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Chip crisis pushes European car sales to new low

News from Brussels - 2022-01-19

EU car sales fell to a new low in 2921 as the auto sector was hobbled by the Covid pandemic and a shortage of computer chips, industry figures showed on 18 January...

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Majority support tighter EU car emissions rules and are willing to pay

News from Brussels - 2022-01-18

A large majority of people support stronger EU air pollution rules for carmakers to make vehicles as clean as possible, a new YouGov survey shows...

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Germany’s transport minister goes cool on e-fuels

News from Brussels - 2022-01-18

When it comes to greening its massive car industry, Germany can't quite make up its mind: Should it go all in for electric vehicles or place a side bet on synthetic fuels? The new government...

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German transport minister backs electric cars in e-fuel debate

News from Brussels - 2022-01-17

The debate over how best to decarbonise road transport has long pitched synthetic e-fuels against full electrification...

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EC Publishes draft Delegated Act on Secure Parking Areas

News from Brussels - 2022-01-17

On 13 January, the European Commission published the draft Delegated Act on Safe and Secure Truck Parking Areas (SSTPAs,) in the remit of the Driving and Rest Times Regulation, for publ...

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Eurovignette: Transport MEPs clear way for plenary vote

News from Brussels - 2022-01-17

A deal on new road charging rules for trucks to transition from time-based to distance-based charging was approved in the Transport and Tourism Committee on 13 January...

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EU court slaps down Brussels, Paris and Madrid in car pollution spat

News from Brussels - 2022-01-14

The Court of Justice of the EU on 13 January told Brussels, Paris and Madrid they have no right to challenge the European Commission's attempts to set technical standards on vehicle emissions...

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Auto parts makers accused of obstructing EU climate policies

News from Brussels - 2022-01-14

European auto parts makers are undermining efforts to decarbonise the transport sector by lobbying against climate-friendly EU policies, a new analysis by the climate thinktank InfluenceMap ...

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ETS: road transport revenues should be ringfenced for zero-emission trucking

News from Brussels - 2022-01-14

The European Association for Forwarding, Transport, Logistics and Customs Services (CLECAT,) the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) and the European Shippers’ Counc...

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Road tolls reform will incentivise switch to cleaner trucks, MEPs told

News from Brussels - 2022-01-13

In June 2021 negotiators on behalf of the European Parliament and Council reached an agreement on revising the Eurovignette Directive on road tolling...

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Shipping carbon price loophole lets millions of tonnes of CO2 off the hook

News from Brussels - 2022-01-13

Over 25m t of CO2 – equivalent to the total CO2 emissions of Denmark – are exempt from the EU’s proposed carbon price for shipping, a new Transport & Environment (...

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Fact sheet – Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation: cars & vans

News from Brussels - 2022-01-13

Ambitious CO2 targets must be accompanied by equally ambitious mandatory targets for charging points and hydrogen stations in all 27 EU Member States...

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The Commission must push for green transition in shipping

News from Brussels - 2022-01-12

We cannot stop shipping...

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Tough EU car emission rules ‘necessary’ says leader of key German state

News from Brussels - 2022-01-12

The European Union’s proposed package of energy and climate laws received surprise backing from the Leader of Baden-Württemberg, an influential German state which is renowned worldwide for ...

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5 transport headaches facing Europe in 2022

News from Brussels - 2022-01-04

Transport was dominated in 2021 by the two C’s — climate and COVID — and that will still be the case in 2022...

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A wonk’s guide to the French EU presidency policy agenda

News from Brussels - 2022-01-03

As the French presidency of the Council of the EU kicked off on January 1, Brussels is looking to Paris with a mix of excitement and mild apprehension...

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17% of new trucks in 2030 will run on hydrogen, EU believes

News from Brussels - 2021-12-22

Hydrogen has had a busy year, concluded at the European Hydrogen Week in December with the re-launch of the EU’s public private partnership and EU Transport Commissioner Adina Vălean outlining ...

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EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) cornerstone of EU climate policy

News from Brussels - 2021-12-21

The debate of the EU Ministers for Environment has shown diverging views on a number of dossiers within the Fit for 55 legislative package...

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Council signs off clearer and more flexible rules on hired lorries

News from Brussels - 2021-12-21

The Council on 20 December gave its final green light for revised rules for the use of hired road vehicles for goods transport...

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EU split on proposals to extend carbon pricing to road transport, ban polluting cars

News from Brussels - 2021-12-21

EU countries remain divided on proposals to tighten carbon emission standards for cars and extend the EU’s carbon market to the road transport sector, with the fault line running largely between...

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