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The European Commission has adopted new rules drawn up to reduce the carbon content of transport fuels. The rules oblige suppliers to reduce by 6% the life cycle greenhouse gas intensity of fuel and other energy sources supplied for use in road vehicles by 2020. The Directive also obliges suppliers to report information on the greenhouse gas intensity of the fuel they supply to authorities designated by the Member States.
The European Council has adopted a directive on building up minimum infrastructure for allternative fuels across the European Union. Each member state will have to draw up an alternative fuel deployment strategy and submit it to the European Commission. The directive includes the requirement to adopt common standards in infrastructure provision.
An international study based on data from over half a million private and company vehicles across Europe shows that the gap between official and real world fuel-economy figures has reached more than 30 per cent. According to the ICCT, the report's authors, this means that motorists are spending an average of €450 per year more on fuel than if the gap were closed.
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has launched an independent review of the prospects for the UK to lead in the growth of the 'sharing economy' to build on the success of businesses such as Airbnb, Rentmyitems and Zipcar.