Online event: Sustainable mobility: Powering climate action
14 January 2021, 15:00 – 17:00 CET
Hosted by MEP Maria Spyraki
Co-chair of the European Parliament Intergroup on ‘Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development’
For the European Union to reach carbon neutrality by 2050, as well as meet its increased 2030 climate objectives, the transport sector has a major role to play, while it needs to drastically decrease its GHG emissions. Electrification – both direct and indirect through H2 production – will be key to decarbonize transport in a cost-effective and energy-efficient way, while reinforcing the European energy autonomy.
Following the European Commission’s presentation of its Strategy for sustainable and smart mobility, a key pilar of the European Green Deal, this event seeks to address:
The need for a comprehensive roadmap and robust policy framework to foster the decarbonisation of all transport segments: uptake of zero-emission vehicles, deployment of charging infrastructure (revision of AFID), strengthening of interoperability requirements adequate customer information requirements,
The development of electric mobility for passengers and light duty vehicles while ensuring an efficient integration of electric vehicles in the energy system, in line with the Strategy for Energy system Integration,
The need to ramp up electric charging infrastructure and improve electric drivers’ experience in line with EU Green Deal announcements,
The use of decarbonised and renewable gases, such as hydrogen, to complement direct electrification, especially in hard-to-abate and long-distance transport segments such as aviation and shipping,
The need for appropriate carbon pricing – by strengthening the role of the EU ETS and revising the Energy Taxation Directive- to incentivise the uptake of decarbonised fuels and engage the maritime and aviation sectors in an ambitious decarbonisation pathway,
The increase of innovation funds allowing large scale pilot projects under HorizonEurope and InvestEU such as electric and fuel-cells solutions for heavy duty transport and hydrogen hubs in maritime ports.