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What do we want to achieve ?

With growing freight and passenger transport, pollution and congestion risk is aggravating. The European Commission is working towards a form of mobility that is sustainable, energy-efficient and respectful of the environment.

Our aim is to disconnect mobility from its adverse effects. This means, above all, promoting co-modality, i.e. optimally combining various modes of transport within the same transport chain, which is the solution for the future in the case of freight. Technical innovation and a shift towards the least polluting and most energy efficient modes of transport — especially in the case of long distance and urban travel — will also contribute to a more sustainable mobility.


The European Commission published on 28/06/2013 the first progress report on the implementation of the "Sustainable Waterborne Transport Toolbox" pdf - 169 KB [169 KB] .

The toolbox approach was originally proposed in September 2011 and since then further developed in order to promote compliance with – and minimise the possible negative impacts of – new environmental standards in maritime transport.

The toolbox measures are in particular aimed at dealing with the implementation of the 2008 International Maritime Organization (IMO) rules on the maximum level of sulphur for fuels and their subsequent introduction into EU legislation (amendment of Directive 1999/32/EC via Directive 2012/33/EU ).

See also: Maritime transport: first step to reduce emissions

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