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I am absolutely not impressed by the CO2 policy for cars proposal presented by the European Commission and I do not think it shows European climate change leadership at all. First, for all the heavy lobbying and media attention surrounding this issue, today’s Commission proposal to oblige car manufacturers to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

UK’s Foreign Secretary David Miliband [blog] will be calling today for zero-carbon cars by 2030 during a speech in Bruges, according to the Guardian. This is an ambitious target which is not likely to get much applause in car industry circles as the sector is fighting hard to prevent future EU laws that would force them… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

Are hybrid cars fueled by electricity the future? Yes, according to a new study published in the US by the Electric Power Research Institute and the Natural Resources Defense Council which examined the greenhouse gas emissions and air quality impacts of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV). Read also the good Technology Primer on plug-in hyrbid electric… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

Carbon dioxide emissions will rise 59% by 2030 as economic growth will drive demand for energy. This is the bad news published today by the US Energy Information Administration in its International Energy Outlook 2007. Looking at these figures, who still believes the EU will be able to convince other regions that a global reduction… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

US President Bush wants his federal agencies to come up with concrete plans to cut gasoline consumption from cars in a direct response to an April Supreme Court Ruling stating that the Environmental Protection Agency could regulate carbon dioxide emissions under the Clean Air Act. But environmentalists and Democrats see no “green Bush” yet. Read… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

New York has taken up London’s challenge to become one of the world’s greenest cities by 2030. On 22 April, mayor Michael Bloomberg is to announce a plan for “sustainable” growth, calling for reductions of 30 percent in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 (see Earth Times). A preparatory study showed that the Big Apple emits… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

With all the recent fuss over green and less green cars for Commissioners, a few tips might give them some ideas: Honda and Toyota top the list of “greenest” automakers published by the American Union of Concerned Scientists’ (UCS) on 3 April. But, then again, European car producers have promised that their “integrated approach” will… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer