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‘What future for diesel cars?’ European Parliament Morning Briefing
17th February 2016 @ 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Green Budget Europe organised a morning briefing on the future of diesel cars at the European Parliament in Brussels, on February 17, 2016.
Diesel accounts for 53% of new car sales in Europe, compared to 1-5% in Japan and the US. We know diesel cars have a negative impact on local air quality and that leading cities plan to restrict their use. But what of their climate impacts? And has their true impact on health really been communicated? Can Europe achieve its climate targets without diesel? These are some of the questions that were asked at the event – for more information, please see our press release and briefings.
This morning briefing heard from four experts in their respective fields: a specialist on the climate, environment and health impacts of diesel from the University of Trier, the clean vehicles manager of leading NGO Transport & Environment (T&E), and a representative of the automobile industry.
Welcome remarks by
- Deirdre Clune – Member of the European Parliament for the European People’s Party and member of the Committee on Transport and Tourism
- Prof. Dr. Eckard Helmers, University of Applied Sciences, Trier.
- Greg Archer, Clean Vehicles Manager, Transport & Environment
- Paul Greening, Emissions and Fuel Director, European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA)
- James Nix, Director, Green Budget Europe