About: sustainable transport

Greening air travel

Amid steady growth in air traffic and related polluting emissions, the aerospace industry is rolling up its sleeves to ensure that the sector grows in a carbon-neutral manner as of 2020.
Transport 09-05-2008

Transport infrastructure and environment

As mobility increases, Europe's roads and skies are becoming increasingly saturated – leaving policymakers with two options: to increase existing capacity or to optimise it, notably thanks to the introduction of infrastructure charging schemes.
Transport 29-10-2007

The review of the EU’s Fuel Quality Directive

Petrol and diesel specifications are being reviewed in order to lower their environmental and health impact as well as to take into account new EU-wide targets on biofuels and greenhouse gas emissions reduction.
Transport 19-09-2007

Urban Transport

In September 2007, the Commission presented the outlines of a new 'urban strategy', which lays out a large range of potential solutions and areas where the EU could take action in order to tackle the growing congestion, pollution and safety problems in Europe's cities.
Transport 20-07-2007

Sustainable Transport

The Commission set out a ten-year strategy on sustainability in the transport sector in its 2001 White Paper on Transport Policy. The strategy focused predominantly on balancing the different modes of transport, harmonising legislation within specific sectors, and enhancing transport safety. But, in an enlarged EU, under pressure from accelerating globalisation, high oil prices and transport-targeted terrorist attacks, the EU is looking to adapt its initial strategy.
Transport 19-06-2006

White Paper on Transport

In 2001, the Commission presented a White Paper proposing 60 measures to overhaul the EU’s transport policy in order to make it more sustainable and avoid huge economic losses due to congestion, pollution and accidents. A 2006 mid-term update attempts to re-balance the policy towards economic objectives.
Transport 22-02-2006

Road Charging (Eurovignette)

By laying down common rules on how EU states may charge heavy goods vehicles for using the road network, the 'Eurovignette' directive aims to ensure road usage better reflects its true impact on society and the environment by introducing a "user pays" and a "polluter pays" principle. The aim is also to shift freight away from roads onto other less-polluting modes of transport such as rail and waterways.
Transport 25-11-2003

Fuel Taxation

In its draft Directive, tabled in July 2002, the Commission proposes to create a separate tax category for commercial diesel fuel, with a single level of excise duty applicable from 2010. At the same time, the minimum tax rates on petrol and diesel for non-commercial purposes are to be aligned. The proposal aims to confront transport users with the real costs ("polluter pays" principle), while creating equal conditions for competition among the EU's road haulage and passenger transport industries.