EU truck emissions, Paris pledges, fuel subsidies and GRI's sustainable development tool

Keep on truckin'

The European Union has quietly postponed action on one of the main sources of greenhouse gases from transport: heavy vehicles such as trucks and buses. The EU currently has no heavy-duty vehicle carbon dioxide emissions limit, though standards are in place for cars and light vans. In 2014, the European Commission said it would propose a system to monitor heavy-duty vehicle CO2 emissions in 2015, with possible controls to follow. However, the Commission has now confirmed that even the monitoring system might not be proposed until 2017. By contrast, the United States introduced a CO2 limit for trucks and buses in 2011. According to campaign group Transport & Environment, heavy vehicles emit 30% of EU transport greenhouse gas emissions, and the EU's slowness to implement limits is an example of successful industry lobbying.

Transport & Environment briefing on heavy-duty vehicle CO2 emissions:

Incomplete coverage

National emissions reduction pledges submitted by a 1 October United Nations deadline ahead of the Paris climate summit that starts at the end of November would be enough if fully implemented to cap global warming at 2.7 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, according to analysts Climate Tracker.

The so-called Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) submitted by...

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