The European Commission has presented its low-emission mobility strategy, which will set the course for the development of low- and zero-emission vehicles and alternative low-emissions fuels across Europe.
The strategy outlines clear and fair guiding principles for European Union (EU) member states to prepare for the future, and to ensure that Europe stays competitive and is able to respond to the increasing mobility needs of people and goods.
Key elements of the strategy include:
increasing the efficiency of transportation systems by utilizing digital technologies and smart pricing, and further encouraging the shift towards lower emission transportation modes;
speeding up the deployment of low-emission alternative energy for transportation, including advanced biofuels, renewable electricity and synthetic fuels, and removing obstacles to the electrification of transport;
moving toward zero-emission vehicles.
EU Commissioner for Transport, Violeta Bulc, commented, “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 modernize the EU’s economy and keep Europe’s industry competitive. The strategy we adopted today presents a roadmap toward low-emission mobility and will give an impetus to that shift.”