New mobility services and business models are changing urban transport, affecting both the supply and demand sides of urban mobility market. Evidence shows that these developments can lead to a significant reduction of single occupancy private car use and an increase of public transport use, leading to a strong reduction in congestion, local air pollution, and CO2 emissions. Despite their long term potential, the growth and development of new mobility services are often hampered by existing market access restrictions, operational requirements and financial disincentives. This joint position paper outlines the key recommendations from 10 organisations engaged in promoting new mobility. They are: BMW Group, car2go, European Cyclists’ Federation, Mobility Nation, nextbike, Siemens, Transport & Environment, Uber, and the City of Vilnius.
The agenda includes items in energy & climate and environment, transport, trade, food & drink and digital policy.
A lighter car is always more efficient, irrespective of whether it runs on petrol, diesel or electric power. A future-proof regulation should therefore encourage car manufacturers to reduce vehicle weights to improve efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions. Revising Regulation 2009/443, which sets targets for CO2 emissions from cars and vans, presents an ideal opportunity to consider the contribution of weight reduction to low carbon mobility. The European Commission’s proposal, presented on the 8 November 2017, misses an opportunity to introduce genuine technology neutrality and ensure that every gram of CO2 saving is valued equally.
ECSA has always maintained that shipping has to contribute substantially to global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and will always be committed to most proactive and realistic reduction aspirations. ECSA’s President Panos Laskaridis said: “With the IMO MEPC 72 meeting fast approaching, the European Shipowners reiterate their strongest possible commitment to the development, within the time schedule agreed in the Roadmap, of an ambitious and realistic IMO strategy on GHG, including CO2 emissions reductions from shipping as a whole and urges Member States to work diligently towards this goal”.
Buses carry around half of all public transport passengers, accounting for around 8% of the EU’s transport emissions. As part of the effort to minimise the use of personal transport and transition towards cleaner cities, it is essential that the decarbonisation of buses begins rapidly. With this in mind, the EU-funded ZeEUS project (Zero Emission Urban Bus System) ran demonstrations of zero-emission buses in several European cities. The results were encouraging in both confirming the technological maturity and the public acceptance for the wider deployment of zero emission, electric buses. This gives us all the more reason to push for stronger policies in the ongoing revision of the Clean Vehicles Directive (CVD).