New EU White Paper on transport policy

A white paper has been published by the EU outlining their strategies regarding transport up until the year 2050. They have called this publication the ‘Roadmap to a Single European Transport Area’, and the main targets are to develop transport which is cleaner, greener and much more efficient. This White Paper takes a global look at future developments in the transport sector, the challenges there will be and which initiatives will need to be considered.

A roadmap of 40 concrete initiatives for the next decade has been adopted by the European Commission. Amongst these initiatives is to build a transport system to increase mobility, remove the major barriers that currently exist in key areas and also to fuel the growth of employment. Reducing Europe’s dependency on imported oil is also a key point, as in cutting carbon emissions from all transport by 2050.

The key goals to achieve by will include:

·  40% use of sustainable low carbon fuels in aviation; at least 40% cut in shipping emissions

·  A 50% shift of medium distance inter-city passenger and freight journeys from road to rail and waterborne transport.

·  All gas fuelled vehicles to be banned from European Cities.

· All of which will contribute to a 60% cut in transport emissions by the middle of the century.