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The Great Acceleration
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The Great Acceleration

While the world was locked down, transport’s green transformation was being unlocked. From electric vehicles to aviation, a great acceleration was under way.


T&E's Annual Report

Clean vehicles

2020 saw huge investments in electric vehicles following the entry into force of the long awaited 2020/21 car CO2 rules.

Clean vehicles

Despite the pandemic, 2020 EV sales gathered momentum and, as T&E predicted, EV’s market share trebled to over 10%. There has never been a better time to buy a plug-in car.


Less than two years ago, the thought of producing a zero-emission truck was akin to building a spaceship. Yet, by the end of 2020 electric trucks were already on the market.


The trucking giants, Volvo and Daimler, committed to electrify their entire fleets, while, on the other side of the Atlantic, California adopted a sales mandate for zero-emission trucks. Can Europe keep up?


Wind and solar continued to take an ever greater energy share in 2020. But with the continued use of biofuels, it is important to use the right kind of renewables.


More zero emissions vehicles are on the road than ever before meaning 2019 may well have been a year of peak oil.

Clean cities

Lockdowns brought clearer skies and less polluted cities with cycle lanes and pedestrian zones created to aid social distancing. However, we risk backsliding once the pandemic subsides.

Clean cities

T&E started to build a Europe-wide clean cities campaign.


Travel restrictions kept flights grounded in 2020,with long-term trends set to have a continued impact on passenger numbers. This has led to huge bailouts, which T&E is campaigning to be tied to greening the sector.


New fuels that can be dropped into existing aircraft with no need for a redesign, such as e-kerosene, offer the most effective means of enabling zero emission air travel.


In a stormy year for maritime transport, emissions-free shipping gathered speed. The European Commission released its Hydrogen Strategy while shipowners and manufacturers raced to launch ammonia and hydrogen-powered engines.


In a major breakthrough, the European Green Deal committed to extending the EU carbon market to the maritime sector. This means the industry will finally start paying for its pollution.

Sustainable finance

2020 saw the launch of the Taxonomy Regulation, the world’s most advanced set of rules for green finance. From 2026 only zero-tailpipe emissions vehicles can be defined as sustainable.

Sustainable finance

Covid recovery funds - including a whopping €600 billion of climate spending - provide a unique opportunity to invest in new green technologies and accelerate the sector’s transition. But will leaders take this once-in-generation chance?

T&E's impact grew significantly in 2020. Despite the challenging circumstances, we were able to reach more people than ever before.

Online articles

Online articles
+26 %

Bulletin Readers

Bulletin Articles
+10 %

Website Users

Website Users
+67 %

Online supporters

Online supporters
+30 %

We will continue to push policymakers to support the transition to green technologies.

 Event attendees

Event Attendees
+1000 %

Petition signatues

Petition Signatures
+310 %

 Email alerts subscribers

Email alerts
+54 %

Twitter impressions

Twitter mentions
+28 %

LinkedIn group members

Linkedin members
+9 %

Social videos views

Social Media Views
+6 %

T&E is made up of 63 advocates from 14 different countries.

We represent 63 organisations in 24 European countries.

We are able to accelerate the transition towards clean transport through the support of our funders.