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Transport & Environment - Comments on the European Commission Transport 2050 Strategy

Brussels - The European Commission has today published its 2050 strategy for transport, including a headline target to cut transport emissions by 60% by

Jos Dings, director of Transport & Environment, a network of sustainable transport campaign groups across Europe made the following comments:

Published on March 28, 2011 - 13:11

White paper postpones serious transport CO2 cuts until 2030

A leaked draft of the Commission’s new white paper on the future of transport says EU transport should look to reduce its emissions by ‘at least 60%’ by 2050 compared to 1990, but that almost all of these cuts would take place after 2030. The paper is expected to be published later this month, but the Commission has issued a low carbon ‘roadmap’ which says Europe must reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by the end of this decade if 2050 goals are to be achieved. T&E has welcomed the transport target, but says the plan for reaching it is insufficient because it postpones short-term action to the point where emissions reductions will ‘magically’ have to intensify after 2030.

Published on March 21, 2011 - 13:10

Time to start using less of the black stuff

Opinionby Nina Renshaw - T&E Deputy Director
As oil prices have risen in recent months, politicians and commentators across the EU have begun calling for all kinds of non-solutions such as lowering petrol taxes, encouraging oil states to raise production and dipping into strategic reserves. It seems once again that the most obvious strategy – using less of the black stuff – is so obvious that it is not even considered.

Published on March 21, 2011 - 12:38

Paris to trial first city centre car ban

Paris is set to become Europe’s first city to test a complete ban on high-consumption vehicles entering the city centre. The test continues a trend aimed at improving urban air quality by limiting vehicle’s access to urban centres, but the EU’s environment commissioner insists there will be no review of the national pollutant emissions ‘ceilings’ until 2013 at the earliest.

Published on February 11, 2011 - 16:05