleen Van Brempt on Parliament's Facebook page on Thursday, 14 July at 14h CET. You can ask questions by writing them in the comments section.
Powering a climate-neutral economy: Commission sets out plans for the energy system of the future and clean hydrogen, and launches the #EuropeanCleanHydrogenAlliance
To become climate-neutral by 2050, Europe needs to transform its energy system, which accounts for 75% of the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions. The EU strategies for energy system integration and hydrogen, adopted today (8 July), will pave the way towards a more efficient and interconnected energy sector, driven by the twin goals of a cleaner planet and a stronger economy.
The two strategies present a new clean energy investment agenda, in line with the Commission’s Next Generation EU recovery package and the European Green Deal. The planned investments have the potential to stimulate the economic recovery from the coronavirus crisis. They create European jobs and boost our leadership and competitiveness in strategic industries, which are crucial to Europe’s resilience.
To help deliver on this Strategy, the Commission is launching today the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance with industry leaders, civil society, national and regional ministers and the European Investment Bank. The Alliance will build up an investment pipeline for scaled-up production and will support demand for clean hydrogen in the EU. The alliance will be built on the principles of cooperation, inclusiveness and transparency. The focus of the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance is on renewable hydrogen, complemented during a transition period by low-carbon hydrogen with very ambitious CO2 emission reductions compared to fossil-based hydrogen.The European Clean Hydrogen Alliance launch event will be live streamed here at 16h00.
- Press release
- Q&A on the EU Energy System Integration Strategy
- Q&A on the EU Hydrogen Strategy
- Factsheets on the EU Energy System Integration Strategy, the EU Hydrogen Strategy and the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance
- Videos on the EU Energy System Integration and EU Hydrogen Strategy
Follow the press conference by Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal Timmermans and Commissioner for Energy Simson live on EbS.
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Clarkson calls eco warrior #GretaThunberg 'spoilt brat'
Jeremy Clarkson (pictured) has weighed into eco-activist Greta Thunberg, calling her a “spoilt brat”.
Greta, 16, told the United Nations her childhood had been ruined by global changing.
She said: “I shouldn’t be up here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean.
“Yet you all come to us for hope.
“How dare you.
“You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words.”
Clarkson said: “How dare you sail to America on a carbon fibre yacht that you didn’t build which cost £15million, that you didn’t earn, and which has a back-up diesel engine that you didn’t mention.
“We gave you mobile phones and laptops and the internet.
“We created the social media you use every day and we run the banks that pay for it all.
“So how dare you stand there and lecture us, you spoilt brat.”
He claimed science will solve the earth’s problem “not scowling and having screaming ab-dabs every five minutes”.
He concluded: “So be a good girl, shut up and let them get on with it.”
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