New EU challenges for the Transport Sector

The EU has recently published the ‘Roadmap to a Single European Transport Area’. This is a white paper on sustainable and competitive transport and has the subtitle of ‘Transport 2050 Road Map’. It outlines the strategy of the EU to take us through to the middle of the century. Between now and then greener, cleaner and more efficient transport will be developed. One of their key strategies is to ban traditionally fuelled cars from European Cities by 2050.

This White Paper takes a global look at developments in the transport sector, at its future challenges and at the policy initiatives that need to be considered.

The European Commission has adopted a ‘roadmap of 40 initiatives to complete over the next decade, these include building a competitive transport system that will increase mobility, remove major barriers in key areas and fuel growth and employment. Other targets are to cut down on Europe’s dependency on imported oil, and to have cut carbon emissions by 2050 by 60%. Other key goals for 2050:

·         The complete ban of gas-fuelled cars in cities.

·         Aviation to use 40% sustainable low carbon fuels, and to cut shipping emissions by at least 40%.

·         Shift at least 50% of medium distance freight and passenger journeys from road to waterborne and rail transport.

·         All of which will contribute to a 60% cut in transport emissions by the middle of the century.