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Cleaner cars: Internal Market MEPs to debate changes to type-approval rules

IMCO Free movement of goods / Consumers / Environment28-09-2016 - 16:05

MEPs’ plans to tighten up EU car “type approval” rules, in the wake of the VW scandal, will be outlined in 196 amendments to the EU Commission proposal to overhaul the current system, to be debated in the Internal Market Committee on Thursday at 11.00. These include stricter supervision of tests done before a car can be placed on the market and more stringent obligations on EU member states to check that those already on the road meet all EU safety, environmental and production requirements. (Read more: Cleaner cars: Internal Market MEPs to debate changes to type-approval rules )

 

MEPs’ priorities for safeguarding endangered species

Plenary Session Environment15-09-2016 - 12:49
A baby African elephant (Loxodonta africana) pictured in the Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa. ©AP Images/ European Union-EP  

As wildlife trafficking is now the fourth largest black market and endangers many species, the EU should help curb demand, inter alia with an EU-wide ban on trade in ivory, say MEPs in a resolution voted on Thursday. This sets out MEPs’ priorities for the 17th Conference of Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES, Johannesburg, 24 September–5 October), which the EU will attend for the first time as a party to the convention. (Read more: MEPs’ priorities for safeguarding endangered species )

 

Car emissions: MEPs' inquiry gearing up for second half

Plenary Session Environment13-09-2016 - 12:40
Emissions of a starting diesel engine ©AP Images/ European Union-EP  

Parliament’s car emissions inquiry urgently needs more information from the EU Commission, it says in a resolution voted on Tuesday. Half-way through its mandate, the Committee of Inquiry into Emission Measurements in the Automotive Sector (EMIS), has yet to receive some Commission documents on emission measurements and details of expert group work on vehicle type approval procedures, notes the text. The inquiry’s final report is due in spring 2017. (Read more: Car emissions: MEPs' inquiry gearing up for second half )

 

Emissions scandal: “Member states not keen on strict implementation”

Plenary Session Environment13-09-2016 - 10:23
 

Parliament's inquiry committee investigating the car emissions testing scandal is now halfway through its mandate, but already it has a clearer view of how car manufacturers were able to claim that their cars polluted many times less than they actually did. MEPs vote on their interim report in plenary on Tuesday 13 September. Watch the video for an interview with report authors Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy and Pablo Zalba Bidegain. (Read more: Emissions scandal: “Member states not keen on strict implementation” )

 
icebergs floating in a fjord in Svalbard ©AP Images/ European Union-EP  

The European Parliament should give its consent to the ratification of the 2015 Paris agreement on climate change, recommended Environment Committee MEPs on Thursday. They also urged all EU member states to conclude the ratification process, to ensure its rapid entry into force. In a separate resolution, they also called on the EU to upgrade its emission reduction pledges, so as to close the gap between the individual targets agreed by the Parties and the Paris goals. (Read more: Environment MEPs support Paris agreement ratification, push for entry into force )

 

The Committee of Inquiry into Emission Measurements in the Automotive Sector (EMIS) met on Monday to hear former EU commissioners (from 2010 to 2014) for the environment Janez Potočnik, and for industry and entrepreneurship Antonio Tajani. (Read more: Car emissions: former commissioners Potočnik and Tajani reply on “dieselgate” )

 

Verheugen: car emission rules could be more specific

EMIS Environment31-08-2016 - 12:24

The inquiry committee on Emission Measurements in the Automotive Sector (EMIS) heard Günter Verheugen, Commissioner for enterprise and industry 2004-2010, on how the current legislation on car emissions was drafted during his tenure. MEPs also heard Peter Lakin, vice president of Faurecia, on emission control technologies. (Read more: Verheugen: car emission rules could be more specific )

 

MEPs to question former commissioner on car emissions measurements

Others Transport / Environment29-08-2016 - 14:36
infographic illustration  

The investigation into the Volkswagen emissions testing scandal continues on Tuesday 30 August when the Parliament's inquiry committee questions former commissioner Günter Verheugen, who was responsible for enterprise and industry from 2004 to 2010. Parliament is currently working on new legislation to improve the reliability of car testing. Check out our infographic to find out more on how car emissions are tested. (Read more: MEPs to question former commissioner on car emissions measurements )

 

European Parliament to offset its 2015 carbon emissions

Others Environment25-07-2016 - 15:05

The European Parliament aims to become the first 100% carbon neutral EU institution, as decided at the end of last year by the Bureau (President, Vice-Presidents and Quaestors). In order to fulfil this commitment, a call for tender was opened on 16 July 2016. (Read more: European Parliament to offset its 2015 carbon emissions )

 

The EU needs a common definition of “normal car use”, says Renault. Diesel engine NOx emissions are the price paid to hit lower CO2 targets, says the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association. But Volkswagen is ashamed of cheating to beat strict US emissions laws. So said contributors to the “triple bill” of hearings in held by the Committee of Inquiry into Emission Measurements in the Automotive Sector (EMIS) on Wednesday and Thursday. Its work will continue after the summer break. (Read more: Car emissions: manufacturers and a former EU Commissioner quizzed by MEPs )