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The Greening transport package

July 2008

With this package the Commission aims to move transport further towards sustainability. This three-pronged proposed Commission package seeks to steer the European transport sector towards enhanced sustainability. It includes a strategy to ensure that the prices of transport better reflect their real cost to society in terms of environmental damage and congestion; a proposal to enable Member States to help make this happen through more efficient and greener road tolls for lorries; and a proposal for reducing noise pollution from rail freight.

The package has five parts:

  • Greening Transport Communication: summarises the whole package and sets out what new initiatives the Commission will take in this field until the end of 2009
  • Greening Transport Inventory: describes the large amount of EU action already taken to green transport and on which this package builds
  • Strategy to Internalise the External Costs of Transport: focuses on making transport prices better reflect their real cost to society so that environmental damage and congestion can be reduced while boosting the efficiency of transport and ultimately the economy as a whole.
  • Proposal for a Directive on road tolls for lorries: would enable Member States to reduce environmental damage and congestion through more efficient and greener road tolls for lorries. Revenue from the tolls would be used to reduce environmental impacts and cut congestion.
  • Rail Transport and Interoperability communication: sets out how to reduce the perceived noise from existing rail freight trains by 50% and the measures the Commission and other stakeholders will need to take in the future to achieve this

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Greening Transport: new Commission package to drive the market towards sustainability [IP/08/1119, 08/07/2008] български (bg)czech (cs)dansk (da)Deutsch (de)eesti (et)ελληνικά (el)español (es)Français (fr)Gaeilge (ga)italiano (it)latviešu (lv)lietuvių (lt)magyar (hu)Malti (mt)Nederlands (nl)polski (pl)português (pt)română (ro)slovenčina (sk)slovenščina (sl)suomi (fi)svenska (sv)

Greening Transport Package – Frequently asked questions [MEMO/08/492, 08/07/2008] български (bg)czech (cs)dansk (da)Deutsch (de)eesti (et)ελληνικά (el)español (es)Français (fr)Gaeilge (ga)italiano (it)latviešu (lv)lietuvių (lt)magyar (hu)Malti (mt)Nederlands (nl)polski (pl)português (pt)română (ro)slovenčina (sk)slovenščina (sl)suomi (fi)svenska (sv)

Greening Transport

Communication from the Commission - Greening Transport [COM(2008)433]

Citizen's summary pdf - 85 KB [85 KB] български (bg)čeština (cs)dansk (da)Deutsch (de)eesti keel (et)ελληνικά (el)español (es)français (fr)italiano (it)latviešu valoda (lv)lietuvių kalba (lt)magyar (hu)Malti (mt)Nederlands (nl)polski (pl)português (pt)română (ro)slovenčina (sk)slovenščina (sl)suomi (fi)svenska (sv)

Greening Transport Inventory

Greening Transport Inventory [SEC(2008), 08/07/2006]

Strategy to Internalise the External Costs of Transport

Communication - Strategy for the internalisation of external costs

Memo pdf - 122 KB [122 KB]

Technical annex "Common framework for estimating external costs" pdf - 145 KB [145 KB]

Read more on "Internalisation for transport external costs"

Proposal for a Directive on road tolls for lorries

Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 1999/62/EC on the charging of heavy goods vehicles for the use of certain infrastructures [COM(2008)436]

Impact Assessment [SEC(2008) 2208]

Summary of the Impact Assesment [SEC(2008) 2209]

Memo pdf - 838 KB [838 KB]


Internalisation measures and policy for the external cost of transport (June 2008)

Road infrastructure cost and revenue in Europe (April 2008)

Handbook on estimation of external costs in the transport sector (February 2008)

Read more on " Road tolls for lorries"

Communication on rail noise

Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council - Rail noise abatement measures addressing the existing fleet [COM(2008)432]

Memo pdf - 703 KB [703 KB]

Impact Assessment [SEC(2008) 2203]

Impact Assessment Summary [SEC(2008) 2204]

Read more on "Rail noise "