Pipe: Europe

Rollende Wurstbuden: Autos zum Anbeißen

Tue, 2014-03-18 02:58
Alles hat ein Ende, nur die Wurst hat zwei: Seit über neun Jahrzehnten verkauft die deutsche Auswandererfamilie von Oscar Mayer in den USA Hot Dogs. Unters Volk gebracht werden die belegten Brötchen von Würsten auf Rädern.

Erneute Sicherheitsmängel: GM ruft mehr als 1,5 Millionen Fahrzeuge zurück

Mon, 2014-03-17 13:04
GM droht ein gewaltiger Imageschaden: Nach dem Rückruf wegen defekter Zündschlösser muss der US-Konzern erneut mehr als eine Million Autos nachbessern. Konzernchefin Mary Barra kündigte an, die Qualität stärker zu überprüfen.

Event, 10 April: 'Green and growth, we can have both: lessons from road transport and other sectors'

Mon, 2014-03-17 12:14

The Sustainability Hub extends an invitation to a free-to--attend event in Central London on Thurday 10 April (12.30-5pm). Hosted in association with the LowCVP, this event  - featuring Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander - will examine how the motor industry has been successful in delivering both environmental gains alongside a growth in investment and jobs. The experience of the motor sector will be compared and contrasted with that of other sectors.


Kampf gegen Smog: Paris fährt nur zur Hälfte

Mon, 2014-03-17 11:10
Frankreichs Regierung verhängt Radikalmaßnahmen gegen den andauernden Smog über Paris: Erstmals seit zwei Jahrzehnten musste die Hälfte aller Autos und Motorräder am Montag stehen bleiben. Doch Staus gab es trotzdem.

Autogramm Toyota Aygo: X-trem

Mon, 2014-03-17 07:10
Viel Farbe, gewagte Front, austauschbare Dekorelemente: Toyota treibt es mit dem Aygo richtig bunt. Weil die Konkurrenz bei den Kleinwagen stetig wächst, versuchen die Japaner aufzufallen. Nur der Motor wirkt ein wenig schwach.

Akute Luftverschmutzung: Paris schränkt Autoverkehr ein

Sun, 2014-03-16 06:38
Dicke Luft in Paris: Weil die Feinstaubkonzentration in der französischen Hauptstadt kritisch ist, greifen die Behörden nun zu drastischen Maßnahmen. Ab Montag legen sie einen Teil des Autoverkehrs still - und ernten dafür Kritik von Lobbyisten.

Schönes Ding: Der elektrische Stuhl

Sun, 2014-03-16 01:58
Klein wie ein Smart, clever wie ein i3: Die Automobilgeschichte ist voll von phantasievollen Studien, die erst begeisterten und dann verschwanden. SPIEGEL ONLINE zeigt die gewagtesten Visionen. Dieses Mal: Der AMC Amitron - schon 1967 Vorbote aktueller Autotrends.

Motorräder von Caterham und Lotus: Schöne Grüße aus der Formel 1

Sat, 2014-03-15 11:18
In der Formel 1 fahren die ehemaligen Erfolgsrennställe Lotus und Caterham noch hinterher. Vielleicht suchen sie sich jetzt ein weiteres Betätigungsfeld, das mehr Erfolge verspricht: Beide wollen ab 2014 auch Motorräder verkaufen.

Zündschloss-Probleme bei GM: Die Tragödien hinter dem Rückruf

Fri, 2014-03-14 12:49
Kleiner Fehler, tödliche Wirkung: Durch Zündschloss-Probleme bei GM-Modellen sollen mindestens zwölf Menschen ums Leben gekommen sein. US-Verbraucherschützer hingegen gehen von deutlich höheren Opferzahlen aus. Auch in Deutschland sind 1200 Opel-Modelle vom Rückruf betroffen.

Trendwende bei Messe-Hostessen: Mehr Kopffreiheit

Fri, 2014-03-14 10:09
Für Autopräsentationen galt lange die Formel "Bolide plus Bein". Doch die Zeiten spärlich bekleideten Standpersonals scheinen vorbei, stattdessen werden die Bewerber in knallharten Wissenstests geprüft. Bei fast allen Herstellern jedenfalls.

Obama and EU unite on climate change draft

Fri, 2014-03-14 09:28

US President Barack Obama and EU leaders meeting in Brussels this month are set to throw their combined weight behind tackling climate change, in a show of developed world solidarity on the need for a new global deal, leaked documents suggest.

The guarded, diplomatic language is likely to disappoint environmentalists calling for urgent, ambitious pledges to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

"Sustainable economic growth will only be possible if we tackle climate change," a draft communiqué ahead of the EU-US summit on 26 March says. The text is subject to further negotiation between the European Union and the United States.

Both blocs are preparing new pledges on cutting emissions for the first quarter of 2015, ahead of a UN summit in Paris that is meant to agree a new global deal.

Its aim must be to limit any global average temperature increase to less than 2 degrees Celsius compared with pre-industrial levels "and should therefore include ambitious mitigation contributions, notably from the world's major economies and other significant emitters," the document says.

Brussels has sought to lead efforts to curb global warming with more ambitious carbon-cutting goals than any other bloc, but some of its member states, notably Poland, say there is no point in Europe taking the lead when it is responsible for little more than 10% of global emissions.

About 40% of greenhouse gas emissions come from the US, the world's second biggest emitter, and China, which tops the pollution table.

Earlier this month, the UN's climate chief, Christiana Figueres, said closer cooperation between Beijing and Washington could boost prospects for a UN deal in 2015.

European environmental campaigners say such a partnership could also marginalise Europe in the debate, and in the race to keep up with technological advances to decarbonise energy.

To prepare its negotiating stance ahead of the 2015 talks, the EU executive, in January proposed 2030 climate and energy goals, including a 40% carbon-cutting target. That compares with a 2020 goal to cut emissions by 20% from 1990 levels, which has almost been achieved.

By contrast, the US has said it will reduce carbon by 17% by 2020 compared with 2005, a fall of just 3.5% below 1990 levels.

Shortly before Obama's visit to Brussels, a summit of EU leaders on 20-21March, will debate 2030 climate and energy policy, but is not expected to reach a firm agreement, due to the blocking Polish vote.

A draft document this week said only that the European Union would submit its contribution at the latest by the first quarter of 2015, suggesting that the EU may not need to reach a political agreement until late this year.

Speaking on 13 March, the EU’s climate commissioner, Connie Hedegaard, said: "The sooner we have an overall signal, a political signal of what kind of ambition level we are heading for, the easier it will be to elaborate on the details."


EU and US agree to work together to tackle climate change

Fri, 2014-03-14 08:48

Following a meeting with EU leaders in Brussels during March, US President Obama said that he and EU leaders will throw their combined weight behind tackling climate change. The announcement follows shortly after news of a similar commitment by the US and China.


Brände am 911 GT3: Porsche verschweigt die Ursache für Feuergefahr

Fri, 2014-03-14 07:25
Porsche hat die Ursache für zwei spektakuläre Brände des 911 GT3 gefunden. Während der Autobauer rät, den Wagen nicht zu benutzen, behält er den Grund für die plötzlichen Feuer erst einmal für sich.

Neue Scheinwerfer-Technologie: Star Wars auf der Autobahn

Fri, 2014-03-14 06:37
Lichttechnologie ist die neue Wettkampfarena für deutsche Autobauer. Sie entwickeln Scheinwerfer für 600 Meter Helligkeit. Letzter Schrei ist das Laserlicht. Es bietet mehr Sicherheit und funkelndes Design - hat aber seinen Preis.

Ozone concentrations broke legal limits in every EU state last year

Fri, 2014-03-14 03:50

Ground-level ozone concentrations exceeded legal limits in every EU member state, and at many individual measurement sites, in 2013, according to the European Environment Agency (EEA)'s annual report, released yesterday (13 March).

But although the number of violations of safe ozone levels was high, they have decreased in volume over recent decades, the report noted, and are at their lowest level since reporting began in 1997.

“Since 2007, ozone levels have returned to their lower and more usual levels,” the report stated. “The year 2013 was no exception.”

Recent scientific studies have shown that ground-level ozone pollution is harmful to human health even at very low levels. “This means that levels are still far too high,” the EEA says

Ozone is a harmful pollutant that has been shown to harm lung functioning, irritate respiratory systems and increase the risk of death from cardiovascular and respiratory failure.  

The EU’s long term objective of containing ozone concentrations was exceeded in 83% of reporting stations, and at least once in every EU member state, according to the EEA.   

The ‘alert threshold’ at which ozone concentrations are twice the level considered harmful to human health was broken 27 times.

This mostly happened during July and the first days of August in 2013, with Mediterranean and Alpine regions being the worst affected.

In some countries, up to two-fifths of the population were exposed to levels exceeding limits, the report says.

A separate study found that in 2012, almost all inhabitants of cities in the EU were exposed to ozone levels above World Health Organisation guidelines, which are stricter than the EU limits.

Ground-level ozone is a 'secondary pollutant', which means it is formed in chemical reactions between other pollutants in the air, particularly in warm weather.  

In December 2013, the European Commission adopted a Clean Air Policy package to reduce emissions, including those of ozone percursors, introducing new objectives for 2030.


EU ruled out 2030 offsets due to carbon market drought

Fri, 2014-03-14 03:25

The EU had little choice in proposing not to outsource more of its emission cuts abroad to meet a proposed 40% reduction in greenhouse gas output by 2030 because the slow pace of global talks to develop new carbon markets gave it nothing to buy, a senior EU official said.

The European Commission in January proposed meeting the target entirely from CO2 cuts made within Europe, unless a global climate change agreement required it to deepen the goal.

Jürgen Lefevere, a senior official at the Commission, the EU's executive, insisted that the bloc was willing to open up its carbon market but was restricted by a lack of reform at international level.

"All of the work on this has moved tremendously slowly or not at all," he said on the sidelines of the latest round of UN climate negotiations in Bonn, Germany. "That provides us with a challenge where there is no definite framework out there. How can we expect to buy international credits from something we haven't seen defined?"

International talks on how to set up new markets and links via common accounting standards have been shelved until June after breaking down last year. Poor nations refused to allow progress without guarantees that richer countries would increase efforts to cut their own emissions.

The lack of an explicit signal that the EU would welcome international carbon credits dismayed carbon market proponents. “It's the big missing link in the EU proposal. There is still a need for the EU to be a leader and to promote a vision of global cooperation,” said Dirk Forrister, president and CEO of the International Emissions Trading Association.

The EU had hoped that progress on devising new carbon markets would be one of the early agreements towards signing a new global climate deal in Paris in 2015, which would enter into force from 2020.

But some developing countries have shown no sign of budging in their stance to block progress without commitments from rich nations to help them adapt to the effects of climate change.

"Developing countries need predictable, stable and adequate sources of finance to tackle climate change - a total contrast with our experience with markets so far," Naderev Sano, a negotiator from the Philippines, said on Wednesday (12 March) in Bonn.

UN carbon markets

The Clean Development Mechanism, the UN’s main carbon market has helped channel more than $315 billion to poor nations over the past 10 years, in the form of carbon credits.

Europe and Japan have bought the lion's share of the 2.2 billion UN-backed carbon credits issued to date, with EU firms allowed to use 1.6 billion units to meet their obligations to 2020 under the bloc's Emissions Trading System (ETS).

But the EU has approved no additional credits for use since 2008. It has also banned several types of unit amid concerns about their environmental integrity and to encourage emerging economies to pay for more of their own emission cuts.

With few other sources of demand, the supply of credits ballooned and hammered prices to a record low of 0.14 euro ($0.19) per ton of emissions on Tuesday from over 20 euros five years ago, slashing investment in new schemes.

The EU has extended technical support to wealthier economies such as China, Mexico and South Korea to help them set up their own carbon markets. But efforts to link the ETS directly with more advanced schemes in Australia and Switzerland have been put on hold, due to political opposition in those nations.


Average UK new car CO2 emissions down 3.6% in 2013; target for 2015 achieved early

Thu, 2014-03-13 10:58

Average new car CO2 emissions fell 3.6% in 2013 compared with the previous year according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders' (SMMT) latest report. The average new car sold in 2013 emitted 128.3g/km CO2, almost 30% down on 2000. The average new car sold is now 42% more fuel efficient over the same period. Progress on fuel efficiency and CO2 reduction over the last decade or so has been the most rapid and sustained in UK automotive history.


Tödliche Unfälle: GM wusste schon früher von Zündschloss-Problemen

Thu, 2014-03-13 10:49
GM geht in die Offensive: Nachdem der US-Hersteller 1,6 Millionen Autos wegen technischer Mängel zurückgerufen hat, versucht er nun den Vorfall aufzuklären - und wirft dabei nur neue Fragen auf.

Government publishes recommendations on use of methane and biomethane in HGVs

Thu, 2014-03-13 09:59

The Department for Transport (DfT) and the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) have published papers and recommendations to increase the use of biomethane in heavy goods vehicles (HGVs). The recommendations include views gathered by the Low Emission HGV Task Force, of which the LowCVP is a prominent member.


Autogramm BMW S 1000 R: Fratzengeballer

Thu, 2014-03-13 08:47
Mit ihren unterschiedlich großen Scheinwerfern ist die BMW S 1000 R garantiert keine Schönheit unter den Motorrädern. Aber eine feinfühlig abgestimmte Elektronik, die den bulligen Motor gut im Griff hat, macht das Bike zur Königin der Kurven - und sie schiebt, und schiebt, und schiebt.