Brussels has announced plans to rapidly reduce the level of carbon emissions produced by transportation around the European Union.
The European Commission said it wanted to boost sustainable methods of moving people and goods around the continent.
Its focus on decarbonising transport is part of a broad Energy Union that sets out the Commission’s policies and vision on long-term energy security.
The Commission said in a statement alongside the launch: “The Energy Union will ensure that renewable energy is mainstreamed and fully integrated into a fully sustainable, secure and cost-efficient energy system.
“This will allow the EU to remain a world leader in competitive renewable energy technology and innovation, and smart and flexible energy systems and services.
“For this to happen, the Commission will [among other things] speed up the decarbonisation of the transport sector, including by promoting the electrification of the transport sector and investments in advanced biofuel production, and further integrate the energy and transport systems.”
A conference on the decarbonisation of road transport will be held this June .