13) European Union climate change
The CTC to promote a European Union climate change policy of national governments funding cycling infrastructure, with a 3% minimum investment of transport spending on cycling infrastructure (built to CROW standards) or investment in relationship to the modal share of cycling.
Proposer’s note: This motion aims to ensure that reasonable levels of funding are available to provide cycling infrastructure in all EU countries. The CTC may gain support via MEPs and in conjunction with the ECF.
Proposer Colin Clarke, seconder Tony Franklin
Council response: CTC Council disagrees with this motion. CTC fully supports the aspiration to secure significant EU funding for cycling, and for cycle-friendly infrastructure to be built to the Dutch ‘CROW’ (or similar) standards. However, campaigning for this is the role of the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF). ECF is already running a ‘6 billion Euros for cycling’ campaign, and is far better geared up for this type of campaign than CTC’s office in Guildford. CTC will continue to support ECF’s campaigning, e.g. encouraging our members and supporters to contact their MEPs when ECF highlights opportunities to influence funding or other EU decisions affecting cycling. However, with the UK devolution agenda placing increasing pressure on CTC’s capacity to campaign effectively throughout the UK – including the ‘City Deal’ regions as well as the devolved nations – it would not be a good use of CTC’s finite campaigning capacity to attempt to duplicate ECF’s work in Brussels as well
The motion asks for
the reply includes'The CTC to promote a European Union climate change policy of national governments funding cycling infrastructure
CTC fully supports the aspiration to secure significant EU funding for cycling, and for cycle-friendly infrastructure to be built to the Dutch ‘CROW’ (or similar) standards
The motion does not ask for EU funding of cycling, it requests a Climate change policy of national governments funding cycling.
The motion mentions
it does not suggest that the CTCThe CTC may gain support via MEPs and in conjunction with the ECF
attempt to duplicate ECF’s work in Brussels'
It appears that the CTC have not really understood the motion or have misrepresented it. in either case they have prompted members to vote against the motion based on misleading claims. In these circumstances they have ensured that a fair vote is impossible.
One option may be for the CTC Council to consult with the proposer about measures that could be taken to correct the situation.
Links to Climate change policy are provided
http://ec.europa.eu/clima/policies/tran ... dex_en.htm
A wide range of EU policies to lower emissions
As greenhouse gas emissions have been increasing for most modes of transport, the EU has so far put a range of policies in place aiming to lower emissions from the sector. These include:
aviation has been included in the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS);
a strategy is in place to reduce emissions from cars and vans, including emissions targets for new vehicles;
a strategy for reducing heavy duty vehicle fuel consumption and CO2 emissions;
a target is in place to reduce the greenhouse gas intensity of fuels;
rolling resistance limits and tyre labelling requirements have been introduced and tyre pressure monitors made mandatory on new vehicles;
legislation encouraging national authorities to deploy gas and electricity infrastructure; and,
public authorities are required to take account of life time energy use and CO2 emissions when procuring vehicles.
In addition to these measures influencing vehicle emissions, it is also necessary to ensure that account is taken of the impact of transport policy actions and measures on greenhouse gas emissions. This helps to ensure consistent signals to transport users and vehicle manufacturers and to achieve greenhouse gas emission reductions at lowest cost
Cycling is not specifically mentioned and it appears that more could be done to include cycling as part of a climate change policy.