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Dated: 29 March 2011

Cities To Be Rid of Petrol Powered Cars by 2050?


Yesterday (Monday, 28th March), the EU Government released a document which detailed their plans to gradually phase out “conventionally fuelled” vehicles within European cities. The belief is that by 2050, there will be no more conventionally fuelled cars in any EU city.

It is the belief of the EU that through the proposed measures – outlined in the document – the dependence that Europe currently has on imported oil will be significantly reduced. On top of this carbon emissions from transport could be cut by up to 60%

Stated on the Independent Newspaper’s website, the main goals are:

  • No more conventionally fuelled cars in cities
  • 40% use of sustainable low-carbon fuels in aviation; at least a 40% cut in shipping emissions
  •  A 50% shift of medium distance inter-city passenger and freight journeys from road to rail and waterborne transport

Siim Kallas, an EU Transport Commissioner, said "the widely held belief that you need to cut mobility to fight climate change is simply not true.

"Competitive transport systems are vital for Europe's ability to compete in the world, for economic growth, job creation and for people's everyday quality of life."

"Curbing mobility is not an option; neither is business as usual. We can break the transport system's dependence on oil without sacrificing its efficiency and compromising mobility. It can be win-win."

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