On 9 December, the European Commission published the Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy, which lays the foundation for a sustainable, digital and resilient EU transport sector. The Strategy ultimately contributes to achieving the ambitions set out by the European Green Deal to cut the transport-related greenhouse gas emissions by 90% before 2050. The Strategy also aims ensure that the EU transport sector is fit for a clean, digital and modern economy, setting the following objectives:
- increasing the uptake of zero-emission vehicles
- making sustainable alternative solutions available to the public & businesses
- supporting digitalisation & automation
- improving connectivity & access.
To achieve these goals, the Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy is accompanied by an Action Plan of 82 legislative and non-legislative initiatives that focuses on 10 key areas, from boosting the uptake of zero-emission vehicles, and renewable & low-carbon fuels, to greening freight transport and fostering innovation and the use of data and artificial intelligence (AI) for smarter mobility. Among the 82 initiatives, certain initiatives could represent an opportunity to continue the transition and development of sustainable transport and logistic solutions.
A key element of the strategy is the focus on the production and deployment of sustainable alternative transport fuels, as well as on the roll-out of public recharging and refuelling points for long-distance travel and in less densely populated areas. In parallel, the Commission wants to adapt the existing legislation to preserve coherence: review the 2014 Alternative fuels infrastructure directive and the 2013 Trans-European transport network regulation, to support he deployment of zero-and low-emission vehicles and vessels.
Ecommerce Europe will follow-up on the publication of the relevant initiatives and will engage in monitoring and direct involvement activities accordingly.