Transitions towards a more sustainable mobility system

Publication Created 15 Nov 2016 Published 14 Dec 2016
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EEA Report No 34/2016
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The EEA’s new report ‘TERM 2016: Transitions towards a more sustainable mobility system’ assesses the progress European Union Member States are making to improve the environmental performance of transport in line with related EU policy targets. The report also looks at the big changes underway in the sector, from emerging technologies like electric and driverless cars, or recent practices that have caught on, like shared or on-demand online mobility services for commuters. The report stresses that transport activity in the years ahead will continue to put pressure on the environment if action isn’t taken to make transport sustainable.

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While technological developments will largely determine the future environmental performance of the transport sector, meeting decarbonisation goals for the sector requires not only incremental changes like the wider introduction of electric vehicles and improved fuel efficiency in planes and ships, but also more far reaching changes to lifestyles and habits which greatly influence the way we use transport. The report identifies the scale of change required, in terms of the transport environmental performance, in order to meet the EU’s long-term decarbonisation targets for 2050. It also looks at various barriers and lock-ins that can hold up or delay the shift to a sustainable mobility system. 

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