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Friday 14 March 2008

Energie-Cités’ opinion on the Green Paper “Towards a new culture for urban mobility”

In September 2007, the European Commission published a Green Paper entitled “Towards a new culture for urban mobility”.
The question is: does this Green Paper go far enough?
Are the proposals it contains aligned with the EU “3x20” objectives and will they – under their current definition – help the EU and its citizens tackle the energy and climate change challenges they are to face by 2020 and beyond?
Current trends in the transport sector lead us to fear that this will not be the case!

This is why Energie-Cités took part in the public debate, informed its members and prepared an opinion paper based on the Board’s contributions.


Amongst the main points put forward, Energie-Cités highlighted the following:

  • the necessary alignment of the Green Paper’s objectives with the “3x20”, based on the fact that transport issues are the most critical in terms of influencing consumption and emissions,
  • spatial and urban planning must also be taken into account as they greatly determine mobility and transportation needs,
  • technological solutions should not be overestimated as they will never produce the expected effects if we do not change our urban planning and mobility approach.

As to whether Local Mobility Plans should become compulsory or just be encouraged, Energie-Cités has opted for the second solution.
But, we recommend that integrated Territorial Energy and Climate Plans aimed at achieving “factor 4” by 2050 be systematically developed.
This would improve local policy coherence in all areas, especially transport.

Green paper available in all languages: http://ec.europa.eu/transport/clean...

The new culture of urban transport The new culture of urban transport

In September 2007, the European Commission published a Green Paper. The question is: does this Green Paper go far enough? Are the proposals it contains aligned with the EU “3x20” objectives and will they – under their current definition – help the EU and its citizens tackle the energy and climate change challenges they are to face by 2020 and beyond? Current trends in the transport sector lead us to fear that this will not be the case!

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by Béatrice Alcaraz on 14 March 2008 / 1134 visites




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