The European Commission has presented a strategy on low-emission mobility, setting the course for the development of EU-wide measures on low- and zero-emission vehicles and alternative low-emissions fuels.
The strategy sets clear and fair guiding principles to member states to prepare for the future, and ensure that Europe stays competitive and will be able to respond to the increasing mobility needs of people and goods.
The main elements of the strategy include:
- increasing the efficiency of the transport system by making the most of digital technologies, smart pricing and further encouraging the shift to lower emission transport modes;
- speeding up the deployment of low-emission alternative energy for transport, such as advanced biofuels, renewable electricity and renewable synthetic fuels and removing obstacles to the electrification of transport; and
- moving towards zero-emission vehicles. While further improvements to the internal combustion engine will be needed, Europe needs to accelerate the transition towards low- and zero-emission vehicles.
EU Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc said:
‘Transport accounts for a quarter of Europe's greenhouse gas emissions and is a main cause of air pollution. The transition to low-emission mobility is therefore essential to reach the EU's ambitious climate objectives and to improve the quality of life in our cities.
‘It is also an opportunity to modernise the EU's economy and keep Europe's industry competitive. The strategy we adopted today presents a roadmap towards low-emission mobility and will give an impetus to that shift.’
For more information, see the Commission’s factsheet on the low-emission mobility strategy.