Pathways to Low Carbon Transport in the EU – From Possibility to Reality

CEPS Task Force Reports, June 2013

72 Pages Posted: 14 Jun 2013

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Arie Bleijenberg

TNO Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research

Christian Egenhofer

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

Arno Behrens

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

Vasileios Rizos

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

Monica Alessi

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

Date Written: June 12, 2013

Abstract

A new CEPS Task Force Report has identified possible pathways for achieving the EU’s ambitious climate change targets. It concludes that a GHG emissions reduction in line with EU climate change policy is possible, but it has a cost. This report argues that most of the reductions required of the transport sector in the EU could come from more energy-efficient vehicles, combined with the gradual introduction of low-carbon fuels and new engine technologies. The key policy for reducing GHG emissions in road transport is the steady tightening of emissions standards in line with technological progress. The report also identifies strategies for the transport system to become more energy and/or carbon efficient, arguing that leverage can be further enhanced by local and city governments’ incentives for efficient and low-carbon vehicles in line with local circumstances and choices. The Task Force on Low Carbon Transport brought together a diverse set of stakeholders from the car and oil industries, business associations, international organisations, member states, academic experts and NGOs. This authoritative report is the result of that unique collaboration.

Keywords: EU, climate change, GHG, emissions reduction, reducing GHG emissions

Suggested Citation

Bleijenberg, Arie and Egenhofer, Christian and Behrens, Arno and Rizos, Vasileios and Alessi, Monica, Pathways to Low Carbon Transport in the EU – From Possibility to Reality (June 12, 2013). CEPS Task Force Reports, June 2013, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2278809

Arie Bleijenberg (Contact Author)

TNO Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research

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Christian Egenhofer

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) ( email )

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Arno Behrens

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) ( email )

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Brussels, 1000
Belgium

Vasileios Rizos

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) ( email )

1 Place du Congres, 1000
Brussels, 1000
Belgium

Monica Alessi

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) ( email )

1 Place du Congres
Brussels, 1000
Belgium

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