Towards an Effective EU Framework for Road Transport and GHG Emissions

CEPS Special Report, No. 141

31 Pages Posted: 26 Oct 2016

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Christian Egenhofer

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

Andrei Marcu

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

Vasileios Rizos

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

Arno Behrens

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

Jorge Núñez Ferrer

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

Arndt Hassel

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

Milan Elkerbout

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

Date Written: July 7, 2016

Abstract

The adoption of the Paris Agreement at the end of 2015 and the EU’s intended nationally determined contribution (INDC) have confirmed the EU’s commitment to achieve decarbonisation by 2050. Transport accounts for about a quarter of EU greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, representing the second-largest source of GHG emissions in Europe after the energy sector. The transport sector will play a significant role in the EU’s efforts to decarbonise its economy in line with its international commitments. The purpose of this report is to examine different EU policy options to address transport emissions, with a special emphasis on passenger cars. It ‘thinks through’ the options that are currently assessed in the EU and considers how they could be put together in a comprehensive framework. The report concludes with a number of measures to lead EU transport decarbonisation policy. A distinction is made between i) no-regret options and ii) measures for consideration.

Keywords: EU, greenhouse gas emissions, GHG, intended nationally determined contribution, INDC, road transport

Suggested Citation

Egenhofer, Christian and Marcu, Andrei and Rizos, Vasileios and Behrens, Arno and Ferrer, Jorge Núñez and Hassel, Arndt and Elkerbout, Milan, Towards an Effective EU Framework for Road Transport and GHG Emissions (July 7, 2016). CEPS Special Report, No. 141 , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2859388

Christian Egenhofer (Contact Author)

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) ( email )

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Andrei Marcu

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

Arno Behrens

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) ( email )

1 Place du Congres, 1000
Brussels, 1000
Belgium

Jorge Núñez Ferrer

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

1 Place du Congres, 1000
Brussels, 1000
Belgium

Arndt Hassel

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) ( email )

1 Place du Congres, 1000
Brussels, 1000
Belgium

Milan Elkerbout

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) ( email )

1 Place du Congres, 1000
Brussels, 1000
Belgium

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