The EASAC report reviews options for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from European transport. It argues for stronger policies to bridge the gap between the GHG emission reductions that will be delivered by current policies and the levels needed to limit global warming to less than 2°C or even 1.5°C (Paris Agreement). The report focusses on road transport because, in the EU, this contributes 72% of transport GHG emissions. EASAC recommends a combination of transitional measures for the next 10-15 years and sustainable measures for the long term, based on a three level policy framework:
- avoid and contain demand for transport services;
- shift passengers and freight to transport modes with lower emissions (trains, buses and ships);
- improve performance through vehicle design, more efficient powertrains and replacing fossil fuels with sustainable energy carriers including low-carbon electricity, hydrogen and synthetic fuels.
Opportunities for the EU to strengthen its industrial competitiveness and create high quality jobs are also discussed.
The report is available on the EASAC website.
The Council of Finnish Academies is the Finnish national member of EASAC.