Workshop: Moving without emissions
This workshop explored existing LTSs to see how Member States currently anticipate developments specifically on individual mobility.
Marko Đorić and Katarina Trstenjak, Jožef Stefan Institute, Slovenia, presented insights from their research on individual mobility in LTSs, followed by a discussion with the participants, moderated by Matthias Duwe, Ecologic Institute, Germany.
Emissions in the transport sector in the EU have grown significantly in the past 30 years. While emissions overall had been reduced by over 25% between 1990 and 2019, emissions from domestic transport grew by almost the same margin – going essentially in the opposite direction. For the move to a climate neutral economy, this trend will need to be reversed and emissions from the movement of both goods and people needs to go to zero, essentially.
While there is movement in the direction of a shift in technology for cars, supported by decisions on vehicle standards at EU level that essentially phase out the internal combustion engine, the transition to a climate friendly transport system is still at its very beginning. National long-term strategies should spell out possible paths towards a clean transport system, to inform policy-making in the coming years. This workshop zoomed into the information contained in existing LTSs to see how Member States currently anticipate developments specifically on individual mobility (not freight transport). It was then considered how EU policy could supplement and support national policy to trigger the shift to climate neutral mobility.