EU Commission initiates transition to a low-emission mobility

The European Commission presented a package of measures to accelerate the shift to low-carbon emissions in all sectors of the economy in Europe on July 20, 2016. The transport sector will play a key role in it.
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In 2014, the EU agreed to collectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions of at least 40% by 2030 compared to 1990 levels across all sectors of the economy. With two legislative proposals and a strategy on low-emission mobility, the European Commission is now implementing the first measures of the UN Climate Change Convention of Paris.

According to the Commission, the transition to low-emission mobility is essential to reach the EU's ambitious climate objectives and to improve the quality of life in European cities. "It is also an opportunity to modernise the EU's economy and keep Europe's industry competitive. The Strategy we adopted today presents a roadmap towards low-emission mobility and will give an impetus to that shift," said EU Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc.

The strategy includes numerous initiatives. It includes i.a. speeding up the deployment of low-emission alternative energy for transport, moving towards zero-emission vehicles and curbing carbon dioxide emissions from lorries, buses and coaches. The objective for the European transport sector - already drafted in the white paper on transport - is clear: cutting carbon emissions in transport by 60% by 2050.

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