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UK TRANSPORT AND BREXIT NEWS & VIEWS NO. 154

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  WattsUp! As the EU resumes work following the summer recess, there is much work going on to allocate the many files from the Fit for 55 package published on July 14th, this means that we will soon know which political group and which MEP will be responsible for which file (more on that below). The next big milestone for climate and transport policy, however, will be COP26 in early November in Glasgow. UKTiE has been engaging…

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UK TRANSPORT AND BREXIT NEWS & VIEWS NO. 153

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  WattsUp!  Last month we witnessed the publication in both Brussels and London of policy and legislative proposals will shape transport for the years and decades to come.  In Brussels, the European Commission adopted legislative proposals that will help the EU reduce net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030, the Fit for 55 Package. Achieving these emission reductions in the next decade is crucial to Europe becoming the world’s first climate-neutral continent by 2050…

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UK TRANSPORT AND BREXIT NEWS & VIEWS NO. 152

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  WattsUp! Late last year UKTiE held an important stakeholder event to agree UK transport priorities for 2021 and beyond, across the modes, adjusting to the new post Brexit era. Determined, whatever the challenges, to make a success of our new UK-EU relationship for transport. First, we’re determined to become a good partner with our EU friends and neighbours, learning from other 3rd countries, and we’ve already make good progress on that workstream. Second, we want to…

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UK TRANSPORT AND BREXIT NEWS & VIEWS NO. 151

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  WattsUp! UKTiE have been pushing for transport, across the modes, and the need to decarbonise the transport sector, to be explicitly included on the agenda for the G7 and COP26, and we are therefore delighted that our efforts were welcomed by the Secretary of State The Rt Hon. Grant Shapps MP,  and that our objectives were reflected in the final G7 communique. Transport’s contribution to society, the economy, and its potential to contribute to decarbonisation, is often…

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UK TRANSPORT AND BREXIT NEWS & VIEWS NO. 150

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  WattsUp! On the Road to COP26, in just 153 days time, we have some important milestones to guide us to the eventual destination. But they are all currently pointing in the same direction. We are likely to see an unprecedented drive for a more internationally co-ordinated approach to zero emission vehicles, the promotion of active transport modes, and a deal to not just commit but deliver the complete decarbonisation of the transport sector by 2050, in…

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UK TRANSPORT AND BREXIT NEWS & VIEWS NO. 149

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  WattsUp! A new date for your transport diary is Wednesday 14 July. As we report below, the EU’s Fit for 55 package of concrete climate measures to deliver the Green Deal is delayed until July 14th, but this should not be interpreted as any diminution of the commitment of the EU institutions to radically change the way in which we move people and goods. Raising the 2030 climate target from 40% to at least 55% requires a…

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UK TRANSPORT AND BREXIT NEWS & VIEWS NO. 148

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  WattsUp! The global pandemic is the immediate challenge facing the transport sector, but the big long-term challenge which must also be tackled with increasing urgency, remains climate change. The UK will be the host of the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow between 1 – 12 November 2021. The COP26 summit will bring parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. COP26…

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UK TRANSPORT AND BREXIT NEWS & VIEWS NO. 147

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  WattsUp! The big transport news here in Brussels in the past week was the unveiling by the EU of their vaccine ‘passport’ plan. A Digital Green Certificate that will be proof that a person has either: •    Been vaccinated against Covid-19 •    Received a negative test result (NAAT/RT-PCR test or a rapid antigen test) •    Recovered from Covid-19 It will facilitate the resumption of safe free movement inside the EU, and the EU is also working…

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UK TRANSPORT AND BREXIT NEWS & VIEWS NO. 146

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  WattsUp! Last week, as temperatures broke records again in much of Europe, the European Commission launched their new EU Climate Change Adaptation Strategy as part of the #EUGreenDeal. This is a radical and controversial move for the Commission, who up until now has resisted accepting adaptation as an appropriate tool, fearing it would undermine efforts to achieve carbon neutrality. Secondly, the European Commission has issued a timely reminder that Horizon Europe will be huge for European transport,…

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UK TRANSPORT AND BREXIT NEWS & VIEWS NO. 145

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  WattsUp! We must all do our bit to drive radical change for transport this year. This will be a year for radical change for transport, and it’s essential transport operators, professionals, EU Member States, the UK, the new administration in the White House, and indeed all global players, work together to make sure that this change is positive. And there is no guarantee that it will be, if we repeat the mistakes of the past. Build back…

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