The European Commission has published its strategy for low emission mobility.
It is part of its package of proposals to accelerate the region’s transition to a low carbon economy.
The strategy includes measures such as increasing the efficiency of the transport system, speeding the employment of low emission alternative energy for transport and boosting the use of zero emission vehicles.
The Commission insists cities and local authorities are a crucial part of the strategy as they are responsible for implementing incentives for low emission alternative energies and vehicles, encouraging the use of public transport and boosting schemes such as bike, car-sharing and car-pooling.
Once the strategy is fully implemented in the Member States, it is epxected to lead to improvements in air quality, reduction in noise levels, lower congestion levels and improved safety.
Consumers will also benefit from more efficient, less-energy consuming cars, the Commission stated.
Earlier this week, the EU proposed binding annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emission targets for Member States.