Co2 Emissions

Where did all the fun go?

Posted by Hugh Mouser — 4 July 2013 at 6:43pm - Comments
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Sign of the times, but car companies are dragging their heels over electric vehicles

I grew up on a diet of TV shows like Knight Rider and The A Team. I saw Ferrari and Mclaren produce faster cars as time went by. I admired how the car industry kept on trying to improve.

But it seems like some carmakers have lost the fun of innovation.

Cleaner cars vote postponed as Germany secures pit stop for gas guzzlers

Posted by Hugh Mouser — 27 June 2013 at 6:13pm - Comments
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Clean car vote postponed? We're fuming

It looks like Angela Merkel's call to David Cameron last night has paid off, and the key vote on cleaner cars has been postponed.

Standing up to bullying tactics over cleaner cars

Posted by Elena Polisano — 18 June 2013 at 4:22pm - Comments
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German environment minister Peter Altmaier is keen to keep gas guzzlers on the road
It was 6.30am in Luxembourg and we were all keen to start. We got into our vans ready to launch our final action for cleaner cars in Europe. But this morning it was different. Instead of a handful of national activists calling on a car company to clean up its act, we went big.

There were thirty of us from across Europe who came together for the whole day to unveil a banner, placards and hand out flyers telling European governments to stand up to the bullying of Germany and its environment minister Peter Altmaier.

Last-ditch attempt to sabotage law for cleaner cars

Posted by Elena Polisano — 14 June 2013 at 4:08pm - Comments
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Angela has that petrol emotion

Politicians would make terrible magicians. That’s my conclusion after reading a new proposal that sets out how Europe should meet its fuel economy targets for all new cars.

The German government’s proposal is an attempt to con the rest of Europe into playing into the hands of car companies like BMW and Daimler.

The Rebellion is back!

Posted by Fran G — 31 August 2012 at 11:48am - Comments
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VW Darkside action

Do you remember the recent rumours that VW’s new Golf 7 would be a green car for the mass market?  

A green Golf - wishful thinking or reality?

Posted by petespeller — 20 August 2012 at 10:26am - Comments
Greenpeace activists display a banner reading "CO2 Das Problem" at the VW factor
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Greenpeace activists display a banner reading "CO2 Das Problem" at the VW factory in Wolfsburg, Germany

Don’t you just hate it when someone has the power to make a real difference, but won’t use it? Take Volkswagen for instance. It’s Europe’s biggest car maker, eager to display itself as a friend of the environment and known worldwide for its high standards of engineering.

Yet for years VW has failed to put its money where its mouth is and commercially produce cars that are both cheap to run and emit far less CO2 than the rest of the market.

Taking your message to VW

Posted by bex — 19 April 2012 at 3:18pm - Comments
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Protest during Volkswagen's AGM

For almost a year now, you’ve been asking VW to turn away from the dark side and reduce its fleet’s CO2 emissions. Today we took that message to the company’s AGM in Hamburg with a giant banner reading "Take responsibility seriously! Honest climate protection now" (in German, obviously).

Why we're supporting high-speed rail done right

Posted by jamie — 17 January 2012 at 1:18pm - Comments
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HS2 is great in principle, but the plan has plenty of holes

Last week, the government gave the thumbs-up to the first phase of the new high-speed rail network (aka HS2). Since then, debate between those for and against has filled the media including a piece in the Mail claiming Greenpeace is opposed to the project. We're not of course, but it does need correcting.

Car lobby split on reducing emissions

Posted by jamie — 2 December 2011 at 4:22pm - Comments

The phalanx of stormtroopers we sent to the hush-hush car lobby meeting today have certainly had an effect. Even though it seems we were expected, their presence created a disturbance in the Force for the car industry bosses who had to walk past them, although for some it was all too much.

Why cars can't be greener: top 6 myths from car makers

Posted by jamie — 2 December 2011 at 9:00am - Comments
Stormtroopers outside Acea car lobbying meeting in Brussels
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Stormtroopers outside Acea car lobbying meeting in Brussels

Despite claims that they are eco-friendly, car makers are notorious for getting in the way of regulations that will bring down CO2 emissions from their vehicles. They've spread myths about how reduction targets will affect their business, but time and again they've been proven wrong.

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