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Decarbonising transport

31 August 2021

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The EU’s ambition to reach climate neutrality by mid-century requires the ground-breaking transformation of the transport sector towards deep decarbonisation. A new EU Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy lays the foundations of a new era in transport policy, guided by a 90% cut in transport-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050 compared to 1990. 

This policy brief explores how the transport sector will have to undergo structural changes over the next 30 years to deliver deep emission reductions. Market actors need to receive strong policy signals to become fully engaged in the transformation of the transport sector, to support the market uptake of zero-emission vehicles and vessels, the increased production and use of sustainable fuels and a substantial rollout of infrastructure for recharging batteries and re-fueling with alternative fuels.

INNOPATHS is a European Union Horizon 2020 research project running from 2016-2021, led by UCL, looking at the innovation required for large-scale reductions in greenhouse gas reductions in Europe and the rest of the world. It has published nine policy briefs on different aspects of its work, on Innovation; Power generation; Industry; Buildings; Transport; Finance; Labour markets; Biochar; and Decarbonisation Pathways.

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