The EU has unveiled radical new plans to phase out all conventionally fueled cars from European cities by 2050. Leaked last week, the white paper Transport 2050 Roadmap targets by 2030 a 50% reduction in petro and diesel cars and removing them all together with two decades following that all this as to cut transport emissions by 60%.
A significant reduction will be made to oil dependence, greenhouse gas emissions and air and noise pollution from the gradual phasing out of the conventionally fuelled vehicles for urban areas.
In 2012 there will be a clean transport systems strategy published that will help the cities to introduce hybrid, electric and hydrogen cars and will include such details as developing a fuel, road pricing, a charging infrastructure for new vehicles and it will also promote the use of pubic transport and its benefits.
Low-carbon fuel in aviation is also to rise by 40% in the Roadmap while the shipping industry will be told to lower emissions by 40%. There will be an attempt to have all core airports and seaports connected by high speed rail three times longer than today by 2050 and spending will be £11.4bn annually.
The report also states that where possible seaports will be linked to inland waterways in an attempt to take a great deal of the intercity passenger and freight miles off the roads and onto waterborne transport and trains in order to lower emissions and save the fragile roadway system. One reason for the radical EU policy is due to the huge £210bn annual import oil bill that they face and meet the incredibly high emissions targets of 80-95%.