AEGPL Nieuws week 30

1| European Commission discovers car industry’s attempt to game emission targets

Under legislation due to come into force in 2020, new cars will have to emit less CO2 compared with 2021 levels. The Commission proposed a 15% reduction target for 2025 and 30% for 2030 but the European Parliament and member states are yet to agree on the final figures. That 2020-2021 starting point has now taken on renewed importance, as data by the EU’s Joint Research Centre suggests that some carmakers are artificially inflating the results of their worldwide light vehicles test procedure (WLTP) – a new protocol set to be the basis of emission testing, which will be replace the NEDC, currently in force. An inflated starting point means that legally-binding emission cuts will be less significant in real-world application. Read more…

 

2| NGOs raise doubts over EU executive’s climate ambition

Environmentalists are concerned that the European Commission is not prepared to cut GHG emissions deeply enough to meet commitments under the Paris agreement, as a public consultation on an EU long-term strategy gets under way. In the consultation, the Commission asks respondents to choose between three possibilities for a 2050 target: a 80% reduction target, a 80-95%, or the goal of achieving carbon neutrality in the EU by 2050. The first two options are already anchored in the existing EU roadmap dating from 2011, said Quentin Gerard, a policy adviser at the environmental think tank E3G. “How the Commission can put on the table the same target as seven years ago and suggest only a net-zero by 2050 as an improvement is beyond my understanding,” he said, noting that the cost of taking early climate action since then has fallen dramatically. Read more…

 

3| Austria unveils energy, environment work plan at EU helm

This week, the provisional agendas for EU Council meetings under the Austrian Presidency have officially been published. Austria took over the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union from Bulgaria on 1 July. This means Vienna will chair all ministerial meetings at the EU level until Romania takes over on 1 January. The Austrian Presidency of the EU will aim to reach agreement on including new CO2 emissions standards for cars and vans for 2030 in the Environment Council on 9 October. The views of the minister representing Germany – and its powerful car industry – will come under particular scrutiny on that occasion. And so will France and Italy, the other two auto powerhouses of Europe. Read more…

 

4| Trump’s plan for US LNG in Europe to face reality check

“European Union representatives told me that they would start buying soybeans from our great farmers immediately. Also, they will be buying vast amounts of LNG!,” Trump wrote in a Tweet. Juncker said the EU would build more terminals to handle America’s LNG. It appeared that a major LNG deal between the trading partners had been struck. In reality, three-quarters of Europe’s existing import facilities lie empty while demand for US LNG on the continent remains limited. Global gas price signals determine LNG trade flows, Royal Dutch Shell Chief Executive Ben van Beurden said on Thursday. “Will US LNG reach Europe? Yes, but only if there is an arbitrage opportunity that makes sense,” he said. Read more…

 

5| German 2030 climate target ‘very, very challenging’ to reach, says Merkel

The German government will introduce a climate protection law to ensure the country reaches its 2030 climate targets, but achieving these goals will be “very, very challenging”, said chancellor Angela Merkel during her annual summer press conference. Germany has a goal to be at 55% below its 1990s level of emissions by 2030. The government recently officially confirmed that Germany’s 2020 emissions reduction target has already slipped out of reach. Merkel said her government coalition had now acted by setting up the new coal-exit commission, and that its approach to first resolve the prospects for workers in the lignite regions “and then talk about which lignite power plants we can shut down” was right. Read more..

 

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