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European Environment Agency calls EU to adopt effective urban-planning

Updated : December 19, 2006

Continuous and rapid urban sprawl threatens Europe’s environmental, social and economic balance, says a new report released on 24 November by the European Environment Agency (EEA). The report, ‘Urban sprawl in Europe -...

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Saving 20% by 2020: European Commission unveils its Action Plan on Energy Efficiency

Updated : December 19, 2006

As a major step toward meeting the unprecedented energy challenges facing the EU, the European Commission presented on 10 October its Energy Efficiency Action Plan (see EMTA news n°26). The Plan contains a package of...

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French government to introduce “Chèque Transport”

Updated : October 3, 2006

In order to help people facing the increase of petrol price, the French government proposed to introduce a new mechanism called "Chèque Transport", that would be funded by employers on a voluntary basis. The employers...

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Economists forecast continuing bus industry decline in major UK cities

Updated : October 3, 2006

A new report commissioned by PTEG (Public Transport Executive Group) from NERA, has concluded that without significant policy change the decline of the bus in the major UK conurbations outside London will continue....

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Commission authorises Dutch Province of Gelderland to grant € 4.6 million aid for environmental protection and innovation in public transport

Updated : October 3, 2006

The European Commission has decided on 19 July not to raise any objections to the € 4.6 million aid which the Dutch Province of Gelderland plans to allocate to initiatives which explore new ways for protecting the...

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EU Commission postponed the adoption of the action plan on energy efficiency

Updated : October 3, 2006

EU Commission released in June 2005 a Green Paper on energy efficiency ‘Doing more with less”, aiming at putting energy savings higher on the agenda. The document lists a number of options to save 20% of energy...

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Nearly one car per two inhabitants in the EU25 in 2004

Updated : October 3, 2006

The Car Free Day took place on 22 September 2006 during the European Mobility Week, dedicated to sustainable mobility. The objective of the week is to facilitate the debate on the necessity for changes in behaviour in...

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Commission acknowledges carmakers progress on CO2 emissions but calls for extra efforts

Updated : October 3, 2006

In order to respect its Kyoto commitments, the EU is trying to reduce CO2 emissions from road transport – a sector that generates more than one fifth of all CO2 emissions in the EU. Passenger cars alone are responsible...

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EEA underlines the link between climate change battle and air quality improvement

Updated : July 3, 2006

The EU Thematic Strategy on air pollution aims to improve European air pollution significantly by 2020. The European Environment Agency (EEA) has analysed improvement prospects for a further ten year period, also...

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Results of the pilot program on hydrogen-fuel cell buses

Updated : July 3, 2006

The EU Commission presented on 11 May the results of a pilot programme launched in 2003 that powered 27 hydrogen-fuel cell public buses in 9 European cities. Called "Clean Urban Transport for Europe" (CUTE), the...

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