The European Commission’s Green Deal outlines a strategy to tackle environmental challenges and for Europe to become “the world’s first climate-neutral continent by 2050”. FIA Region I believes that policies should be designed to ensure maximum coherence with the existing measures in road transport and fairly share the burden between the different sectors, based on the cost efficiency of savings.
In its position paper, FIA Region I offers its insights on the Green Deal and the specific measures that would have a direct effect on transport and mobility. In particular, the European Commission should:
- develop a methodology for assessing the life cycle emissions of vehicles for the purpose of monitoring CO2 emissions reductions between 2025 and 2030.
- ensure a technology-neutral approach to decarbonisation and support measures to decarbonise all power trains including the use of low carbon liquid fuels in vehicles.
- ensure a European energy taxation framework as the main financial tool to incentivise motorists to save fuel.
- carefully weigh any additional measures on taxation of private mobility.
- stay coherent with all the measures aimed at road transport, whilst making sure vulnerable consumers are not unduly penalised.
- avoid placing added financial burden on consumers for road tolls, external costs or congestion charging.
- efficiently mitigate the negative impacts of transport at the source and avoid making mobility more expensive by charging environmental and congestion costs.
- support alternative fuels through legislation where they are truly sustainable and can offer significant emissions reductions.
- fully evaluate the potential of stricter post Euro-6 limits to cut air pollutant emissions that are technologically viable and do not have a significant effect on the cost of motoring.