• 89% cut in transport emissions possible

    Research by the Commission suggests transport emissions could be reduced by 89% by 2050 if all the options currently available are adopted.

    [mailchimp_signup][/mailchimp_signup]The research, put together as a Commission project led by the consultancy AEA, says all technical options – biofuels, vehicle energy efficiency improvements, increased use of hydrogen and electricity – need to be maximised. Together, they could cut emissions by 36% below 1990 levels by 2050. The authors say no new technology capable of radically reducing transport emissions is in sight.

    The other 63% reduction would come from non-technical measures, such as optimising routes, maximising vehicle use, better spatial planning and lower speed limits. It would also require economic instruments that create a level playing field across all transport modes, internalising external costs, and removing existing subsidies.

    The findings are part of the process leading to a new transport white paper expected later this year.

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