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Published on 28-03-11

The European Commission has adopted a comprehensive strategy (Transport 2050) for a competitive transport system that will increase mobility, remove major barriers in key areas and fuel growth and employment. At the same time, the proposals will dramatically reduce Europe's dependence on imported oil and cut carbon emissions in transport by 60% by 2050. The Transport 2050 roadmap sets different goals for different types of journey - within cities, between cities, and long distance.

For urban transport, the key goal is to incite a big shift to cleaner cars and cleaner fuels. The roadmap aims to reduce the use of conventionally fuelled cars in cities by 50% by 2030, and lead towards phasing them out by 2050.

    EU drive towards greener transport

    For intercity travel: 50% of all medium-distance passenger and freight transport should shift off the roads and onto rail and waterborne transport. For long-distance travel and intercontinental freight, air travel and ships will continue to dominate. However, new engines, fuels and traffic management systems should increase efficiency and reduce emissions.

    A recent survey showed that Europeans in general are supportive of a greener transport. A Eurobarometer survey conducted in all 27 European Union Member States showed that the majority of car users (66%) would be likely to compromise on the car’s size in order to reduce emissions and 62% said the same about the car’s range (the distance that one could drive before needing to refuel or recharge the vehicle). More than half of people (60%) would also be willing to pay more for their car if it helped to reduce emissions. While most users choose to drive a car because of its convenience, nearly three quarters of EU citizens (71%) said they would consider using public transport more frequently if it would be possible to buy a single ticket covering all transport modes.

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