Mobility week puts focus on urban transport-climate link

Citizens are encouraged to make use of more climate-friendly alternatives to cars.

From 16 to 22 September 2006, countries all over Europe are participating in the European Mobility Week. A wide range of activities are taking place to raise awareness, especially on the issue of climate change. An early highlight was the car-free day in Europe’s capital on 17 September 2006; cars are responsible for more than 10% of climate-changing greenhouse gases in the EU. Citizens are thus being encouraged to make use of more climate-friendly alternatives, such as walking, cycling, public transport or car-sharing.

The European Parliament’s Green group presented its new strategy paper on “soft mobility” on 15 September 2006, outlining their proposal for a comprehensive and sustainable transport policy featuring the introduction of a kerosene tax, an emissions-trading schemes and a sustainable concept for “urban mobility”.

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