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European Commission presents landmark Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy

Author: Richard Adams
Posted on: Friday, December 11, 2020 - 11:49

The European Commission has released its landmark Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy on 9 December. This is accompaneid by an Action Plan of 82 initiatives to guide its mobility work over the next four years.

The European Green Deal outlines the intended outcomes of this plan: to achieve a 90% cut in emissions by 2050 by delivering a “smart, competitive, safe, accessible and affordable transport system”.

This strategy forms the basis for how the EU transport system can successfully implement this green and digital transformation while increasing resilience to future crises.

The Sustainable Mobility Strategy puts in place key milestones for all modes of transport. This will ensure that the EU transport system stays on track in its development towards a smart and sustainable future:

By 2030:

  • At least 30 million zero-emission cars will be in operation on European roads
  • 100 European cities will be climate neutral
  • High-speed rail traffic will double across Europe
  • Scheduled collective travel for journeys under 500 km should be carbon neutral
  • Automated mobility will be deployed at large scale
  • Zero-emission marine vessels will be market-ready

By 2035:

  • Zero-emission large aircraft will be market-ready

By 2050:

  • Nearly all cars, vans, buses as well as new heavy-duty vehicles will be zero-emission
  • Rail freight traffic will double
  • A fully operational, multimodal Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) for sustainable and smart transport with high speed connectivity

To aid in making these goals a reality, 82 initiatives have been identified which are categorised under 10 key areas for action. Each of these includes concrete measures to make transport more resilient, sustainable, and facilitate innovation and digitalisation.

Further information on the Sustainable Mobility Strategy and the areas for action can be found in the original press release and websites below:

Mobility and the strategy are central to the EU achieving its short- and long-term climate ambitions. Fittingly, the European Climate Pact was launched on the same day as the strategy. This empowers citizens and organisations to get involved in climate action, and green transport is one of its focus areas. Find out more here.

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