THE EU ON THE PATH TO A SUSTAINABLE, SMART AND RESILIENT TRANSPORT SYSTEM

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      The EU is committed to being climate-neutral by 2050. Mobility has emerged as one of the major challenges of the energy transition.

      As such, means of transport and travel need to be optimised to preserve the environment.

      Introducing its “Fit for 55 package”, the European Commission is now speeding up the transition towards low-emission mobility that is both inclusive and accessible to all. This should enable the EU to meet the climate goals of the European Green Deal and includes a series of proposals to revise EU legislation. 

      An action plan for the wider use of alternative fuels for all modes plays a significant role in the decarbonisation of transport.

      The aviation and maritime sector are given a strong political impetus/signal through the revision of the rules on infrastructure as well as legislations on the deployment and use of alternative fuels, with the new ReFuelEU Aviation and FuelEU Maritime initiatives. It introduces for the first time ever measures to consider the whole life cycle of fuels used by ships in a hard-to-decarbonize sector. For cars, the Commission shows even a stronger ambition, with a de facto ban of internal-combustion engine vehicles by 2035.

      A number of large intermodal infrastructure projects are currently underway (rail, aviation and maritime) and can provide solutions in terms of reducing our carbon footprint, optimising our logistic chains for freight or decongesting our cities.

      It is important to emphasise that the Sustainable and Intelligent Mobility Strategy lays the foundations for a green and digital transformation and for greater resilience to future crises. Creating an ecosystem to optimise and digitise the supply chain is a key component of sustainable mobility.

      Greater digitalisation as well as sound data management will play a vital role in the transformation of mobility and the transport industry in Europe.

      The transport sector is a driver of the European economy and will need to adapt quickly and find ways to increase its efficiency through technological innovations and investments for a swift roll-out of low emission transport. New mobility models will entail a safer, multimodal, inclusive, more efficient approach.

      The aim of this issue of The European Files is to highlight the growth opportunities within the mobility sector and the implementation of an ecosystem of available and efficient infrastructure, while enabling cleaner and more convenient means of mobility for its users. 

      Editor-in-Chief 

      Laurent ULMANN

      TABLE OF CONTENTS
      • How could the EU transport system achieve its green and digital transformation?
        Adina-Ioana Vălean, Commissioner for Transport, European Commission
      • How can we make the European transport system more resilient to future crises?
        Jernej Vrtovec, Minister of Infrastructure of the Republic of Slovenia
      • Decarbonization isn’t the end of mobility— it’s a new beginning
        Jean-Baptiste Djebbari, French Minister Delegate for Transport
      • Put the right incentives in place to drive the transition to clean mobility
        Timo Harakka, Finnish Minister of transport and Communications
      • A pathway for green investment in transport
        Kris Peeters, EIB Vice-President responsible for transport operations.
      • The role of the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation
        Ismail Ertug, MEP (S&D Group – Germany), Member of the TRAN Committee European Parliament, Rapporteur for Deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure, and repealing
      • Investing in a sustainable future of mobility: Why the EU must remain open-minded to the various technical solutions
        Angelika Niebler, MEP (EPP Group – Germany), Member of the ITRE Committee
      • Shifting to Europe’s Rail
        Carlo Borghini, Executive Director, Shift2Rail
      • Driving the EU towards sustainable automotive mobility
        Dominique Riquet, MEP, (Renew Europe – France), Rapporteur on CO2, emissions standards for cars, in ITRE (Committee on Industry, Research and Energy), Founding President, and co-chair of the Sustainable, long-term investments & European, competitive industry intergroup
      • The ever changing European Transport system
        Barbara Thaler, MEP (EPP Group – Austria), Member of the TRAN Committee
      • Aviation Fuels in Europe ReFuel EU Aviation: A route to net zero European aviation
        Marian-Jean Marinescu, MEP, speaker of the EPP Group in TRAN Committee and chair of the European Parliament’s Sky and Space Intergroup
      • Regulatory and financial environment to support the decarbonisation of aviation
        Nathalie Errard, Senior Vice President, Head of Europe and NATO affairs at Airbus
      • Decarbonisation of Aviation – Will the EU ETS Aviation proposal fly?
        Jan-Christoph Oetjen, MEP (Renew Europe – Germany), Vice-Chair and Member of the Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN), Member of the Committee on Development (DEVE)
      • Clean Aviation soars to new heights
        Axel Krein, Executive Director of Clean Aviation Joint Undertaking
      • Better mobility, better city, better life
        Dario Nardella, President of Eurocities and Mayor of Florence
      • Micromobility “Made in Europe” to Achieve our Climate Targets and Make our Cities More Sustainable
        Diego Pavia, CEO of EIT InnoEnergy
      • Consumer policy can help clean up transport in Europe
        Monique Goyens, Director General – BEUC
      • Comfortable, Clean, Autonomous: The Transformation of Public Transport
        Torsten Gollewski, ZF Group, Executive Vice President Autonomous Mobility Systems
      • Efficient roadworthiness tests will improve road safety on Europe’s roads
        Benoît LUTGEN, MEP (EPP Group – Belgium), Member of the Committee on Transport and Tourism
      • True climate neutral mobility beyond the tailpipe – decarbonizing supply chains
        Thomas Ingenlath, CEO of Polestar
      • Towards future-proof inland waterway transport and ports
        Caroline Nagtegaal Van Doorn, MEP (Renew Europe – Netherlands), Member of the TRAN and ECON committees.
      • The ets extension to maritime: finally contributing its fair share
        Peter Liese, MEP (EPP Group – Germany), ETS Rapporteur incl. Maritime, Member of the ENVI Committee
      • The overall objective is to enable safe, secure and sustainable maritime transport
        Maja Markovčić Kostelac, Executive Director, European Maritime Safety Agency
      • Data: the fuel that feeds digitalisation
        Maja Bakran Marcich, Deputy Director General, DG Mobility and Transport ( MOVE), European Commission
      • Reduce CO2 emissions on transport by new services provides by digitalization
        Henna Virkkunen, MEP (EPP Group – Finland), Member of the ITRE and TRAN Committee’s
      • Building an ecosystem to optimize and digitize the supply chain for sustainable mobility
        Jesper Bennike, Executive Director, Sixfold
      • CINEA, funding infrastructure for a greener Europe
        Dirk Beckers, Director, CINEA
      • The future of electrification is already here: it’s now time to scale-up battery R&I
        Philippe Jacques, Secretary-General of The Batteries European Partnership Association (BEPA)