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By Andrew Murphy, aviation policy officer at Transport & Environment Ending the generous tax exemptions aviation enjoys would create a level playing field between all transport modes, help meet our 2030 climate targets, and answer the EU’s call for a shift away from labour taxation. The Commission’s country-specific recommendations in its European Semester report last… » read more

This blogpost by Carlos Calvo Ambel, energy policy analyst at Transport & Environment, was first published by EurActiv The global picture is clear: both demand for surface transport and resulting CO2 emissions are going to skyrocket by 2050. Even for those who analyse transport on a daily basis the figures are startling – an increase… » read more

This week could be a turning point for climate and energy policy in Europe. The Commissioner for Energy Union, Maros Sefcovic announced the strategy for Energy Union alongside a Climate communication from the European Commission on the ‘road to Paris’ and a Communication reporting on the electricity interconnection target of 10 percent. According to the… » read more

Guest blogpost by Anne van Schaik, Sustainable Finance Campaigner at Friends of the Earth Europe, and Sam Lowe, Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland (EWNI). In 2011, communities across the island of Kalangala, Uganda, were ejected from their land in order to facilitate the expansion of oil palm. Financed by the Uganda… » read more

International oil prices have declined to $ 50/barrel, levels not seen for years; but governments fail to neutralise these ultra-low prices by raising excise taxes. They seem to be much more interested in pleasing consumers than in seizing the opportunity for reducing their budget deficits and fighting climate change. This is irresponsible! Have governments completely… » read more

In the 21st century the international community will increasingly have to cope with issues going beyond the scope of individual or groups of states. These issues should be dealt with by UN; but the UN is handicapped by the absence of a proper political authority and the consensus required for all decisions. In 2015, the… » read more

By Nusa Urbancic, Transport & Environment‘s energy programme manager. We live in a world where governments struggle to address climate change. Scientific advice on what needs to be done to stop warming our planet is very clear: stop burning fossil fuels. Even the rather conservative International Energy Agency (IEA) agrees: we need to leave more… » read more

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