Back to the smog cloud: Madrid protests
In Madrid on Saturday, thousands of protestors took to the streets to demand the reinstatement of the city’s anti-pollution laws. Madrid’s newly-elected conservative Mayor has decided to reverse the “Madrid Central” anti-pollution plan that was brought in by his predecessor only last November.
EU states set binding CO2 limits for trucks and buses
The first European CO2 emission standards for trucks and other heavy commercial vehicles have now been set: the European Council’s formal adoption of the regulation was the final step in the procedure after the EU Parliament had passed the CO2 targets in April.
VW aiming for 22 million electric cars by 2030
The Volkswagen Group has just announced that over the next ten years it will build 22 million electric vehicles on company-owned electric-platforms, which means some seven million more than previously planned. It will also increase the number of electric models.
EU agrees on CO2 targets for trucks for the first time
Negotiators from the European Parliament and the Council have now agreed that the average CO2 emissions of new trucks and buses from 2030 must be 30 per cent lower than in 2019. An interim target of 15 per cent is to be introduced for 2025, given the provisional agreement goes through.
The Norway factor in CO2 emissions
Despite Norway not being a part of the European Union, they will be included in the overall CO2 emissions figures with their European neighbours. And not only that, electric vehicles sold in Norway count twice when it comes to fleet emissions.
Luxemburg upgrades e-mobility subsidies
The Luxembourg government has restructured its electromobility subsidies this year. The previous model of tax relief has been replaced by a new system with targeted subsidies. The premiums amount to 5,000 for electric cars and 2,500 for PHEVs. Moreover, all types of smaller electric vehicles can expect some funding too.
London against pollution and congestion
London tackles air pollution with further restrictions and subsidies. Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London and Transport for London (TfL) have made changes to the congestion charge that applies to central London roads. PHEVs and private hire vehicles such as Uber cars will lose their exemption after 2021.
New EU laws make Volkswagen ramp up on EVs
In the light of new EU laws on CO2 emissions for passenger cars, Volkswagen has had to rethink its electrification policy and produce more EVs than planned. This means more EV models and more manufacturing plants.
EU agrees on 37.5% CO2 reduction for cars by 2030
EU negotiators finally agreed on CO2 emission rules for cars and vans and the deal is a true compromise. CO2 emissions from new cars will have to decrease by 37.5% by 2030 and 31% for vans, which is slightly above the expected 35%. Yet, punitive measures connected to the number of plug-ins sold, otherwise typical […]
EU lawmakers push for stricter CO2 regulation
A majority of EU Parliamentarians backed a more ambitious target to cut CO2 emissions from cars and vans. MEPs voted for a 40 percent target by 2030, thus setting the stage for tough negotiations with national governments and introducing an EV sales quota through the backdoor.
EU Parliament ready to tighten rules for CO2 cuts
More ambitious carbon dioxide reduction targets have been backed by the Environmental Committee of the EU Parliament. MEPs voted to reduce emissions of cars and vans by 45 percent by 2030 and set an interim goal of 20 percent reduction by 2025.
EU pushes to cut CO2 emission from trucks by 30%
The call to cut CO2 emissions continues with the EU now explicitly targeting trucks for the first time. Greenhouse gas emission by transport’s heavy weights is to be reduced by 30 percent by 2030, a draft states that will be out for review this Thursday.
E-Cargo bikes to replace diesel vans in London
As the congestion zone in the British capital tightens fast, new counter measures are being set up. Among them a delivery service for businesses that uses electric cargo bikes and trikes to replace delivery vans in Central London.
CO2 emissions, Tesla.
Research tip: If passenger road transport would become 80 percent more electric and fuelled by renewables, European CO2 emissions could decrease by 84% by 2050 compared to 2010. The calculations stem from a study commissioned by the EEA.
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