Mobility and Transport

Sustainable transport

Sustainable transport

What do we want to achieve ?

White paper

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

Our aim is to reduce the adverse effects connected to mobility. This means, above all, promoting co-modality, i.e. optimally combining various modes of transport within the same transport chain, which looking forward, is the solution in the case of freight. Technical innovations 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 more sustainable mobility.


On 28 June 2013, the European Commission published the first progress report on the implementation of the "Sustainable Waterborne Transport Toolbox" .

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 aimed, in particular, at dealing with the implementation of the 2008 International Maritime Organisation (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  ).



Maritime transport: first step to reduce emissions