European Commission lacks ambition in reducing emissions from cars

Posted by sara_a — 13 July 2012 at 12:19pm - Comments
Stormtrooper outside Acea car lobby meeting in Brussels
All rights reserved. Credit: Philip Reynaers/Greenpeace
Over half a million people have made it impossible for VW to openly oppose targets

This week the European Commission published a new draft proposal on car efficiency for 2020. They agreed to stick with their original target but have missed a chance to go further towards getting us off our oil addiction.

European Parliament votes to cut emissions from cars

Posted by jamie — 26 September 2008 at 10:57am - Comments

Activists from Greenpeace Spain climbed the Osborne Bull, an internationally known symbol of Spanish roads, to "protect" him from increasing CO2 emissions from cars Some great news has come in from Greenpeace lobbyists at the European Parliament, where the EU environment committee have given the thumbs up to reducing CO2 emissions produced by cars.

The group of MEPs resisted efforts by German car manufacturers to weaken down the proposals and have recommended that by 2012 all new cars should emit no more than 130g of CO2 per km (the current EU average is 158g). Even those this doesn't match the 120g level we and other groups were proposing, this is a big turnaround as when the committee went into session, it seemed certain a compromise package riddled with loopholes would get the nod.

Have you felt the forest love?

Posted by jamie — 25 September 2008 at 1:38pm - Comments

If you submitted your own Forest Love video in response to ours, you might catch a glimpse of yourself in the new video we've put together below which we're going to deliver to European Commission president José Manuel Barroso in Brussels. The commission are due to vote on legislation to ban illegal timber in Europe and hopefully that will take place in mid-October, but the date has changed several times over the past few weeks so who knows?

EU fudges GM potato vote

Posted by jamie — 19 February 2008 at 1:00pm - Comments

Yesterday, EU farm ministers voted on whether to approve the use of new GM crops including a variety of potato developed by chemical giant BASF. According to Reuters, they failed to reach a consensus which is good in the sense that the proposed crops weren't approved, but bad because the decision will now be passed back to the European Commission. The EC is heavily pro-GM so it's likely that all five crops under consideration will be approved with a nod and a wink.

Counting the cost of GM contamination

Posted by jamie — 9 November 2007 at 3:13pm - Comments

Indian farmers campaigning against GM rice

Indian farmers campaigning against GM rice near Lucknow earlier this week © Greenpeace

A couple of GM stories have popped up recently over on our international site, one of which requires your help.

Car manufacturers put the brakes on climate law

Posted by bex — 29 January 2007 at 2:51pm - Comments

Emmissions from transport are on the rise

Car manufacturers are trying to sabotage a new European climate law that would force them to improve the efficiency of their new vehicles. But there's time to act to make sure that Europe's cars are cleaner and greener in future.

European Commission admits illegal timber scandal

Posted by jamie — 1 December 2006 at 4:42pm - Comments

Activists demonstrate how the EU should be using FSC timber in May 2004

It's official. The European Union Commission has admitted that we were right about illegal timber in the commission's own headquarters.

UK Energy Bill illegal under EC law

Posted by bex — 10 May 2004 at 8:00am - Comments
Greenpeace action against nuclear transport from Muehleberg to Sellafield

Greenpeace action against nuclear transport from Muehleberg to Sellafield

The Government's Energy Bill, which is due for its second reading in the House of Commons this week, may breach European Commission rules on state aid.

We sought expert legal opinion on the bill, which was designed to establish the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA). The NDA was meant to oversee the UK's radioactive waste problem, but its remit has already been extended - before it even exists - to bail out private nuclear companies.

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