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By Raf Canters / Updated: 01 Aug 2014

3 years of European Road Safety Charter Tour

After three years of bringing together signatories, organising events and calling for shared responsibility, the time has come for the European road safety Charter to review its yearly achievements and results
Up to mid-march, the platform for road safety best practices' has gathered more than 2100 signatories ranging from the smallest EU member state - Malta to the founders Germany or France. This month the Charter came back from its last tour stop in Athens, this last stop completes the 3 year tour which visited all 27 countries and their respective capital cities.
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By Raf Canters / Updated: 23 Sep 2014

Five European cities and regions honoured with the OSMOSE Awards for their transport innovations

Madrid (ES), Essex (UK), Barcelona (ES), Aalborg (DK) and San Sebastian (ES) are the winners of this year’s OSMOSE Awards for local transport innovations. The winners were presented at the final conference of the NICHES+ project.
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By Raf Canters / Updated: 01 Aug 2014
By Raf Canters / Updated: 01 Aug 2014

Traffic noise health impacts second only to air pollution

In the EU and Norway, traffic noise is the second biggest environmental problem affecting health after air pollution, according to a new report by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
This new health evidence (1) highlights the urgency of adopting more stringent EU vehicle noise standards, according to health, environment and sustainable transport campaigners. The European Commission is expected to release a proposal to update the Vehicle Noise Directive 70/157/EEC in June (2).
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By Raf Canters / Updated: 23 Sep 2014
By Raf Canters / Updated: 01 Aug 2014

Transport 2050: focus on urban transport

The Transport 2050 roadmap sets different goals for different types of journey - within cities, between cities, and long distance. For urban transport, especially a big shift to cleaner cars and cleaner fuels is aimed at.
The European Commission adopted a comprehensive strategy (Transport 2050) for a competitive transport system that will increase mobility, remove major barriers in key areas and fuel growth and employment. At the same time, the proposals will dramatically reduce Europe's dependence on imported oil and cut carbon emissions in transport by 60% by 2050.
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By Raf Canters / Updated: 01 Aug 2014

€ 24.2 million available for the development of electromobility in Europe

The European Commission will support a cross-European electromobility initiative, Green eMotion. The aim of the initiative is to exchange and develop know-how and experience in selected regions within Europe as well as facilitate the market roll-out of electric vehicles in Europe.
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By Heiko Balsmeyer / Updated: 01 Aug 2014
By Raf Canters / Updated: 01 Aug 2014

Time to join u4energy - the European school challenge

Primary and secondary schools across Europe are invited to participate in u4energy - the European school challenge - to showcase their energy savings achievements.
U4energy is the first school competition focussing on energy efficiency organised by the European Commission. Participants can benefit from: high visibility of their school and their activities at European level; an opportunity to tell others about their achievements and mobilise other schools to follow their lead; and being part of prestigious award ceremonies at national and European level.
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By Raf Canters / Updated: 01 Aug 2014

European Parliament postpones air pollution standards for trains and diggers

Makers of heavy-duty construction equipment, diesel locomotives and other non-road mobile machinery should be granted an extra three years to comply with pollution standards agreed in 2004, according to the European Parliament’s environment committee.
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