Road Transport


What can we do? What can EU legislation do?

WHAT ARE THE DIFFICULTIES THAT NEED TO BE ADDRESSED? Lorries make up only 3% of registered vehicles.But they are: » Dirty: Almost 20% of all CO2 emissions in the EU come from road transport» Dangerous: twice as likely to kill than cars» Congesting: responsible for 20% of traffic jams» Expensive ...


Biofuels, land use and climate

EP takes tentative step to addressing flaws in EU biofuels policy but problems remain and rules delalyed

The European Parliament today voted on legislative proposals on biofuels, aimed at curbing the negative impact on the climate associated with indirect land use change (ILUC) due to biofuel production. The Greens welcomed the vote to ensure that the greenhouse gas emissions resulting from changes in ...

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Alternative TEN-T Days


Follow the event live - 5 July 9:30-18:00

The financial crisis is a challenge to the development of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T). It is the opportunity to put forward our green alternative vision: Think green: abandon the obsession with big, expensive and long-term projects and focus on the European added-value of smaller projects and cross-border rail links. Act smart: transparency and civil society participation is crucial. Save money: spend less money and minimise external, social and environmental costs. We need Trans-European Networking and coordination between green actions!

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Agreement on 'Connecting Europe Facility'

Deep tunnels, mountains of debt

Council and Parliament, negotiating in trialogue, this morning reached an agreement on the 'Connecting Europe Facility' (CEF) [1]. This budget line lays down common budgetary rules and procedures for the resources dedicated to the Transeuropean Networks (TEN) over the 2014-2020 financial period. I...

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Car CO2 emissions

Missed opportunity to back ambitious targets and better consumer information

The European parliament and European Council, meeting yesterday in trialogue, came to an agreement on a legislative proposal on CO2 emissions limits for vehicles for 2020. The proposal fixes the steps necessary to implement a fleet average for car CO2 emissions of 95g of CO2 per km by 2020. The legi...

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EU transport networks

Patchwork approach to TEN-T will continue as deal struck on new rules

The European Parliament and Council yesterday evening reached an agreement on revised rules on Trans-European Transport Networks from 2014 on (TEN-T). Reacting to the outcome, Green transport spokesperson Michael Cramer said: "This deal will prolong the patchwork approach to European transport ...

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Climate campaign newsletter

Issue 64 - May 2013

In this issue : EP gets a second chance to save Europe’s flagship climate policy; Cars/CO2: new targets short on ambition; Environment committee backs speed limit for new vans; Bonn: various possibilities, no concrete steps; Carbon dioxide levels reach symbolic threshold never seen in human history; Arctic Ocean 'acidifying rapidly' according to new study; Markets are overlooking the risk of 'unburnable carbon'


Brussels Agenda

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 6 - 12 May 2013

Greens/EFA priorities for the week include Hungary and democratic freedoms, EU funding for the most deprived, Weak targets for van emissions, New seeds regulation endangers genetic diversity, More transparent bank charging, Alternative responses to the ecological, economic and social crises, Energising Europe and Spain sustainably

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Car CO2 emissions/fuel efficiency

MEPs call for new targets for 2025 but fall short on ambition

The European Parliament's environment committee today voted on legislative proposals for implementing EU rules on CO2 emissions limits for vehicles for the year 2020 (1). The Greens welcomed the confirmation of the 2020 limit and the call for new EU limits for 2025 but expressed regret that MEPs fai...

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Greens/EFA Round-up

Debriefing of the plenary week Strasbourg 4-8 February 2013

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg plenary week included the votes on the CFP reform, car/vehicle noise, EU rules protecting endangered species, the debate on the future EU budget,...

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Car noise

Centre-right MEPs back noisy car lobby and weaken draft EU rules

The European Parliament today voted on proposals to revise EU rules on noise from vehicles. The Greens criticised the outcome of the vote, after centre-right MEPs backed amendments to weaken the draft legislation that was already low on ambition. After the vote, Green environment and public health s...

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