Title: Winning Over The Member States (WOMS)/Member States Network (MSN)

Funder: European Climate Foundation 

Year: 2013-present

For years, 2Celsius was and is part of the largest clean transport advocacy programme in Europe. Our duty was to cover via advocacy and research issues related primarily to green transports in Romania, given its EU context. Member States Network (MSN) – previously known as  Winning Over the Member States (WOMS) – is renewing every year under the tutelage of Transport & Environment and sponsored by the European Climate Foundation.

Until 2015, the Winning Over the Member States (WOMS) campaign focused predominantly on the revision of cars and CO2 legislation, which resulted in successful agreement on the 95 grams of CO2 per kilometre (g/km) target in 2020, smarter truck design and truck fuel efficiency, road pricing, sustainable, low-carbon biofuels, fossil fuels, aviation, car testing (Dieselgate) and conversion of NEDC 95g/km target to WLTP. National grantees from Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, and Slovenia were all aligned with T&E objectives, and delivered the key evidence and argumentation at their national levels.

After 2016, this grant allocation covered the following milestones per work stream:

Light-Duty Vehicles and 2030 framework (post-2020 CO2 standards):

To ensure that the new European Commission brings forward progressive policies on the post 2020 regulatory framework for car and van CO2 emissions,

To ensure that the new European Commission proposes policies to stimulate a sustainable shift to e-mobility like incentives to encourage the supply of ultra-low-carbon vehicles,

To ensure Council doesn’t water down ambitions on CO2 standards in 2025 and 2030.

Enforcement of vehicle standards under the Type Approval Framework Regulation

 Looking to uncover the VW scandal this strand sought to ensure proper implementation a new testing system for CO2 emissions (Worldwide harmonised Light vehicles Test Procedures, WLTP) and air pollution (real-world driving emissions test, RDE).

Heavy Duty Vehicles & 2030 framework (introducing CO2 standards)

While trucks make up less than 5 percent of all vehicles on the road, they are responsible for 25 percent of the fuel used and carbon emitted. Securing the introduction of CO2 standards for trucks was the main goal.

Limit 1st generation biofuels and promote targets for 2nd generation biofuels

 Serious doubts have arisen about the role of biofuels in decarbonising transport. Once indirect impacts are taken into account, most assessments show the carbon-intensity of biodiesel to be similar to fossil diesel. We ought a way to ensuring a credible pathway of phase out of 1G biofuels is understood and supported by Romania and key member states.

Promotion of e-mobility and air quality were the last additions to the programme.