Issue 378 | 4 November 2013
Carbon capture and storage, fourth railway package, European destinations of excellence and more...
Rapporteur Chris Davies heads up our cover feature on carbon capture and storage (CCS), calling for “commitment” from member states and a business model which can “promote private investment”. Spanish deputy Andrés Perelló Rodríguez admits that although CCS is not necessarily the “ideal solution for combating climate change” it is a “complimentary solution and a realistic one”. However, Dutch deputy Bas Eickhout says that although he is “not necessarily against CCS... we need to rethink where to apply it”. He says that, “We should only promote CCS where absolutely vital to reduce our climate impact, like in certain industrial sectors”. Meanwhile, Anna Rosbach insists that the price of carbon pollution must reflect “actual costs” to ensure a “level playing field for all commercial stakeholders and promising technologies”.
MEPs will soon vote on several important provisions that could determine whether biofuels can make the needed contribution to decarbonising transport, explains Géraldine Kutas.
Pollutants such as particulate matter, nitrogen oxide and ozone kill hundreds of thousands each year. One way to reduce these deadly emissions is to switch to LPG, argues Eric Johnson.
EU legislation needs to recognise the advantages lightweight materials can offer in reducing CO2 emissions from vehicles, write Patrik Ragnarsson and Dieter Höll.