EU plans stricter rules for cars
- Business & Industry ,
- Manufacturing ,
- Other ,
- Politics & Economics ,
New rules to tighten controls on car manufacturers to ensure they comply with environmental requirements have been announced by the European commission in the wake of the Volkswagen emissions scandal.
The commission was already reviewing the EU type approval framework for cars when it was found that software had been fitted to some Volkswagen vehicles in the US to artificially lower nitrous oxide emissions from diesel engines during testing. It has now published its proposals to overhaul the system. These include strengthening the independence of national testing regimes so that they are more impartial in applying the rules, and more surveillance of cars already on the road.
‘The Volkswagen revelations have highlighted the need to further improve the system that allows cars to be placed on the market,’ said Jyrki Katainen, commission vice-president for jobs, growth, investment and competitiveness. He said the rules required tightening to regain customer trust and to ensure they are observed effectively. ‘It is essential to restore a level playing field and fair competition in the market.’
Liberal Democrat MEP and environmentalist columnist Catherine Bearder welcomed the proposals: ‘Dieselgate has shown that national authorities are either incapable or unwilling to enforce the rules they have signed up to. Stronger oversight of the car industry is vital to ensure standards to cut deadly pollution are upheld across Europe.’
The UK government has been “too city-focused” in its climate action and must provide more funding and support to reduce emissions in rural areas, the County Councils Network (CCN) has said.
COVID-19 offers the world a huge chance to beat a path to sustainability, says Oxford University professor Ian Goldin – but we must learn from past crises, he tells Huw Morris
The UK’s pipeline for renewable energy projects could mitigate 90% of job losses caused by COVID-19 and help deliver the government’s ‘levelling up’ agenda. That is according to a recent report from consultancy EY-Parthenon, which outlines how the UK’s £108bn “visible pipeline” of investible renewable energy projects could create 625,000 jobs.
The UK's largest defined benefit (DB) pension schemes have received a letter from the Make My Money Matter campaign urging them to set net-zero emission targets ahead of the COP26 climate summit later this year.
The sale of new diesel and petrol heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) will be banned in the UK by 2040 under proposals unveiled in the government's transport decarbonisation plan yesterday.