Climate change is set to be a core pillar of the von der Leyen Commission, in light of its reaffirmed commitment to making Europe the world’s first climate-neutral continent by enshrining the 2050 objective into law, and the proposed tightening of the EU’s 2030 emission reduction targets. Despite past technological improvements, the transport sector is still responsible for around one-quarter of Europe’s GHG emissions. Furthermore, the EU road transport is accountable for more than 70% of all GHG emissions from transport – and also contributes to the increased concentration of air pollutants (such as NOX and PM) in several European cities. While road transport is the most emitting mode, it also holds the largest untapped potential for further decarbonisation thanks to technologically proven and cost-efficient solutions that are already available today. The uptake of zero emission technologies, such as battery electric vehicles and fuel cells, will however, have to be supported by means of regulatory and financial measures.
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