last Monday (28 March) the European Commission adopted a comprehensive strategy (Transport 2050) for a competitive transport system that will increase mobility, remove major barriers in key areas and fuel growth and employment. At the same time, the proposals will dramatically reduce Europe’s dependence on imported oil and cut carb
on emissions in transport by 60% by 2050.
To achieve this will require a transformation in Europe’s current transport system. By 2050, key goals will include:
– No more conventionally-fuelled cars in cities.
– 40% use of sustainable low carbon fuels in aviation; at least 40% cut in shipping emissions.
– A 50% shift of medium distance intercity passenger and freight journeys from road to rail and waterborne transport.
– All of which will contribute to a 60% cut in transport emissions by the middle of the century.