The EU’s new climate change commissioner is promising an initiative on reducing carbon dioxide emissions from lorries, and says the existing agreement to reduce CO2 emissions from new cars could be tightened to provide greater incentives to car makers.
The new European Commission sees some familiar faces in the directorates affecting transport and the environment, with a reshuffle of tasks as well as personnel.
[mailchimp_signup][/mailchimp_signup]Response to the European Commission consultation on the EU Road Safety Action Programme 2011-2020
Editorial by Kerstin Meyer, T&E Policy Officer
It was Germany’s ‘iron chancellor’ Otto von Bismarck who once said, ‘Laws are like sausages – it is better not to see them being made. This quote is not only true for the making of EU laws but also for what happens after they have been decided. Because making the law is only half the battle.
[mailchimp_signup][/mailchimp_signup]The triple challenges of climate, squeezes on public finances and the need to grow jobs will mean the EU and its member states will have to reinvent transport policy. The sector will have to be decarbonised but without public money.
The EU has been accused of missing targets put forward in the 2001 Common Transport Policy. A study from the University of Leeds says the 2001 white paper promised sustainable mobility, but progress made in greening transport over the past 10 years have been limited. The study, which was carried out for the Community of European Railways says limited progress has also been made in revitalising the rail sector, with achievements largely restricted to intramodel competition.
Editorial by Ulla Rasmussen, T&E President
After a long summer of uncertainty, José Manuel Barroso has been reappointed in his post of Commission president for another five years. And in his one statement on transport, he has hit the nail right on the head.
The EU transport commissioner Antonio Tajani has told EU transport ministers that sustainable transport must be a priority for a post-2010 EU transport policy. Speaking in Stockholm last month, he said the transport sector must reduce its dependence on oil.
The Commission is to set up an on-line guide showing information on clean and energy-efficient vehicles.
The NGO network CEE Bankwatch says the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development urgently needs to reduce its carbon-heavy investments in new motorways and air travel, and instead promote transport that assists the transition to a low-carbon economy. Its comments come in a consultation by the Bank on how it decides its transport lending in central and eastern Europe. Bankwatch also says the Bank’s ‘private sector at just about all costs’ approach is leading to bad lending decisions, and it should ensure that railway restructuring does not become a misleading term that takes trade off the rails because of higher costs.