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13.12.2019

European Commission aims to reduce transport emissions by 90 % by 2050

Transport in Europe should become more quickly sustainable and intelligent, as the European Commission declared in its Communication "A European Green Deal" of 11.12.2019.

As transport in the EU is responsible for around a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions, the Commission intends to present a strategy for sustainable and intelligent mobility in 2020, which will include proposals for all transport modes to significantly reduce emissions.

For example, multimodal transport should help to increase the efficiency of transport, road freight transport should be largely shifted to rail and inland waterways and the Single European Sky (SES) should be implemented.
Automated and linked multimodal transport, intelligent transport systems, the polluter-pays principle for all modes of transport, road tolls, possibly alternative proposals instead of the Eurovignette, but also the production and use of alternative fuels and the development of the infrastructure of public charging stations and filling stations are mentioned by the Commission as measures.

The Commission intends to counteract environmental pollution in cities by means of stricter emission limits for vehicles with internal combustion engines and at least consider extending the European emissions trading system to road transport. Overall, the new EU Commission wants the EU to become climate neutral by 2050.

RDA President Benedikt Esser: "We will take a close look at the details of the package of measures. It is regrettable that the Commission does not mention the environmentally friendly coach at all in its concept. This is a particular incentive for RDA and EACT to give the bus its rightful place as the number one climate protector in Brussels in the context of the desired reduction in transport emissions".

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