The European Commission unveiled its “Fit for 55” package, mapping out the path for Europe to effectively become the first carbon neutral continent by 2050.
“We welcome the European Commission’s recognition that this strategy will need to get consumers onboard, and the proposal to mitigate adverse effects on the most vulnerable”, said Laurianne Krid, FIA Region I Director General. “To reach its ambition, the European Union should accompany society in embracing the change, and the rising costs of mobility are one of the challenges we face in this transition.”
Despite the announced open and technology neutral approach as guiding thread when setting the legislative framework for the years to come, the proposals of the European Commission de facto lead to compulsory electrification of the new vehicle fleet as from 2035. By assessing climate neutrality through the tailpipe emissions, the European Commission neglects an indispensable aspect in designing a climate neutral transport system: a fair assessment of all modes and their actual footprint on a life cycle basis.
“The transition to climate neutral mobility requires a variety of powertrains and energy carriers to be fast, effective, and efficient, whilst creating the conditions for a smooth shift to electrification. We would therefore not rule out any zero-emissions options in the way to decarbonisation”, added Laurianne Krid.
The FIA European Bureau is concerned about the challenges that will be faced by many in the transition. While the broader availability of alternative fuels infrastructure and increased use of sustainable fuels are welcome, some uncertainties remain on the efficiency of the proposed ETS scheme for transport. To lead this transition to a success, the European Union and its Member States must ensure that the interplay of the various policies, both European and national, will lead to a smooth implementation in the transition phase, and avoid the consumers being burdened multiple times.
“Mobility is an enabler for many, and the current sanitary crisis shows renewed interest for personal mobility, for its flexibility and convenience. The paramount objective should therefore be to ensure that, in the future, motorists will enjoy at least the same levels of convenience and affordability that they do today”, concluded Laurianne Krid.
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The FIA European Bureau is a consumer body representing 67 Motoring and Touring Clubs and their 36 million members from across Europe. The FIA European Bureau represents the interests of its members as motorists, riders, pedestrians, and passengers. The FIA European Bureau is working to ensure safe, affordable, clean, and efficient mobility for all. Learn more at www.fiaregion1.com