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PE 405.923v02-00 A6-0291/2008

on the revised proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the promotion of clean and energy efficient road transport vehicles

(COM(2007)0817 – C6-0008/2008 – 2005/0283(COD))

Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety

Rapporteur: Dan Jørgensen

DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION
 EXPLANATORY STATEMENT
 OPINION of the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection
 OPINION of the Committee on Transport and Tourism
 PROCEDURE

DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

on the revised proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the promotion of clean and energy efficient road transport vehicles

(COM(2007)0817 – C6-0008/2008 – 2005/0283(COD))

(Codecision procedure: first reading)

The European Parliament,

–   having regard to the revised Commission proposal to the European Parliament and the Council (COM(2007)0817),

–   having regard to Article 251(2) and Article 175(1) of the EC Treaty, pursuant to which the Commission submitted the proposal to Parliament (C6-0008/2008),

–   having regard to Rule 51 of its Rules of Procedure,

–   having regard to the report of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety and the opinions of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection and the Committee on Transport and Tourism (A6-0291/2008),

1.  Approves the Commission proposal as amended;

2.  Calls on the Commission to refer the matter to Parliament again if it intends to amend the proposal substantially or replace it with another text;

3.  Instructs its President to forward its position to the Council and Commission.

Amendment  1

Proposal for a directive

Recital 4

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(4) The Commission Communication “An energy policy for Europe” proposed an EU commitment to achieve at least a 20% reduction of greenhouse gases by 2020 compared to 1990. Binding targets for further improvement of energy efficiency by 20%, a level of 20% of renewable energy and a 10% biofuels share in the motor fuel market in the Community by 2020 have been proposed, i.a. to improve security of energy supply by diversifying the fuel mix.

(4) The Commission Communication “An energy policy for Europe” proposed an EU commitment to achieve at least a 20% reduction of greenhouse gases by 2020 compared to 1990. Binding targets for further improvement of energy efficiency by 20%, a level of 20% of renewable energy and a 10% share of sustainably produced and certified biofuels in the motor fuel market in the Community by 2020 have been proposed, i.a. to improve security of energy supply by diversifying the fuel mix.

Amendment  2

Proposal for a directive

Recital 9

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(9) The CARS 21 High Level Group report of 12 December 2005 supported the Commission's initiative on the promotion of clean and energy-efficient vehicles, on condition that a technology-neutral and performance based is taken.

(9) The CARS 21 High Level Group report of 12 December 2005 supported the Commission's initiative on the promotion of clean and energy-efficient vehicles, on condition that a technology-neutral and performance based integrated approach involving vehicle manufacturers, oil or fuel suppliers, repairers, customers or drivers and public authorities is taken.

Amendment  3

Proposal for a directive

Recital 10 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(10a) This Directive aims to stimulate the market for clean and energy efficient vehicles, and especially - since this would have a substantial environmental impact - to influence the market for standardised vehicles produced in larger quantities such as passenger cars, buses, coaches and trucks. It is therefore not intended to influence procurement decisions relating to vehicles providing vital emergency services or other highly specialised vehicles.

Justification

Emergency vehicles and other highly specialised vehicles are expensive and produced in low volumes which means that they are not effective “market drivers”.

Amendment  4

Proposal for a directive

Recital 10 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

10b. Member States should inform national, regional or local contracting authorities and contracting entities which provide public passenger transport services under licence, permit or authorisation granted by public authorities on the provisions relating to the procurement of clean and energy efficient road transport vehicles.

Justification

It is important to provide the relevant information to the contracting authorities in order to better prepare for acquisitions due to the fact that the 'green' award criteria will be new, in addition to the provisions of the Directives 2004/17/EC and 2004/18/EC.

Amendment  5

Proposal for a directive

Recital 11

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(11) Clean and energy efficient vehicles initially have a higher price than conventional ones. Creating sufficient demand for such vehicles should ensure that economies of scale can lead to cost reductions.

(11) Clean and energy efficient vehicles initially have a higher price than conventional ones. Creating sufficient demand for such vehicles could ensure that economies of scale lead to cost reductions and an economy based on renewable energies, and that the necessary facilities are set up to supply every type of fuel specified in the Annex. Companies should be encouraged to promote competitive prices so that the price difference between a clean and energy efficient vehicle and a traditional vehicle would not be to the disadvantage of the green vehicle market.

 

Justification

In order to benefit from the economies of scale, efforts from the industry sector are needed to make clean vehicles have competitive prices too.

Die Formulierung „dürften“ zeigt den hypothetischen Charakter der Annahme seitens der EU-Kommission. An dieser Stelle wären exakte quantitative Angaben der EU-Kommission hinsichtlich der Höhe der Differenz der Anschaffungspreise, der „ausreichenden“ Nachfrage sowie der zu erwartenden Kostensenkungen zu erwarten. Diese liegen der Kommission offenbar nicht vor. Durch die Formulierung „könnten“ wird dem Umstand Rechnung getragen, dass nicht allein Größenvorteile zu Kostensenkungen führen, sondern auch die Produkt- und Preispolitik der Hersteller noch von anderen, sehr unterschiedlichen Determinanten abhängt wie etwa der Entwicklung der Rohstoffpreise oder der Preiselastizität der Nachfrage in unterschiedlichen Fahrzeugsegmenten.

Amendment  6

Proposal for a directive

Recital 11 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(11a) The broader application of certain technologies, such as vehicles powered by hydrogen, Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) or Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), may require high initial investment costs related inter alia to infrastructure, and hence the Commission should consider how transparent and non-discriminatory rules for the provision of national and Community aid for such investments could be established and maintained to the benefit of the environment.

Amendment  7

Proposal for a directive

Recital 11 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(11a) This Directive addresses the need to provide additional support for public authorities through financial incentives and incentives relating to information and education.

Justification

Public authorities need additional support, funding and other incentives to implement preferred greener options. Guidance should be provided on the way forward so that procurement officers have a fuller understanding of the overall performance, efficiency, availability and ease of use of the different vehicle/fuel types under consideration. This would help avoid wasting limited resources and public money and allow procurement managers to make more informed choices about new vehicle technologies.

Amendment  8

Proposal for a directive

Recital 13 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(13a) According to the Commission impact assessment, 50% of vehicles purchased will correspond to the best market alternative in terms of overall lifetime costs, including external costs, when this Directive comes into force.

Amendment  9

Proposal for a directive

Recital 14 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(14a) When fulfilling the requirement to take energy and environmental impacts into account by setting technical specifications, contracting authorities, entities and operators are free to set specifications of a higher level of energy and environmental performance than laid down in EU legislation, taking account for example of future EURO standards.

Justification

In the proposal there are inconsistencies between existing and forthcoming legislation (EURO VI), e.g. in relation to the definition of mileage. The authorities concerned should therefore be able to take into consideration existing and forthcoming European standards.

Amendment  10

Proposal for a directive

Recital 16

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(16) Mandatory application of criteria for the procurement of clean and energy efficient vehicles does not preclude the inclusion of other relevant award criteria. It also does not prevent the choice of retro-fitted vehicles upgraded for higher environmental performance.

deleted

Justification

It should be made clear that other criteria and methodologies may be used alongside the specified criteria in this directive. Therefore this recital has been amended and added to the main provisions of the directive as a new article after article 4.

Amendment  11

Proposal for a directive

Recital 16 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(16a) The thresholds laid down in Directives 2004/17/EC and 2004/18/EC should apply.

Justification

It should be made clear that the minimum thresholds laid down in Directives 2004/17/EC and 2004/18/EC must apply. Smaller-scale procurements should be excluded in order to guarantee the workability of the rules.

Amendment  12

Proposal for a directive

Recital 16 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(16b) The energy and environmental award criteria should be among the various award criteria taken into consideration by contracting authorities or contracting entities when they are called upon to take a decision on the procurement of clean and energy efficient road transport vehicles.

Justification

This directive provides non-exhaustive criteria that can be applied by local authorities or entities to the procurement of clean and energy-efficient road transport vehicles.

Amendment  13

Proposal for a directive

Recital 17 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(17a) Different cities wishing to brand themselves as environmentally conscious should be encouraged to do so and be offered branding opportunities through transparent and systematic disclosure on the Internet of information, calculations, decisions and benchmarking on public procurement pursuant to this Directive.

Amendment  14

Proposal for a directive

Recital 17 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(17b) State aid for the procurement of road transport vehicles, including the retrofitting of type approval vehicles with engines and replacement parts, should be allowed under Community rules. Such state aid may be justified in the light of the general interest of the Community, in particular as regards urban sustainable transport mobility.

Justification

State aid for the procurement of road transport vehicles should comply with EC rules.

Amendment  15

Proposal for a directive

Recital 19 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(19a) The Member States and the Commission should continue to support urban transport initiatives, such as the CIty-VITAlity-Sustainability (CIVITAS) and Intelligent Energy – Europe programmes.

Justification

EU initiatives, such as the CIVITAS or Intelligent Energy – Europe programmes, have proved very successful in encouraging the use of clean and energy-efficient vehicles and should therefore continue to receive support.

Amendment  16

Proposal for a directive

Recital 19 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

19b. Member States and the Commission should take into account, during the strategic follow-up and mid-term review of the national strategic reference frameworks and national and regional operational programmes, as defined by Regulation (EC) No 1083/2006 of 11 July 2006 laying down general provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund and the Cohesion Fund and repealing Regulation (EC) No 1260/19991, the eligibility of urban mobility for financial assistance and the promotion of clean and energy-efficient road transport vehicles. Taking into consideration the results achieved through the CIVITAS programme and the Intelligent Energy-Europe programme, Member States and the Commission should continue to support these initiatives.

 

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1 OJ L 210, 31.7.2006, p. 25.

Justification

The Green paper on urban mobility was discussed until 15 March and many Member States failed to take these issues into account within the current National Operational Programmes. Good initiatives already in place which have helped to inform and to train local or central authorities should be supported and continued.

Amendment  17

Proposal for a directive

Recital 19 c (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(19c) In accordance with point 34 of the Interinstitutional Agreement on better law-making1, Member States should draw up, for themselves and in the interests of the Community, their own tables illustrating, as far as possible, the correlation between this Directive and the transposition measures relating to it, and make them public.

 

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1 OJ C 321, 31.12.2003, p. 1.

Justification

For further transparency in implementation.

Amendment  18

Proposal for a directive

Recital 19 d (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(19d) The Member States should involve municipalities and regions in further efforts to implement, follow up and evaluate the provisions of this Directive.

Justification

Participation at all level of government is needed for better implementation.

Amendment  19

Proposal for a directive

Recital 19 e (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(19e) Priority should be given to vehicles using alternative fuels that lead to clean road transport and a significant improvement in air quality. Therefore the Commission and the Member States should promote the development of hydrogen-powered motor vehicles.

Justification

We should this as an opportunity to promote clean energies such as hydrogen. It is imperative that we encourage the development of this technology.

Amendment  20

Proposal for a directive

Recital 19 f (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(19f) The Member States and the Commission should focus on the promotion of hydrogen as the fuel of the future. Hydrogen is a clean way of powering vehicles, and its use should contribute to the creation of a pollution-free economy, as vehicles propelled by hydrogen produce neither carbon-based pollutants nor emissions of greenhouse gases from their exhaust pipe.

Justification

We should this as an opportunity to promote clean energies such as hydrogen. It is imperative that we encourage the development of this technology.

Amendment  21

Proposal for a directive

Article 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Subject matter

Subject matter and objective

This Directive requires the inclusion of operational lifetime costs of energy consumption, CO2 emissions, and pollutant emissions as award criteria in the procurement of road transport vehicles, by contracting authorities or contracting entities within the meaning of Directives 2004/17/EC and 2004/18/EC or as criteria for the purchase of such vehicles by operators under contract, licence, permit or authorisation granted by public authorities, in order to promote clean and energy efficient vehicles.

This Directive seeks to promote and stimulate the market for environmentally friendly and energy efficient vehicles, by using public procurement based on the inclusion of real operational lifetime costs, including environmental costs, as an active tool. The Directive requires the inclusion of operational lifetime costs of energy consumption, CO2 emissions, and pollutant emissions as award criteria in the procurement of new road transport vehicles, including the retrofitting of such vehicles with engines and replacement parts, by contracting authorities or contracting entities within the meaning of Directives 2004/17/EC and 2004/18/EC or as criteria for the purchase of such vehicles by operators under contract, licence, permit or authorisation granted by public authorities.

 

The objective of this Directive is to ensure a level of demand for clean and energy efficient road transport vehicles which is sufficiently substantial to encourage manufacturers and the industry to invest in and further develop vehicles with low costs in terms of energy consumption, CO2 emissions, and pollutant emissions.

 

This Directive shall not apply to the retrofitting with engines and replacement parts of road transport vehicles that have exceeded 75% of their total lifetime mileage.

 

Without prejudice to the relevant law, in particular the Community legislation on state aid and Regulation (EC) No 1370/2007 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2007 on public passenger transport services by rail and by road and repealing Council Regulations (EEC) Nos 1191/69 and 1107/701, Member States may promote the procurement or the purchase of clean and energy efficient road transport vehicles, including retrofitting with engines and replacement parts where such vehicles have not exceeded 75% of their total lifetime mileage.

 

1 OJ L 291, 9.11.2007, p. 25

Justification

The scope of the directive should cover the retrofitting of type-approved road transport vehicles with engines and replacement parts. Special vehicles used in connection with local public transport, such as to maintain overhead cables, are procured in very small numbers and as one-off models. Such vehicles should be excluded from the scope of the directive, since their widely varying journey cycles rule out the harmonised calculation of energy consumption and pollutant emissions. This exclusion would reduce the costs involved in monitoring the transposition and implementation of the directive. The scope of the directive should cover type-approved road transport vehicles of M and N categories, including retrofitting with engines and replacement parts. In order to promote the replacement of old or polluting vehicles, as well as innovation, and ensure the beneficial effects of the proposed measure, the engines and the replacement parts should apply to those vehicles which have not exceeded 75% of their total lifetime mileage. State aid for the procurement of road transport vehicles should comply with EC rules.

Amendment  22

Proposal for a directive

Article 1 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

Article 1a

 

The following vehicle types shall be exempt from the scope of this Directive:

 

- vehicles providing vital emergency services such as ambulances, organ transplant or blood supply vehicles, fire and rescue vehicles and civil emergency vehicles;

 

- vehicles which are used by authorities/operators to provide operational support and to maintain infrastructure in connection with local public transport;

 

- highly specialised vehicles produced in low volume.

Justification

The scope of the Directive needs to be clarified. Emergency vehicles and other highly specialised vehicles are expensive and produced in low volumes which means that they are not effective “market drivers”. Special vehicles used in connection with local public transport, such as to maintain overhead cables, are procured in very small numbers and as one-off models. Such vehicles should be excluded from the scope of the directive, since their widely varying journey cycles rule out the harmonised calculation of energy consumption and pollutant emissions. This exclusion would reduce the costs involved in monitoring the transposition and implementation of the directive.

Amendment  23

Proposal for a directive

Article 2 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. Member States shall ensure that, no later than from the date referred to in Article 7(1), the contracting authorities or contracting entities within the meaning of Directives 2004/17/EC and 2004/18/EC use the methodology defined in Article 3, whenever they apply operational lifetime costs for energy consumption, CO2 emissions, and pollutant emissions as award criteria for the procurement of road transport vehicles.

1. Member States shall ensure that, no later than from the date referred to in Article 7(1), the contracting authorities or contracting entities within the meaning of Directives 2004/17/EC and 2004/18/EC use the methodology defined in Article 3, whenever they apply operational lifetime costs for energy consumption, CO2 emissions, and pollutant emissions in conjunction with other award criteria for the procurement of road transport vehicles.

Justification

Energy consumption costs, and the costs arising from CO2 and pollutant emissions, should be treated as a voluntary criterion to enable purchasers to select tenders that are environmentally friendly as well as offering the best value for money.

Amendment  24

Proposal for a directive

Article 2 - paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. Member States shall ensure that, no later than from 1 January 2012, all public procurement of road transport vehicles by contracting authorities or contracting entities within the meaning of Directives 2004/17/EC and 2004/18/EC includes operational lifetime costs for energy consumption, CO2 emissions, and pollutant emissions of road transport vehicles as award criteria, following the methodology defined in Article 3.

2. Member States shall ensure that, no later than from 1 January 2010, all public procurement of road transport vehicles by contracting authorities or contracting entities within the meaning of Directives 2004/17/EC and 2004/18/EC includes operational lifetime costs for energy consumption, CO2 emissions, and pollutant emissions of road transport vehicles in the range of award criteria, following the methodology defined in Article 3.

Justification

Energy consumption costs, and the costs arising from CO2 and pollutant emissions, should be treated as a voluntary criterion to enable purchasers to select tenders that are environmentally friendly as well as offering the best value for money.

Amendment  25

Proposal for a directive

Article 2 - paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3. Member States shall ensure that, no later than from 1 January 2012, all purchase of road transport vehicles for the provision of public passenger transport services under licence, permit or authorisation granted by public authorities includes operational lifetime costs for energy consumption, CO2 emissions, and pollutant emissions of road transport vehicles as criteria, following the methodology defined in Article 3.

3. Member States shall ensure that, no later than from 1 January 2010, any purchase of road transport vehicles for the provision of public passenger transport services under licence, permit or authorisation granted by public authorities includes operational lifetime costs for energy consumption, CO2 emissions, and pollutant emissions of road transport vehicles in the range of criteria, following the methodology defined in Article 3.

Justification

Energy consumption costs, and the costs arising from CO2 and pollutant emissions, should be treated as a voluntary criterion to enable purchasers to select tenders that are environmentally friendly as well as offering the best value for money.

Amendment  26

Proposal for a directive

Article 2 – paragraph 3 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

3a. Local, regional or national authorities which procure clean and energy efficient vehicles in respect of at least 75% of their annual specific procurement may use the label 'clean and energy efficient urban road transport'. The Commission shall establish a uniform design for this label.

Justification

Builds on Rapporteur's amendment, but suggests that labelling should be restricted to those public authorities that purchase clear majority of vehicles based on their environmental performance.

Amendment  27

Proposal for a directive

Article 2 – paragraph 3 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

3b. Manufacturers of road transport vehicles covered by this Directive must provide indicative data for total lifetime energy consumption, CO2 emissions and pollutant emissions for these vehicles when they are offered for sale.

Justification

Manufacturers are the best placed in the procurement / purchase cycle of road transport vehicles to provide indicative data for total lifetime energy consumption, CO2 and pollutant emissions for their vehicles when they are offered for sale. Such a precedent for ‘eco-labelling’ has already been set in EU legislation.

Amendment  28

Proposal for a directive

Article 2 – paragraph 3 c (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

3c. Member States may apply more stringent award criteria to the procurement of clean and energy efficient vehicles, and may elect to purchase reconditioned vehicles or have existing vehicles modernised by, for example, fitting them with particulate traps and start-stop systems or adapting engines to run on cleaner fuels, in order to improve environmental performance.

Justification

Logical consequence of the subsidiarity principle and enlarges upon recital 16.

Amendment  29

Proposal for a directive

Article 3 – title

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Energy and environmental costs as award criteria in the procurement of vehicles

Procurement of clean and energy efficient vehicles

Amendment  30

Proposal for a directive

Article 3 – paragraph 1 – introductory paragraph

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. For the purposes of this Directive, operational lifetime costs for energy consumption, CO2 emissions, and pollutant emissions linked to the operation of the vehicles under procurement shall be monetised and calculated following the methodology set out in points (a), (b) and (c).

1. For the purposes of this Directive, operational lifetime costs for energy consumption, CO2 emissions, and pollutant emissions linked to the operation of the new vehicles under procurement shall be monetised and calculated following the methodology set out in points (a), (b) and (c).

Justification

In many areas, local authorities have no choice but to purchase used vehicles.

Amendment  31

Proposal for a directive

Article 3 - paragraph 1 - point a - indent 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

- the fuel consumption per kilometre of a vehicle according to paragraph 2 of this Article shall be converted into energy consumption per kilometre, using the conversion factors of Table 1 in the Annex for the energy content of the different fuels;

- the fuel consumption per kilometre of a vehicle according to paragraph 2 of this Article shall be counted in units of energy consumption per kilometre whether this is given directly, which is the case for instance for electrical cars, or not. Where the fuel consumption is given in different units, it shall be converted into energy consumption per kilometre, using the conversion factors of Table 1 in the Annex for the energy content of the different fuels;

Amendment  32

Proposal for a directive

Article 3 – paragraph 1 – point a – indent 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

- a single monetary value per unit of energy shall be used. This single value shall be the lower of the cost per unit of energy of petrol or diesel before tax when used as a transport fuel;

- a single monetary value per unit of energy shall be used. This single value shall be the lower of the cost per unit of energy of petrol or diesel when used as a transport fuel and shall include tax where authorities are not exempted from fuel tax under national law;

Justification

Most public authorities pay fuel taxes as any other consumers and they are part of the fuel cost over the lifecycle of the vehicle.

Amendment  33

Proposal for a directive

Article 3 – paragraph 1 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b) The lifetime cost for the CO2 emissions of the operation of a vehicle shall be calculated by multiplying the lifetime mileage according to paragraph 3 by the CO2 emissions in kilograms per kilometre according to paragraph 2, and by the cost per kilogram taken from Table 2 in the Annex.

(b) The lifetime cost for the CO2 emissions of the operation of a vehicle shall be calculated by multiplying the lifetime mileage according to paragraph 3 by the CO2 emissions in kilograms per kilometre according to paragraph 2, and by the cost per kilogram taken from Table 2 in the Annex, or a higher cost.

Justification

If for reasons of commitments to greenhouse gas targets for example, public authorities wish to value CO2 emissions higher than the figures in the tables, it should be possible to do so.

Amendment  34

Proposal for a directive

Article 3 - paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. Fuel consumption, CO2 emissions, and pollutant emissions per kilometre for vehicle operation shall be based on standardised EU test procedures for the vehicles for which such test procedures are defined in EU type approval legislation. For vehicles not covered by standardised EU test procedures, comparability between different offers shall be ensured by using widely recognised test procedures, or the results of tests for the authority, or in the absence of these, information supplied by the manufacturer.

2. Fuel consumption, CO2 emissions, and pollutant emissions per kilometre for vehicle operation shall be based on standardised EU test procedures for the vehicles for which such test procedures are defined in EU type approval legislation. For vehicles not covered by standardised EU test procedures, comparability between different offers shall be ensured by using widely recognised test procedures, or the results of tests for the authority, or in the absence of these, information supplied by the manufacturer. The contracting authority or entity can require the results of tests carried out in the specific traffic conditions of the corresponding urban community, taking into account the load capacity.

Justification

The results of tests might not take into account the load and the traffic conditions for the corresponding contracting authority. In order to properly compare offers, the contracting authority can require the results of tests done in the specific traffic conditions of the corresponding urban community, taking into account the load capacity.

Amendment  35

Proposal for a directive

Article 3 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

Article 3a

 

Exemption in the event of existing alternative methods

 

At the request of local or regional authorities that have developed methods of calculating lifetime costs, including the environmental effects, which are specifically tailored to meet local needs and conditions, the Commission may exempt these local or regional authorities from the obligations relating to the calculations pursuant to Article 3, if the methods applied are deemed to have an equally positive effect on the environment as the promotion of clean and energy efficient vehicles.

Amendment  36

Proposal for a directive

Article 3 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

Article 3b

 

Energy and environmental costs as award criteria in the procurement of vehicles

 

The values specified in Table 2 of the Annex for calculating emissions costs are to be taken as minimum values. Where authorities choose to take environmental impacts into account by monetising them and including them in the overall cost assessment as set out in Article 3, they may use higher figures for valuing the costs of external energy and environment impacts than those specified in that Article.

Justification

Authorities should be free to use higher figures for valuing the cost of emissions than those specified by the Commission, where they so choose. Any figures agreed for valuing emissions should be minimum values, and should not prevent authorities that wish to do so from placing a higher value on environmental protection.

Amendment  37

Proposal for a directive

Article 3 c (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

Article 3c

 

Additional support for the public sector

 

1. Member States should undertake to inform public sector employees of the merits of alternative fuelled vehicles, including information on the location of refuelling and maintenance facilities, the range and performance capabilities of alternative fuelled vehicles, and available national and Community incentive programmes.

 

2. Member States shall encourage and incentivise suppliers of alternative fuels to make replacement fuels widely available to the public.

Justification

Public authorities need additional support, funding and other incentives to implement preferred greener options. Guidance should be provided on the way forward so that procurement officers have a fuller understanding of the overall performance, efficiency, availability and ease of use of the different.

Amendment  38

Proposal for a directive

Article 3 d (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

Article 3d

 

Transparency

 

Notwithstanding the provisions of Directives 2004/17/EC and 2004/18/EC, Member States shall ensure that, pursuant to Article 3, all the actors listed in Article 2 shall make available, on request, information about energy and environmental costs for each bid received.

 

To further stimulate the public political debate the Commission shall establish a scoreboard, based on the reporting pursuant to Article 6 and made available on the Internet, by means of which relatively similar cities and regions can be benchmarked and compared on their environmentally friendly procurement.

Justification

With a view to increasing transparency, contracting authorities and contracting entities should make information about energy and environmental costs available on request.

Amendment  39

Proposal for a directive

Article 4 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

Article 4a

 

Other award criteria and methodologies

 

Mandatory application of criteria for the procurement of clean and energy efficient vehicles does not preclude the prioritisation of award criteria or the inclusion of other relevant award criteria or methodologies. It also does not prevent the choice of retro-fitted vehicles upgraded for higher environmental performance.

Justification

It should be made clear that other criteria and methodologies may be used alongside the specified criteria in this directive.

Amendment  40

Proposal for a directive

Article 4 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

Article 4b

 

Standardised test procedures

 

The Commission shall adopt implementing measures in order to standardise test procedures for vehicles not covered by the standardised EU test procedures referred to in Article 3(2). These measures, designed to amend non-essential elements of this Directive by supplementing it, shall be adopted in accordance with the regulatory procedure with scrutiny referred to in Article 5(2).

Justification

In the absence of standardised EU test procedures for certain vehicles, the Commission should facilitate the objectives and the implementation of the measures provided under this directive. The new regulatory procedure with scrutiny shall be applied for the adoption of the implementing measures.

Amendment  41

Proposal for a directive

Article 4 c (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

Article 4c

 

Accompanying measures

 

Public authorities may encourage the improvement of urban traffic management through specific infrastructure components aiming to make public transportation more efficient.

Justification

The amendment aims to provide, through accompanying measures, for conditions necessary for the implementation of certain measures or infrastructure components related to this directive, such as special road traffic paths or signalling.

Amendment  42

Proposal for a directive

Article 5 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

Article 5a

 

Financing instruments

 

The Commission shall develop a European climate protection fund, which shall be used, inter alia, to encourage the purchase of clean and energy efficient road transport vehicles by authorities and operators within the meaning of Article 1.

 

The competent budgetary authorities shall set aside appropriate resources in the EU budget.

Justification

A European Climate Protection Fund represents a powerful means of speeding up the introduction of new technologies to combat climate change. In particular in the area of clean and energy-efficient road transport vehicles, the introduction of new technologies will be encouraged very effectively by the provision of ring-fenced public resources.

Amendment  43

Proposal for a directive

Article 5 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

Article 5b

 

Use of EC financial instruments

 

1. Member States and the Commission shall take into account, during the strategic follow-up and mid-term review of the national strategic reference frameworks and national and regional operational programmes, as defined by Regulation (EC) No 1083/2006 laying down general provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund and the Cohesion Fund, the eligibility of urban mobility and the promotion of clean and energy efficient road transport vehicles.

 

2. Member States and the Commission shall continue to support urban transport initiatives such as the CIVITAS programme and the Intelligent Energy-Europe programme.

Justification

The mid-term review of the national operational programmes could facilitate the promotion of clean and energy-efficient vehicles through better use of the different financial instruments available at national level as well as at Community level

Amendment  44

Proposal for a directive

Article 5 c (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

Article 5c

 

Exchanges and dissemination of information

 

1. Member States shall inform national, regional or local contracting authorities and contracting entities which provide public passenger transport services under licence, permit or authorisation granted by public authorities of the provisions of this Directive, along with the national laws transposing it, and shall likewise provide every assistance, and all necessary information, concerning the Community funding schemes applicable to the procurement procedures covered by this Directive.

 

2. The Commission shall encourage the dissemination of best practice to enable policies to be drawn up in the area of clean and energy efficient public transport services, by setting up an EU Internet site, in order to move gradually towards the application of standardised Community-wide criteria to the procurement of vehicles by the entities covered by this Directive.

 

3. The Commission shall publish on the Internet site all relevant information related to the financial instruments available in the individual Member States for urban mobility and for the promotion of clean and energy efficient road transport vehicles.

Justification

It is important to provide the relevant information to contracting authorities in order to better prepare for the acquisitions due to the fact that the 'green' award criteria will be new, in addition to the provisions of the Directives 2004/17/EC and 2004/18EC.

Amendment  45

Proposal for a directive

Article 6 - paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. The report shall assess the effects of this Directive and the need for further action, and include proposals as appropriate.

2. No later than three years after the date referred to in Article 8, and every two years thereafter, the Commission shall prepare a report on the application of this Directive, including the information referred to in paragraph 1, and on the actions taken by individual Member States to promote the procurement of clean and energy efficient road transport vehicles. The report shall assess the effects of this Directive including quantitative indicators to evaluate the environmental benefits, the reporting by Member States and the need for further action, and include proposals as appropriate.

 

The Commission shall compare the nominal and relative figures of vehicles purchased corresponding to the best market alternative in terms of overall lifetime costs, including external costs, within each of the four categories of vehicles to the overall market for these vehicles and estimate how the criteria set out in Article 3 have affected the market.

 

 

Amendment  46

Proposal for a directive

Annex – Table 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Table 1: Energy content of motor fuels

Table 1: Energy content of motor fuels

Fuel Energy Content

Fuel Energy Content

Diesel 36 MJ/litre

Diesel 36 MJ/litre

Petrol 32 MJ/litre

Petrol 32 MJ/litre

Natural gas 38 MJ/Nm3

Natural gas 33 MJ/Nm3

LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) 24 MJ/litre

LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) 24 MJ/litre

Ethanol 21 MJ/litre

Ethanol 21 MJ/litre

Biodiesel 33 MJ/litre

Biodiesel 33 MJ/litre

Emulsion fuel 32 MJ/litre

Emulsion fuel 32 MJ/litre

Hydrogen 11 MJ/Nm3

Hydrogen 11 MJ/Nm3

Justification

Under type approval procedures, ruled consumption for passenger cars takes into account the fact that natural gas can be of low energy content. In order to ensure consistency with the ruled consumptions for existing vehicles, a value of 33 MJ, which refers to a mixed methane-type product, should be used, rather than that of 38 MJ. Were the value suggested by the Commission to stand, problems would arise concerning a lack of consistency between the parameters established in the present proposal and the type approval parameters currently recognised as being official and a reference.

Amendment  47

Proposal for a directive

Annex – Table 2 - column 1 - row 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2 €cents/kg

3 €cents/kg or the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) market price, whichever is higher

Justification

30€ / ton is more likely to represent an accurate carbon price over lifetime of vehicles purchased after 2010.


EXPLANATORY STATEMENT

The present proposal incorporates previous recommendations made by the Committee on the Environment

The current proposal replaces a previous proposal (COM (2005), 634 final) and, in key areas – as a result of consideration by the Committee on the Environment – incorporates a number of practical recommendations made by your rapporteur and other Members of Parliament.

Some of the most important features are that:

· all vehicles are covered by the Directive,

· CO2 emissions are included,

· the model is technology-neutral and flexible (rather than a static standard),

· public procurement is maintained as an instrument for promoting environmentally friendly vehicles,

· specific local considerations may be taken into account so that the subsidiarity principle is respected.

Lifetime costs calculated

The Directive requires all public procurers – or actors acting on behalf of or under licence from the public sector – to calculate not only the purchase price but also the lifetime costs for fuel, CO2 emissions and air pollution, and to use those as a criterion for purchase.

Public procurement as market catalyst

The Committee supports the idea of using public procurement as a market catalyst for environmentally friendly vehicles and has, therefore, adapted Article 1, stressing this aspect as a significant objective of the directive.

At European level, public procurement represents a very significant share of the market and having public authorities take a leading role by calculating and using ‘lifetime costs’ as a basis for procurement will ensure that the automobile industry is prompted to develop and invest in environmentally friendly vehicles with lower CO2 and pollutant emissions.

Transparency and public debate

If local decisions concerning the procurement of vehicles are to be swayed by environmental considerations, it is crucial that NGOs, citizens and local politicians have access to information about such procurement.

Therefore, the Directive is amended in a number of areas with a view to strengthening transparency and public access to information, and improving the scope for comparison.

These amendments include:

· local authorities making available all information concerning lifetime costs in connection with procurement decisions,

· the Commission establishing a scoreboard making it possible to compare how good local authorities are at buying environmentally friendly vehicles,

· the introduction of an ‘environmentally friendly procurement label’ which can be used by local and regional authorities pioneering the procurement of environmentally friendly vehicles.

Review and assessment of the impact of the Directive

It is important to assess to what extent the Directive in its present form has the desired effect. The Committee, therefore, proposed a number of amendments to ensure specific follow-up and evaluation of the impact on the market and the environment.

The Commission is, therefore, required:

· to report every other year on the implementation and impact of the Directive on the market in the various categories of vehicle and on the environment.

Implementation

It should be possible to introduce and use the prescribed method for calculating lifetime costs as early as 2010 and the Committee, therefore, proposes that the date should be brought forward so that the environmental and market effects can come into force as quickly as possible.


OPINION of the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (17.6.2008)

for the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety

on the revised proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the promotion of clean and energy efficient road transport vehicles

(COM(2007)0817 – C6-0008/2008 – 2005/0283(COD))

Draftsman: Andreas Schwab

SHORT JUSTIFICATION

Your draftsperson in principle welcomes the Commission proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the promotion of clean and energy efficient road transport vehicles as this can be regarded as an opportunity to promote clean and energy efficient products. He recognises that this proposal presents an improvement over previous proposals and he particularly welcomes the technology neutral approach.

The draftsperson disagrees however with the Commission proposal to make the green and energy efficient public procurement criteria mandatory. He considers that the proposed introduction of mandatory criteria in public procurement, even though the intention in this case is laudable, does not necessarily sit well with fundamental principles of Community public procurement law, and may risk setting an unwelcome precedent. He therefore proposes leaving it up to the contracting authorities of Member States to choose when to apply such criteria, which does not preclude sending a strong message to contracting authorities and entities encouraging them to introduce these environmental criteria for the type of procurement at stake.

For clarity, the draftsperson also calls for a clear reference to be made in this proposal to the applicable monetary thresholds of public procurement Directives 2004/17/EC and 2004/18/EC, as the Commission proposal makes no direct reference to applicable minimum thresholds above which these new rules apply.

In accordance with the Interinstitutional Agreement on better law-making, the draftsperson proposes a recital encouraging Member States to draw up their own tables illustrating the correlation between this Directive and the transposition measures, and make them public.

As the proposal particularly affects the commercial vehicles sector (e.g. specialised trucks and busses for operational support and infrastructure maintenance, cleaning machines), the draftsperson proposes an exemption of certain vehicles from the scope as these have individual designs and equipment and their energy consumption therefore varies from that of other vehicles.

Your draftsperson points out that the impact assessment for this proposal is incomplete with regard to e.g. the expected costs, the scientific evidence that backs up the link made between the internalisation of external costs into concrete numbers and furthermore does not take into consideration existing standards such as the EURO standards. He therefore calls upon the Commission to assess the effects and the methodology of this Directive on a 2-year basis and, in this context, to take into consideration e.g. climate impact from renewable fuels and new developments with regard to the EURO standards (the forthcoming EURO VI legislation).

Given the very tight timetable for adoption of the opinion, dictated by the lead Committee's timetable, your draftsperson also reserves the right to propose further amendments on these points at a later stage in the procedure.

AMENDMENTS

The Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection calls on the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, as the committee responsible, to incorporate the following amendments in its report:

Amendment  1

Proposal for a directive

Recital 9

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(9) The CARS 21 High Level Group report of 12 December 2005 supported the Commission's initiative on the promotion of clean and energy-efficient vehicles, on condition that a technology-neutral and performance based is taken.

(9) The CARS 21 High Level Group report of 12 December 2005 supported the Commission's initiative on the promotion of clean and energy-efficient vehicles, on condition that a technology-neutral and performance based integrated approach involving vehicle manufacturers, oil or fuel suppliers, repairers, customers or drivers and public authorities is taken.

Amendment  2

Proposal for a directive

Recital 11

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(11) Clean and energy efficient vehicles initially have a higher price than conventional ones. Creating sufficient demand for such vehicles should ensure that economies of scale can lead to cost reductions.

(11) Clean and energy efficient vehicles initially have a higher price than conventional ones. Creating sufficient demand for such vehicles should ensure that economies of scale lead to cost reductions and an economy based on renewable energies.

Amendment  3

Proposal for a directive

Recital 11 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(11a) This Directive addresses the need to provide additional support for public authorities through financial incentives and incentives relating to information and education.

Justification

Public authorities need additional support, funding and other incentives to implement preferred greener options. Guidance should be provided on the way forward so that procurement officers have a fuller understanding of the overall performance, efficiency, availability and ease of use of the different vehicle/fuel types under consideration. This would help avoid wasting limited resources and public money and allow procurement managers to make more informed choices about new vehicle technologies.

Amendment  4

Proposal for a directive

Recital 14 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(14a) When fulfilling the requirement to take energy and environmental impacts into account by setting technical specifications, contracting authorities, entities and operators are free to set specifications of a higher level of energy and environmental performance than laid down in EU legislation, taking account for example of future EURO standards.

Justification

In the proposal there are inconsistencies between existing and forthcoming legislation (EURO VI), e.g. in relation to the definition of mileage. The authorities concerned should therefore be able to take into consideration existing and forthcoming European standards.

Amendment  5

Proposal for a directive

Recital 16

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(16) Mandatory application of criteria for the procurement of clean and energy efficient vehicles does not preclude the inclusion of other relevant award criteria. It also does not prevent the choice of retro-fitted vehicles upgraded for higher environmental performance.

(16) The environmental criteria set out in this Directive do not prevent the choice of retro-fitted vehicles upgraded for higher environmental performance.

Justification

The mandatory environmental criteria envisaged do not fit in well with the public procurement Directives 2004/17/EC and 2004/18/EC. Contracting authorities should be free to choose which criteria they specify in tender documentation and continue to be able to award on the basis of the most economically advantageous tender (MEAT) or the lowest price, applying the proposed environmental criteria on a voluntary basis.

Amendment  6

Proposal for a directive

Recital 19 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(19a) In accordance with point 34 of the Interinstitutional Agreement on better law-making1, Member States should draw up, for themselves and in the interests of the Community, their own tables illustrating, as far as possible, the correlation between this Directive and the transposition measures, and make them public.

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1 OJ C 321, 31.12.2003, p. 1.

Justification

For further transparency in implementation.

Amendment  7

Proposal for a directive

Recital 19 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(19b) Priority should be given to vehicles with alternative fuels that lead to clean road transport and a significant improvement in air quality. Therefore the Commission and the Member States should promote the development of hydrogen-powered motor vehicles.

Justification

We should this as an opportunity to promote clean energies such as hydrogen. It is imperative that we encourage the development of this technology.

Amendment  8

Proposal for a directive

Recital 19 c (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(19c) The Member States should involve municipalities and regions in further efforts to implement, follow up and evaluate the provisions of this Directive.

Justification

Participation at all level of government is needed for better implementation.

Amendment  9

Proposal for a directive

Recital 19 d (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(19d) The Member States and the Commission should focus on the promotion of hydrogen as the fuel of the future. Hydrogen is a clean way of powering vehicles, and its use should contribute to the creation of a pollution-free economy, as vehicles propelled by hydrogen produce neither carbon-based pollutants nor emissions of green-house gases from the exhaust pipe,

Justification

We should this as an opportunity to promote clean energies such as hydrogen. It is imperative that we encourage the development of this technology.

Amendment  10

Proposal for a directive

Article 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

This Directive requires the inclusion of operational lifetime costs of energy consumption, CO2 emissions, and pollutant emissions as award criteria in the procurement of road transport vehicles, by contracting authorities or contracting entities within the meaning of Directives 2004/17/EC and 2004/18/EC or as criteria for the purchase of such vehicles by operators under contract, licence, permit or authorisation granted by public authorities, in order to promote clean and energy efficient vehicles.

This Directive requires contracting authorities and contracting entities within the meaning of Directives 2004/17/EC and 2004/18/EC, as well as certain operators under contract, license, permit or authorisation granted by public authorities, to take account, on a voluntary basis, of the operational lifetime costs of energy consumption, CO2 emissions and pollutant emissions when procuring road transport vehicles, so as to promote clean and energy efficient vehicles.

Justification

The mandatory environmental criteria envisaged do not fit in well with the public procurement Directives 2004/17/EC and 2004/18/EC. Contracting authorities should be free to choose which criteria they specify in tender documentation and continue to be able to award on the basis of the most economically advantageous tender (MEAT) or the lowest price, applying the proposed environmental criteria on a voluntary basis.

Amendment  11

Proposal for a directive

Article 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Article 2

Article 2

Procurement of clean and energy efficient vehicles

Scope

1. Member States shall ensure that, no later than from the date referred to in Article 7(1), the contracting authorities or contracting entities within the meaning of Directives 2004/17/EC and 2004/18/EC use the methodology defined in Article 3, whenever they apply operational lifetime costs for energy consumption, CO2 emissions, and pollutant emissions as award criteria for the procurement of road transport vehicles.

1. This Directive shall apply to contracts for the procurement of road transport vehicles by:

 

(a) contracting authorities and entities under an obligation to apply the procurement rules set out in Directives 2004/17/EC and 2004/18/EC, in accordance with the applicable thresholds set out in those Directives;

 

(b) operators for the discharge of public service obligations under a public service contract within the meaning of Regulation (EC) No 1370/2007 in excess of a threshold which shall be defined by Member States not exceeding the thresholds set out in Directives 2004/17/EC and 2004/18/EC.

2. Member States shall ensure that, no later than from 1 January 2012, all public procurement of road transport vehicles by contracting authorities or contracting entities within the meaning of Directives 2004/17/EC and 2004/18/EC includes operational lifetime costs for energy consumption, CO2 emissions, and pollutant emissions of road transport vehicles as award criteria, following the methodology defined in Article 3.

2. In cases where contracting authorities or contracting entities within the meaning of Directives 2004/17/EC and 2004/EC/18 and operators for the discharge of public service obligations under a public service contract within the meaning of Regulation (EC) No 1370/2007 apply operational lifetime costs for energy consumption, CO2 emissions and pollutant emissions as award criteria for the procurement of road transport vehicles, they may apply the methodology set out in Article 3.

3. Member States shall ensure that, no later than from 1 January 2012, all purchase of road transport vehicles for the provision of public passenger transport services under licence, permit or authorisation granted by public authorities includes operational lifetime costs for energy consumption, CO2 emissions, and pollutant emissions of road transport vehicles as criteria, following the methodology defined in Article 3.

 

Justification

A clear link needs to be drawn between this proposal and the classic public procurement directives (2004/17 EC and 2004/18 EC). Additionally, the Commission proposal makes no reference to minimum monetary thresholds above which the rules apply Furthermore, an exemption for certain vehicles from the scope is required as these have individual designs and equipment and their energy consumption therefore varies from that of other vehicles.

Amendment  12

Proposal for a directive

Article 2 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

Article 2a

 

Definitions

 

For the purposes of this Directive:

 

- 'Contracting authorities' shall mean contracting authorities as defined in Article 2(1)(a) of Directive 2004/17/EC and in Article 1(9) of Directive 2004/18/EC;

 

- 'Contracting entities' shall mean contracting entities as referred to in Article 2(2) of Directive 2004/17/EC;

 

- 'Road transport vehicle' shall mean a vehicle covered by the vehicle categories listed in Table 3 in the Annex.

Justification

The Commission proposal would benefit from a separate section detailing relevant definitions.

Amendment  13

Proposal for a directive

Article 3 – title

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Energy and environmental costs as award criteria in the procurement of vehicles

Procurement of clean and energy efficient vehicles

Amendment  14

Proposal for a directive

Article 3 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. For the purposes of this Directive, operational lifetime costs for energy consumption, CO2 emissions, and pollutant emissions linked to the operation of the vehicles under procurement shall be monetised and calculated following the methodology set out in points (a), (b) and (c).

1. Member States shall ensure that, no later than the date referred to in Article 7(1), all contracting authorities, entities, and operators referred to in Article 2, when procuring road transport vehicles, take account, on a voluntary basis, of the operational lifetime energy and environmental impacts referred to in paragraph 1a of this Article, and apply one of the options set out in paragraph 1b.

(a) The lifetime cost of the energy consumption for the operation of a vehicle shall be calculated using the following methodology:

 

– the fuel consumption per kilometre of a vehicle according to paragraph 2 of his Article shall be converted into energy consumption per kilometre, using the conversion factors of Table 1 in the Annex for the energy content of the different fuels;

 

– a single monetary value per unit of energy shall be used. This single value shall be the lower of the cost per unit of energy of petrol or diesel before tax when used as a transport fuel;

 

– lifetime cost of the energy consumption for the operation of a vehicle shall be calculated by multiplying the lifetime mileage according to paragraph 3 by the energy consumption per kilometre according to the first indent of this paragraph, and by the cost per unit of energy according to the second indent of this paragraph.

 

(b) The lifetime cost for the CO2 emissions of the operation of a vehicle shall be calculated by multiplying the lifetime mileage according to paragraph 3 by the CO2 emissions in kilograms per kilometre according to paragraph 2, and by the cost per kilogram taken from Table 2 in the Annex.

 

(c) The lifetime cost for the pollutant emissions of the operation of a vehicle shall be calculated by adding up the lifetime costs for emissions of oxides of nitrogen, non-methane hydrocarbons, and particulate matter. The lifetime cost for each pollutant shall be calculated by multiplying the lifetime mileage according to paragraph 3 by the emissions in grams per kilometre according to paragraph 2, and by the respective cost per gram taken from Table 2 in the Annex.

 

(First part of this amendment comes from the Article 2 of the Commission proposal)

Justification

This amendment clarifies the application of the Commission proposal to make it consistent with the existing EU public procurement rules.

Amendment  15

Proposal for a directive

Article 3 – paragraph 1 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

1a. The energy and environmental impacts to be considered shall include at least the following:

 

a) energy consumption;

 

b) CO2 emissions;

 

c) emissions of pollutants, as defined in the Annex.

 

In addition to the energy and environmental impacts referred to in the first subparagraph, contracting authorities, contracting entities and operators may also consider including other environmental impacts linked to the operation of the vehicles under procurement.

Justification

This amendment clarifies the application of the Commission proposal to make it consistent with the existing EU public procurement rules.

Amendment  16

Proposal for a directive

Article 3 – paragraph 1 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

1b. The requirements of paragraphs 1 and 1b shall be met by means of one of the following options:

 

(a) by setting, in the tender documentation for the procurement of road transport vehicles in respect of the environmental criteria, technical specifications based, where possible, on European standards such as EURO emission classes for energy and on environmental performance; or

 

(b) by including energy and environmental criteria, as defined in Article 4, in the contract award criteria.

 

In cases where these impacts are monetised for inclusion in the award decision, Member States may apply the following provisions on a voluntary basis:

 

(a) the lifetime cost of the energy consumption for the operation of a vehicle shall be calculated using the following methodology:

 

– the fuel consumption per kilometre of a vehicle under paragraph 2 shall be converted into energy consumption per kilometre, using the conversion factors set out in Table 1 in the Annex for the energy content of the different fuels;

 

– a single monetary value per unit of energy shall be used. This single value shall be the lower of the cost per unit of energy of petrol or diesel before tax when used as a transport fuel;

 

– the lifetime cost of the energy consumption for the operation of a vehicle shall be calculated by multiplying the lifetime mileage under paragraph 3 by the energy consumption per kilometre under the first indent of this subparagraph, and by the cost per unit of energy under the second indent of this subparagraph;

 

(b) the lifetime cost of the CO2 emissions of the operation of a vehicle shall be calculated by multiplying the lifetime mileage under paragraph 3 by the CO2 emissions in kilograms per kilometre under paragraph 2, and by the cost per kilogram under Table 2 in the Annex;

 

(c) the lifetime cost of the pollutant emissions of the operation of a vehicle shall be calculated by totalling the lifetime costs of emissions of oxides of nitrogen and non-methane hydrocarbons and particulate matter. The lifetime cost of each pollutant shall be calculated by multiplying the lifetime mileage under paragraph 3 by the emissions in grams per kilometre under paragraph 2, and by the respective cost per gram under Table 2 in the Annex.

(Points (a), (b) and (c) of the second subparagraph come from Article 3, paragraph 1 of the Commission proposal)

Justification

This amendment clarifies the application of the Commission proposal to make it consistent with the existing EU public procurement rules.

PROCEDURE

Title

Promotion of clean road transport vehicles

References

COM(2007)0817 – C6-0008/2008 – COM(2005)0634 – C6-0008/2006 – 2005/0283(COD)

Committee responsible

ENVI

Opinion by

       Date announced in plenary

IMCO

 

 

 

Drafts(wo)man

       Date appointed

Andreas Schwab

6.5.2008

 

 

Discussed in committee

3.6.2008

16.6.2008

 

 

Date adopted

16.6.2008

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

28

0

0

Members present for the final vote

Cristian Silviu Buşoi, Charlotte Cederschiöld, Janelly Fourtou, Evelyne Gebhardt, Martí Grau i Segú, Małgorzata Handzlik, Malcolm Harbour, Edit Herczog, Iliana Malinova Iotova, Kurt Lechner, Lasse Lehtinen, Arlene McCarthy, Nickolay Mladenov, Catherine Neris, Bill Newton Dunn, Zita Pleštinská, Karin Riis-Jørgensen, Heide Rühle, Leopold Józef Rutowicz, Christel Schaldemose, Andreas Schwab, Eva-Britt Svensson, Jacques Toubon, Bernadette Vergnaud

Substitute(s) present for the final vote

Colm Burke, Giovanna Corda, Jan Cremers, Manuel Medina Ortega, Anja Weisgerber

Substitute(s) under Rule 178(2) present for the final vote

Dragoş Florin David


OPINION of the Committee on Transport and Tourism (30.5.2008)

for the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety

on the revised proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the promotion of clean and energy-efficient road transport vehicles

(COM(2007)0817 – C6-0008/2008 – 2005/0283(COD))

Draftswoman: Silvia-Adriana Ţicău

SHORT JUSTIFICATION

Road urban transport and climate change

Climate change affects every European, every day. The EU, has agreed to reduce by 20% our greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, to increase its energy efficiency by 20% and to use renewables for at least 20% of the EU's overall energy consumption.

In the EU, the road transport sector is responsible for 26% of final energy consumption and 24% of CO2 emissions. Urban transport accounts for 40 % of the CO2 emissions of road transport and up to 70 % of other pollutants from transport. Though a major contributor to growth, transport also involves a cost to society.

The content of the proposal

The new proposal replaces the initial Commission proposal, which was rejected by Parliament in committee in the year 2006(1). The new proposal is based on a new technological approach which, according to the Commission, is neutral. The controversial provision to ensure that public bodies procure a certain quota of clean vehicles, i.e. a threshold of 25%, was removed from the text of the proposal.

The Commission introduces a harmonised and monetised methodology for clean and energy-efficient vehicle procurement for public transport. Operational lifetime costs for energy consumption, CO2 emissions and pollutant emissions should be included as award criteria for all procurement of road transport vehicles by public authorities and by operators providing services under a contract with a public authority. The lifetime of a vehicle is defined according to the technical specifications and in their absence, the Commission sets a lifetime mileage for road transport vehicles.

The green award criteria can be included initially on a voluntary basis and become mandatory from a date no later than from 2012.

The proposal seeks to have the effect of lowering the costs of clean and energy-efficient vehicles by creating a critical mass of green market vehicles. Existing legislation (EURO vehicle emission standards) can be used in the award criteria.

The mandatory application of criteria for the procurement of clean and energy-efficient vehicles does not preclude the inclusion of other relevant criteria and permits also the retrofitting of vehicles with upgraded environmental technology and performance.

Although a full impact assessment is not provided with the new proposal, the Commission estimates procurement by public authorities at 16% of EU GDP (approximately €1500 billion), with a total annual vehicle procurement of 110 000 passenger cars, 110 000 light commercial vehicles, 35 000 lorries and 17 000 buses for the EU.

Draftswoman's proposals

The proposed methodology aims to be a useful tool for the national, regional and local authorities, helping them to take the most intelligent decision for urban mobility with respect to the environment. Cleaner vehicles and intelligent cars are more expensive today. For the procurement of clean and energy-efficient vehicles, the contracting authorities should consider the minimum cost criteria as well as the 'green award' criteria.  

The draftswoman considers that the aim of the directive will be achieved if the following conditions are considered:

· Member States shall inform all national, regional or local contracting authorities and contracting entities within the meaning of Directives 2004/17/EC and 2004/18/EC of the 'green' criteria for the purchase of such vehicles by operators under contract, licence, permit or authorisation granted by public authorities in order to promote clean and energy-efficient vehicles. The contracting authority may require tests for specific traffic conditions and load capacity.

· Member States shall exchange information related to the green public procurements and their funding. This information shall include, but shall not be limited to, the Structural Funds, the Cohesion Fund, JESSICA, the 7th Research Framework Programme, State or Community aids, national or European grants and loans. Member States can use better the European financial instruments to improve urban mobility and urban air quality.

· Competitive prices should be encouraged so that the price difference between a clean and energy-efficient vehicle and a traditional vehicle would not be a disadvantage for the green vehicle market.

· A common European website and a database with all applicable legislation and all public procurements promoting clean and energy-efficient road transport vehicles and the applicable financial instruments should be provided by the Commission .

· A common European label for green vehicle procurement should be used by local, regional and national authorities.

· Members States and the Commission shall take the necessary measures to consider, urban mobility and the promotion of clean and energy-efficient road transport vehicles within the strategic follow-up and mid-term review of the national strategic reference frameworks and national and regional operational programmes, as defined by Regulation (EC) No 1083/2006. CIVITAS and the Intelligent Energy - Europe programmes should continue to be supported.

AMENDMENTS

The Committee on Transport and Tourism calls on the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, as the committee responsible, to incorporate the following amendments in its report:

Amendment  1

Proposal for a directive

Recital 10 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

10a. Member States should inform national, regional or local contracting authorities and contracting entities which provide public passenger transport services under licence, permit or authorisation granted by public authorities on the provisions related to the procurement of clean and energy-efficient road transport vehicles.

Justification

It is important to provide the relevant information to the contracting authorities in order to better prepare for acquisitions due to the fact that the 'green' award criteria will be new, in addition to the provisions of the Directives 2004/17/EC and 2004/18/EC.

Amendment  2

Proposal for a directive

Recital 11

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

11. Clean and energy efficient vehicles initially have a higher price than conventional ones. Creating sufficient demand for such vehicles should ensure that economies of scale can lead to cost reductions.

11. Clean and energy-efficient vehicles initially have a higher price than conventional ones. Creating sufficient demand for such vehicles should ensure that economies of scale can lead to cost reductions. Companies should be encouraged to promote competitive prices so that the price difference between a clean and energy-efficient vehicle and a traditional vehicle would not be to the disadvantage of the green vehicle market.

Justification

In order to benefit from the economies of scale, efforts from the industry sector are needed to make clean vehicles have competitive prices too.

Amendment  3

Proposal for a directive

Recital 11

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(11) Clean and energy-efficient vehicles initially have a higher price than conventional ones. Creating sufficient demand for such vehicles should ensure that economies of scale can lead to cost reductions.

(11) Clean and energy-efficient vehicles initially have a higher price than conventional ones. Creating sufficient demand for such vehicles should ensure that economies of scale can lead to cost reductions and that it will be possible to set up the facilities necessary in order to supply fuels of every type specified in the Annex.

Amendment  4

Proposal for a directive

Recital 16 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(16a) The energy and environmental award criteria should be among the various award criteria to be taken into consideration by contracting authorities or contracting entities when they are called upon to take a decision on the procurement of clean and energy- efficient road transport vehicles.

Justification

This directive provides non-exhaustive criteria that can be applied by local authorities or entities to the procurement of clean and energy-efficient road transport vehicles.

Amendment  5

Proposal for a directive

Recital 17 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(17a) State aid for the procurement of road transport vehicles, including the retrofitting of type-approval vehicles with engines and replacement parts, should be allowed under Community rules. Such State aid may be justified in the light of the general interest of the Community, in particular as regards urban sustainable transport mobility.

Justification

State aid for the procurement of road transport vehicles should comply with EC rules.

Amendment  6

Proposal for a directive

Recital 19 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

19a. Member States and the Commission should take into account, during the strategic follow-up and mid-term review of the national strategic reference frameworks and national and regional operational programmes, as defined by Regulation (EC) No 1083/2006, of 11 July 2006 laying down general provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund and the Cohesion Fund and regarding Regulation (EC) No 1260/19991, the eligibility of urban mobility for financial assistance and the promotion of clean and energy-efficient road transport vehicles. Taking into consideration the results achieved through the CIVITAS programme and the Intelligent Energy-Europe programme, Member States and the Commission should continue to support these initiatives.

1 OJ L 210, 31.7.2006, p. 25.

Justification

The Green paper on urban mobility was discussed until 15 March and many Member States failed to take these issues into account within the current National Operational Programmes. Good initiatives already in place which have helped to inform and to train local or central authorities should be supported and continued.

Amendment  7

Proposal for a directive

Article 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

This Directive requires the inclusion of operational lifetime costs of energy consumption, CO2 emissions, and pollutant emissions as award criteria in the procurement of road transport vehicles, by contracting authorities or contracting entities within the meaning of Directives 2004/17/EC and 2004/18/EC or as criteria for the purchase of such vehicles by operators under contract, licence, permit or authorisation granted by public authorities, in order to promote clean and energy-efficient vehicles.

This Directive requires the inclusion of operational lifetime costs of energy consumption, CO2 emissions, and pollutant emissions as award criteria in the procurement of road transport vehicles, including the retrofitting of such vehicles with engines and replacement parts, by contracting authorities or contracting entities within the meaning of Directives 2004/17/EC and 2004/18/EC or as criteria for the purchase of such vehicles by operators under contract, licence, permit or authorisation granted by public authorities, in order to promote clean and energy-efficient vehicles.

Justification

The scope of the directive should cover the retrofitting of type-approved road transport vehicles with engines and replacement parts.

Amendment  8

Proposal for a directive

Article 1 – subparagraph 1 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

This Directive shall not apply to the retrofitting with engines and replacement parts of road transport vehicles that have exceeded 75% of their total lifetime mileage.

Justification

The scope of the directive should cover type-approved road transport vehicles of M and N categories, including retrofitting with engines and replacement parts. In order to promote the replacement of old or polluting vehicles, as well as innovation, and ensure the beneficial effects of the proposed measure, the engines and the replacement parts should apply to those vehicles which have not exceeded 75% of their total lifetime mileage.

Amendment  9

Proposal for a directive

Article 1 – subparagraph 1 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

Without prejudice to the relevant law, in particular the Community legislation on State aid and Regulation (EC) No 1370/2007 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2007 on public passenger transport services by rail and by road and repealing Council Regulations (EEC) Nos 1191/69 and 1107/701, Member States may promote the procurement or the purchase of clean and energy-efficient road transport vehicles, including retrofitting with engines and replacement parts where such vehicles have not exceeded 75% of their total lifetime mileage.

1 OJ L 291, 9.11.2007, p. 25

Justification

State aid for the procurement of road transport vehicles should comply with EC rules.

Amendment  10

Proposal for a directive

Article 1 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

Article 1a

 

Definitions

 

Road transport vehicle’ means vehicles of M and N categories as defined in Directive 2007/46/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 September 2007 establishing a framework for the approval of motor vehicles and their trailers, and of systems, components and separate technical units intended for such vehicles (Framework Directive)1 and retrofitting with engines and replacement parts where such vehicles have not exceeded 75% of their total lifetime mileage.

1 OJ L 263, 9.10.2007, p. 1.

Justification

The definition of type-approved road transport vehicles of M and N categories should also cover retrofitting with engines and replacement parts. In order to promote the replacement of old or polluting vehicles, as well as innovation, and ensure the beneficial effects of the proposed measure, the engines and the replacement parts should apply to those vehicles which have not exceeded 75% of their total lifetime mileage.

Amendment  11

Proposal for a directive

Article 2 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. Member States shall ensure that, no later than from the date referred to in Article 7(1), the contracting authorities or contracting entities within the meaning of Directives 2004/17/EC and 2004/18/EC use the methodology defined in Article 3, whenever they apply operational lifetime costs for energy consumption, CO2 emissions, and pollutant emissions as award criteria for the procurement of road transport vehicles.

1. Member States shall ensure that, no later than from the date referred to in Article 7(1), the contracting authorities or contracting entities within the meaning of Directives 2004/17/EC and 2004/18/EC use the methodology defined in Article 3, whenever they apply operational lifetime costs for energy consumption, CO2 emissions, and pollutant emissions in conjunction with other award criteria for the procurement of road transport vehicles.

Justification

Energy consumption costs, and the costs arising from CO2 and pollutant emissions, should be treated as a voluntary criterion to enable purchasers to select tenders that are environmentally friendly as well as offering the best value for money.

Amendment  12

Proposal for a directive

Article 2 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. Member States shall ensure that, no later than from 1 January 2012, all public procurement of road transport vehicles by contracting authorities or contracting entities within the meaning of Directives 2004/17/EC and 2004/18/EC includes operational lifetime costs for energy consumption, CO2 emissions, and pollutant emissions of road transport vehicles as award criteria, following the methodology defined in Article 3.

2. Member States shall ensure that, no later than from 1 January 2012, all public procurement of road transport vehicles by contracting authorities or contracting entities within the meaning of Directives 2004/17/EC and 2004/18/EC includes operational lifetime costs for energy consumption, CO2 emissions, and pollutant emissions of road transport vehicles in the range of award criteria, following the methodology defined in Article 3.

Justification

Energy consumption costs, and the costs arising from CO2 and pollutant emissions, should be treated as a voluntary criterion to enable purchasers to select tenders that are environmentally friendly as well as offering the best value for money.

Amendment  13

Proposal for a directive

Article 2 – paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3. Member States shall ensure that, no later than from 1 January 2012, all purchase of road transport vehicles for the provision of public passenger transport services under licence, permit or authorisation granted by public authorities includes operational lifetime costs for energy consumption, CO2 emissions, and pollutant emissions of road transport vehicles as criteria, following the methodology defined in Article 3.

3. Member States shall ensure that, no later than from 1 January 2012, any purchase of road transport vehicles for the provision of public passenger transport services under licence, permit or authorisation granted by public authorities includes operational lifetime costs for energy consumption, CO2 emissions, and pollutant emissions of road transport vehicles in the range of criteria, following the methodology defined in Article 3.

Justification

Energy consumption costs, and the costs arising from CO2 and pollutant emissions, should be treated as a voluntary criterion to enable purchasers to select tenders that are environmentally friendly as well as offering the best value for money.

Amendment  14

Proposal for a directive

Article 2 – paragraph 3 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

3a. Member States may apply more stringent award criteria to the procurement of clean and energy-efficient vehicles, and may elect to purchase reconditioned vehicles or have existing vehicles modernised by, for example, fitting them with particulate traps and start-stop systems or adapting engines to run on cleaner fuels, in order to improve environmental performance.

Justification

Logical consequence of the subsidiarity principle and enlarges upon recital 16.

Amendment  15

Proposal for a directive

Article 2 - paragraph 3 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

3b. Local, regional or national authorities which procure clean and energy-efficient vehicles for at least 30% of their annual specific procurement, may use the label stating 'clean and energy-efficient road urban transport'. The Commission shall establish a uniform design for this label.

Justification

It is important to motivate contracting authorities to promote clean and energy-efficient vehicles.

Amendment  16

Proposal for a directive

Article 2 – paragraph 3 c (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

3c. By 1 January 2013 the use of the label stating ‘clean and energy-efficient road urban transport’ shall be applied only to those contracting authorities or contracting entities undertaking 100% green procurement in their annual procurement of public road transport vehicles.

Justification

In order to promote clean and energy-efficient road-borne urban transport, the green label should apply after 1 January 2013 only to the contracting authorities or entities that cover their annual procurement of public road transport vehicles by 100% green procurement.

Amendment  17

Proposal for a directive

Article 3 - paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. Fuel consumption, CO2 emissions, and pollutant emissions per kilometre for vehicle operation shall be based on standardised EU test procedures for the vehicles for which such test procedures are defined in EU type approval legislation. For vehicles not covered by standardised EU test procedures, comparability between different offers shall be ensured by using widely recognised test procedures, or the results of tests for the authority, or in the absence of these, information supplied by the manufacturer.

2. Fuel consumption, CO2 emissions, and pollutant emissions per kilometre for vehicle operation shall be based on standardised EU test procedures for the vehicles for which such test procedures are defined in EU type approval legislation. For vehicles not covered by standardised EU test procedures, comparability between different offers shall be ensured by using widely recognised test procedures, or the results of tests for the authority, or in the absence of these, information supplied by the manufacturer. The contracting authority or entity can require the results of tests done in the specific traffic conditions of the corresponding urban community taking into account the load capacity.

Justification

The results of tests might not take into account the load and the traffic conditions for the corresponding contracting authority. In order to properly compare offers, the contracting authority can require the results of tests done in the specific traffic conditions of the corresponding urban community, taking into account the load capacity.

Amendment  18

Proposal for a directive

Article 3 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

Article 3a

Supply of fuels

 

Member States shall ensure that the necessary facilities are in place in order to supply fuels of every type specified in the Annex.

Amendment  19

Proposal for a directive

Article 4 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

Article 4a

 

Standardised test procedures

 

The Commission shall adopt implementing measures in order to standardise test procedures for vehicles not covered by the standardised EU test procedures referred to in Article 3(2). These measures, designed to amend non-essential elements of this Directive by supplementing it, shall be adopted in accordance with the regulatory procedure with scrutiny referred to in Article 5(2).

Justification

In the absence of standardised EU test procedures for certain vehicles, the Commission should facilitate the objectives and the implementation of the measures provided under this directive. The new regulatory procedure with scrutiny shall be applied for the adoption of the implementing measures.

Amendment  20

Proposal for a directive

Article 4 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

Article 4b

 

Accompanying measures

 

Public authorities may encourage the improvement of urban traffic management through specific infrastructure components aiming to make public transportation more efficient.

Justification

The amendment aims to provide, through accompanying measures, for conditions necessary for the implementation of certain measures or infrastructure components related to this directive, such as special road traffic paths or signalling.

Amendment  21

Proposal for a directive

Article 5 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

Article 5a

 

Exchanges and dissemination of information

 

1. Member States shall inform national, regional or local contracting authorities and contracting entities which provide public passenger transport services under licence, permit or authorisation granted by public authorities of the provisions of this Directive, along with the national laws transposing it, and shall likewise provide every assistance, and all necessary information, concerning the Community funding schemes applicable to the tendering procedures covered by this Directive.

 

2. The Commission shall encourage the dissemination of best practice to enable policies to be drawn up in the area of clean and energy-efficient public transport services, by setting up a European Internet site, in order to move gradually towards the application of standardised Community-wide criteria to the procurement of vehicles by the entities covered by this Directive.

 

3. The Commission shall insert in the Internet site all relevant information related to the financial instruments available in the individual Member States for urban mobility and for the promotion of clean and energy-efficient road transport vehicles.

Justification

It is important to provide the relevant information to contracting authorities in order to better prepare for the acquisitions due to the fact that the 'green' award criteria will be new, in addition to the provisions of the Directives 2004/17/EC and 2004/18EC.

Amendment  22

Proposal for a directive

Article 5 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

Article 5b

 

Use of EC financial instruments

 

1. Member States and the Commission shall take into account, during the strategic follow-up and mid-term review of the national strategic reference frameworks and national and regional operational programmes, as defined by Regulation (EC) No 1083/2006 laying down general provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund and the Cohesion Fund, the eligibility of urban mobility and the promotion of clean and energy-efficient road transport vehicles.

 

2. Member States and the Commission will continue to support urban transport initiatives such as the CIVITAS programme and the Intelligent Energy-Europe programme.

Justification

The mid-term review of the national operational programmes could facilitate the promotion of clean and energy-efficient vehicles through better use of the different financial instruments available at national level as well as at Community level

PROCEDURE

Title

Promotion of clean road transport vehicles

References

COM(2007)0817 – C6-0008/2008 – COM(2005)0634 – C6-0008/2006 – 2005/0283(COD)

Committee responsible

ENVI

Opinion by

       Date announced in plenary

TRAN

 

 

 

Drafts(wo)man

       Date appointed

Silvia-Adriana Ţicău

13.2.2008

 

 

Discussed in committee

6.5.2008

28.5.2008

 

 

Date adopted

29.5.2008

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

27

0

0

Members present for the final vote

Inés Ayala Sender, Paolo Costa, Arūnas Degutis, Petr Duchoň, Saïd El Khadraoui, Robert Evans, Emanuel Jardim Fernandes, Francesco Ferrari, Brigitte Fouré, Mathieu Grosch, Georg Jarzembowski, Timothy Kirkhope, Sepp Kusstatscher, Jörg Leichtfried, Marian-Jean Marinescu, Erik Meijer, Willi Piecyk, Paweł Bartłomiej Piskorski, Luís Queiró, Reinhard Rack, Brian Simpson, Yannick Vaugrenard

Substitute(s) present for the final vote

Nathalie Griesbeck, Zita Gurmai, Leopold Józef Rutowicz

Substitute(s) under Rule 178(2) present for the final vote

Rovana Plumb, Bart Staes

(1)

The Committee on Transport and Tourism rejected the draft opinion and as result no opinion was delivered to the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. The latter rejected the proposal.


PROCEDURE

Title

Promotion of clean road transport vehicles

References

COM(2007)0817 – C6-0008/2008 – COM(2005)0634 – C6-0008/2006 – 2005/0283(COD)

Date submitted to Parliament

19.12.2007

Committee responsible

       Date announced in plenary

ENVI

31.1.2008

Committee(s) asked for opinion(s)

       Date announced in plenary

ITRE

31.1.2008

IMCO

TRAN

31.1.2008

 

Not delivering opinions

       Date of decision

ITRE

29.1.2008

 

 

 

Rapporteur(s)

       Date appointed

Dan Jørgensen

29.1.2008

 

 

Discussed in committee

3.4.2008

27.5.2008

 

 

Date adopted

24.6.2008

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

32

18

0

Members present for the final vote

Adamos Adamou, Margrete Auken, Liam Aylward, Johannes Blokland, John Bowis, Frieda Brepoels, Hiltrud Breyer, Magor Imre Csibi, Chris Davies, Avril Doyle, Mojca Drčar Murko, Alessandro Foglietta, Matthias Groote, Françoise Grossetête, Cristina Gutiérrez-Cortines, Satu Hassi, Gyula Hegyi, Jens Holm, Marie Anne Isler Béguin, Dan Jørgensen, Christa Klaß, Eija-Riitta Korhola, Urszula Krupa, Peter Liese, Marios Matsakis, Linda McAvan, Roberto Musacchio, Riitta Myller, Péter Olajos, Miroslav Ouzký, Vladko Todorov Panayotov, Vittorio Prodi, Frédérique Ries, Dagmar Roth-Behrendt, Guido Sacconi, Horst Schnellhardt, Richard Seeber, María Sornosa Martínez, Antonios Trakatellis, Evangelia Tzampazi, Thomas Ulmer, Anja Weisgerber, Glenis Willmott

Substitute(s) present for the final vote

Iles Braghetto, Jutta Haug, Erna Hennicot-Schoepges, Karsten Friedrich Hoppenstedt, Miroslav Mikolášik

Substitute(s) under Rule 178(2) present for the final vote

Elspeth Attwooll, Andreas Schwab

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