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Is it greener to travel by rail or car?

Is it greener to travel by rail or car? | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Advances in research and technology challenge assumptions that trains are automatically greener than transport by road
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Good article from Guardian's Sustainable Business blog.

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IEA plots path to halving fuel used for road transport in under 40 years

IEA plots path to halving fuel used for road transport in under 40 years | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

Two reports released on Wednesday by the International Energy Agency (IEA) show how the right policies and technologies could improve the fuel efficiency of road vehicles by 50% by the middle of the century, saving as much as four-fifths of current annual global oil consumption.

 

Interesting report from the IEA again but are governments still listening to its policy recommendations? Just consider how its ideas on fighting climate change have been neglected up to now.

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Q+A-How does the EU plan to reform energy tax? | Reuters

Progress on transport fuel tax changes to encourage energy efficiency and the use of greener sources is a priority of the Danish European Union presidency, which will be leading the bloc's discussions for the first half of this year.

 

Good Reuters article on the state-of-play of EU plans for changes in fuel taxation.

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CO2 targets fuel auto industry divisions | EurActiv

CO2 targets fuel auto industry divisions | EurActiv | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Meeting in Brussels on Friday (2 December), car manufacturers failed to agree a common position towards EU proposals that would cap automobile CO2 emissions at 95 grammes per kilometer (g/km) by 2020.

 

Good EurActiv article on the internal struggle in the European automotive industry on future carbon targets for new cars.

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Unclean at Any Speed

Unclean at Any Speed | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Electric cars don’t solve the automobile’s environmental problems
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very good and eye-opening  article on the lifecycle footprint of electric cars.

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New Dutch report: Biodiesel worse for the environment than normal diesel

New Dutch report: Biodiesel worse for the environment than normal diesel | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Circuler avec du diesel normal ou de l'essence est moins néfaste pour l'environnement que circuler au biodiesel, selon une étude réalisée pour l'organisation environnementale Greenpeace, rapportée vendredi par le quotidien De Morgen.
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The great transformation: decarbonising Europe’s energy and transport systems

The great transformation: decarbonising Europe’s energy and transport systems | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"Economic growth in Europe will be affected by the costs of this transition from the current energy and transport system. A smooth transition towards a low-carbon energy and transport system could come at comparatively modest cost. Furthermore, identifying the most economically beneficial solutions early on and becoming a global technology leader and standard setter offers vast opportunities for exports and economic growth. Hence, our decarbonisation strategy may eventually have a greater impact on long-term European growth than the current economic crisis."

 

New report from the Brussels-based economic think tank Bruegel.

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