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Towards a Sustainable European Transport System

By Hannah Figg / Updated: 22 May 2018

Investing in Clean and Innovative Solutions

Tuesday 03 July 2018 at 10:00
Brussels, Belgium
Language: English
Past event

Transport is a key sector contributing significantly to the European economy, accounting for 4.8% of European Union gross value and providing eleven million jobs. Notwithstanding the important economic benefits, transport is responsible for a third of all energy consumption in the European Environment Agency territory and for more than 25% of greenhouse gas emissions, with aviation activities being the leading source of polluters.

In the period between 1990 and 2015 greenhouse gas emission in the EU have gone down by 22.1%. To keep this pace, in November 2017 the European Commission released a Clean Mobility Package which included different propositions aimed at encouraging: innovation across low-emission vehicles, alternative fuels, promotion of combined modes of transport and alternatives to the use of car. The revision of the Renewable Energy Directive proposed by European Commission in 2017, also takes into consideration the role of sustainable mobility and bio fuels.

In the context of increasing environmental emergencies, European and national authorities are under pressure to find the delicate balance between the interests of businesses, national priorities and the well-being of citizens and the ecosystem. According to the European Commission lately almost 50% of transport investments have been directed to environmentally harmful sectors, such as roads and aviation. Growing cities, hosting almost half of the world’s population, are exposed to an increased danger of extensive air and noise pollution, with data from European Environmental Agency, estimating approximately 400,000 premature deaths per year due to the air pollution. On the other hand, cities have the potential of driving positive change and promoting environmentally sustainable solutions optimising public transportation schemes, introducing low-emission zones and regulating passenger cars circulation. Moreover, public and private investments to smart technologies for transport are gaining popularity on the European level, following the trend and responding to the urgency for a reformed, sustainable and more environmentally-friendly transport system.

This timely international symposium organised in the light the Year of Multimodality will provide an opportunity to look into the first stages of the Mobility package implementation. The delegates will exchange views on the clean transportation possibilities, alternative fuels, and benefits of decreasing space for cars, and share best practice of successful models and projects implemented in other member states.

Delegates will:

  • Gain insights into the new initiatives introduced in the Clean Mobility Package and assess implementation
  • Explore the potential of different urban transport models in tackling air pollution and improving air quality
  • Reflect on the benefits of Multimobility and share best practice for successful initiatives
  • Find out about new and emerging technologies in the transport sector
  • Understand the benefits of cross-sector cooperation
  • Analyse the possible deployment of  Automated Road Transport in European roads
  • Assess the necessary behavioral change in order to minimise the impact of transport on the environment

Location: Renaissance Brussels Hotel

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