The new EU Green Deal: Towards a climate-neutral Europe with public transport

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Transport represents almost a quarter of Europe's greenhouse gas emissions and is one of the main causes of air pollution in cities.

With climate change a serious concern for Europeans, UITP has addressed an open letter to the incoming President and Executive Vice President of the European Commission outlining the role public transport can play towards a climate-neutral Europe.

In their capacity as President and Executive Vice President responsible for the European Green Deal, UITP’s European members would like to bring to the attention of Ursula von der Leyen and Frans Timmermans the key role that the urban, suburban and regional public transport sector can play in making Europe and its citizens net carbon neutral by 2050.

In her political guidelines published in July 2019, Ursula von der Leyen, the new President of the European Commission, committed to propose a European Green Deal in her first 100 days in office with the aim to make the EU climate neutral by 2050.

With the new European Commission taking office on 1 December 2019, now is the perfect time to highlight the role of public transport in helping to reach these objective.

UITP welcomes this goal and is ready to fully contribute to the objectives of the Green Deal.

We are convinced that the fastest and most cost-efficient way to decarbonise people’s daily mobility - and reduce the carbon footprint of their mobility choices - is to promote the use of public transport, walking and cycling.

With the support of the EU Green Deal, the public transport sector can achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions at the latest by 2050 in a cost-efficient manner.

The Open Letter was adopted by the UITP European Union Committee and endorsed at the international level by the UITP Policy Board.

Read UITP’s Press Release on our Open Letter to President von der Leyen and Executive Vice-President Timmermans

See UITP’s European Priorities for EU Policy for 2019-2024!

For more information on UITP at the European level visited our dedicated site.

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