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#HybridCars ‘must have #PGM to combat #ClimateChange’

#HybridCars ‘must have #PGM to combat #ClimateChange’

| July 2, 2019

The EU has been warned it will be “impossible” to combat climate change unless hybrid cars equipped with platinum group metals (PGM) are used “extensively” in the coming years. Brussels is currently trying win backing for its stated goal of being “carbon neutral” by 2050. An EU summit earlier this month failed to win EU-wide support […]

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Top EU court backs Brussels citizens’ right to #CleanAir

Top EU court backs Brussels citizens’ right to #CleanAir

| June 27, 2019

Europe’s top court has backed Brussels citizens and ClientEarth in their fight for clean air in the Belgian capital with a judgment on 26 June. The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) was asked by a Brussels judge to look at two aspects of ClientEarth’s case, which it has taken with five of the city’s […]

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#StateAid – Commission approves €431 million public support for #CleanerTransport in #Germany

#StateAid – Commission approves €431 million public support for #CleanerTransport in #Germany

| June 20, 2019

The European Commission has found German plans to support the retrofitting of municipal and commercial diesel vehicles to be in line with EU state aid rules. The measure should contribute to reducing nitrogen oxides emissions by 1,450 tonnes per year, while limiting distortions of competition. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “Tackling air pollution […]

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#CleanMobility – Commission tables proposal on car emissions testing in real driving conditions

#CleanMobility – Commission tables proposal on car emissions testing in real driving conditions

| June 17, 2019

In response to a ruling by the General Court, today the Commission proposes to reinsert certain aspects of Real Driving Emissions testing (RDE) into legislation to be adopted by the European Parliament and Council.  The European Commission has been very active in promoting air quality, fighting climate change and supporting a shift to clean mobility. Actions include […]

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Britain should strengthen climate goal to #NetZeroEmissions by 2050 – advisers

Britain should strengthen climate goal to #NetZeroEmissions by 2050 – advisers

| May 3, 2019

Britain should commit to a net zero greenhouse gas emissions target by 2050, government climate advisers said, a goal that could require phasing out new petrol and diesel cars by at least 2035 and a 20% cut in beef and lamb consumption, write Susanna Twidale and Nina Chestney. Their recommendations came in a report released […]

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#EUVehicleEmissions laws improved since #Dieselgate, but challenges remain, warn auditors

#EUVehicleEmissions laws improved since #Dieselgate, but challenges remain, warn auditors

| February 8, 2019

EU laws on vehicle emissions have been improved since the Dieselgate scandal, but challenges remain, according to a new Briefing Paper from the European Court of Auditors. The auditors welcome the improvements in market surveillance but point out that its effectiveness depends on implementation by the member states. They also warn that manufacturers may find […]

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#COP24 – Poland, Europe, and coal: trolling or misunderstanding?

#COP24 – Poland, Europe, and coal: trolling or misunderstanding?

| December 18, 2018

From the outset of the COP24, international media coverage has harshly criticized the event’s Polish hosts for their “provocative” spotlighting of Poland’s coal industry and broader “coal addiction”. The controversies in Katowice have re-ignited tensions between Poland and the European Union over emissions targets, energy transitions, and the country’s enduring reliance on coal power. Beneath […]

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