EU to aim for car-free cities by 2050
The European Commission is reportedly planning to publish an ambitious transport road map next week, which will include recommendations to phase out fossil-fuelled cars by 2050.
The commission will publish a white paper on Monday outlining recommendations for how the bloc should sustainably develop its transport infrastructure. A copy of the report, seen by EurActive, shows it wants to halve the use of oil- and gas-fuelled cars by 2030 before phasing them out completely by 2050.
The report will also recommend to urban developers that cities should have an increased use of greener transport systems such as rail and waterways, as well as more infrastructure, such as charge points, to shift to a widespread use of electric cars.
In an effort to reduce emissions from freight transport, it will recommend switching 30 per cent of road freight travelling more than 300km to greener alternatives such as such as rail or waterborne transport by 2030. This target would then be raised to more than 50 per cent by 2050.
The report also suggests promoting “joint public procurement for low-emission vehicles in commercial fleets”, which could involve governments buying low-carbon vehicles such as delivery vans or taxis, and renting or selling them to businesses at a subsidised rate.
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