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Airlines are responding to the need to cut their carbon footprint. But so far the industry has lacked the big breakthrough idea to achieve the emissions reductions required.

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Both market solutions and more regulation are needed to improve the environmental performance of transport.

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Russia won Hungarian support for its South Stream pipeline to deliver gas to Europe, while Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said a rival project to supply gas from the Caspian region would need Iran’s support.

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The Nord Stream gas pipeline project has just taken an important step by publishing its environmental assessment report, and construction can begin in early 2010, Sebastian Sass, head of Nord Stream’s EU representation, told EurActiv in an exclusive interview.

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French railway network company RFF is currently developing a life-cycle assessment for the carbon footprint of high-speed lines. While the final study will not be published until June, it is already clear that most of their CO2 emissions are a result of deforestation related to the construction of new lines.

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Four international agencies, including the UN and IEA, have teamed up to promote the development of a global car fleet that runs on 50% less fuel by 2050, stabilising greenhouse gas emissions worldwide in the process.

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The European Investment Bank (EIB) is developing a financing facility to help cities improve their energy efficiency and buy cleaner bus fleets. An initial 15 million euro is foreseen to assist cities in developing the projects, but actual financing could reach “billions”.

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