The EU has been at the forefront of international efforts towards the Paris climate agreement and took legislative steps to implement its target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% by 2030. On 28th November 2018, the European Commission has published a Communication on the long-term strategy for GHG emissions reduction ahead of the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties, taking place in Katowice in December 2018. Transport emissions are the main obstacle in delivering the EU’s climate objectives. Decarbonisation of the transport sector remains both a challenge and an opportunity for the greenhouse gases reduction policy. Rail is the only mode reducing its emissions and thanks to energy-efficient zero carbon railways there can be more transport activity with lower and lower emissions in Europe.
Welcoming the initiative on a long-term EU Strategy for emissions reductions, the Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER), the Association of the European rail infrastructure managers (EIM) and the Association of the European rail supply industry (UNIFE) suggests policymakers to seize the opportunity by acting now to accelerate decarbonisation of the transport sector. In particular, CER, EIM and UNIFE urge the Commission to foster win-win cooperation in climate change by rapidly reinforcing low emission mobility in Europe through: