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European Commission aims to reduce transport-related greenhouse gas emissions by 90% by 2050

19 July 2021

Last week, the European Commission proposed more ambitious targets that, if acheived, will put the EU's climate, energy, transport and taxation policies on track to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels.

Achieving these emission reductions in the next decade is crucial to Europe becoming the world's first climate-neutral continent by 2050 and making the European Green Deal a reality.

Recognising that transport emissions represent 25% of the EU's total greenhouse gas emissions, the Commission has set the goal of reaching a 90% reduction in transport-related greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Such a goal will require significant changes across the transport sector.

Focusing specifically on vans and cars, the Commission has proposed the following:

  • 55% reduction of emissions from cars by 2030
  • 50% reduction of emissions from vans by 2030
  • 0 emissions from new cars by 2035

The growth of the market for zero- and low- emissions vehicles is also promoted. In particular, the Commission seeks to ensure that citizens have the infrastructure they need to charge these vehicles.

In addition, from 2026, road transport will be covered by emissions trading, putting a price on pollution, stimulating cleaner fuel use, and re-investing in clean technologies.

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Youth on the Move: Engaging young people in mobility planning and campaigns

12 July 2021

Join us 29 July, 11:00-12:30 (CEST) for our “Youth on the Move: Engaging young people in mobility planning and campaigns” workshop, where we will explore how youth and young adults have been involved in urban sustainable mobility planning to date, and how they can be more and better involved in the future.

The workshop will bring together youth and young adults, aged 16-24, and city staff, providing them with an opportunity to exchange ideas and knowledge regarding the needs of young people and opportunities for their involvement in urban sustainable mobility planning.

In addition, youth and young adults in attendance will have an opportunity to share their views and perspectives on how EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK is planned and organised in their respective cities.

In order to guarantee a lively discussion, the workshop will be limited to 30 participants.

Apply now for your chance to join us.

New Urban Mobility Initiative – Open Public Consultation

6 July 2021

To help the EU build on its 2013 Urban Mobility Package and meet its 2050 climate target, the new Urban Mobility Initiative will propose measures to encourage EU countries to develop urban transport systems that are safe, accessible, inclusive, affordable, smart, resilient, and emission-free.

The initiative will also address transport pollution and congestion, and draw lessons from COVID-19’s effect on public transport to help with the transition to a climate-neutral economy and emission-free transport at local level.

The European Commission is inviting the general public and stakeholders to express their opinion on this new initiative. The Open Public Consultation launched yesterday and closes 23 September 2021.

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