NGVA Europe, the Natural & bio Gas Vehicle Association, welcomes the recently published Grosch report, prepared by the Belgian MEP and TRAN Committee member in the European Parliament, Mathieu Grosch, which itself "welcomes the 2011 White Paper, but notes that major goals of the 2001 White Paper were reached either only in part or not at all." The MEP report considers that more specific provisions are required for the period until 2020, inlcuding challenges facing transport in the field of energy and the environment, and therefore e.g. calls for a 20% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from road transport by 2020. NGVA Europe is fully supporting the set target by the MEPs, as natural gas and biomethane, as an immediately available alternative to oil in transport, can help to meet this target right away. At the same time, NGVA Europe recommends to put a stronger emphasis on the crucial issue of improving local air quality in cities. Natural gas and biomethane can be used in existing internal combustion engines with no limitation to blending thanks to the same molecular composition. Biomethane is one of the main pillars to reach the mandatory 2020 target of 10% biofuels in transport. The development of biomethane is linked to that of Natural Gas Vehicles and hence a favourable tax treatment allowing the development of methane refuelling infrastructure. Methane, the available alternative to oil derived fuels, has very low NOx and PM emissions improving urban air quality and also significantly reduces noise and CO2.
Committee: Transport and Tourism
A 50% reduction in the deaths and injuries on Europe's roads, clear targets for reducing CO2 emissions and the inclusion of the costs of noise and pollution in the prices of all modes of transport: these are the key proposals in the draft report on the Roadmap to a Single European Transport Area presented to Parliament's Transport Committee on Thursday by Mathieu Grosch (EPP, BE).
His report builds on the Commission white paper on EU transport policy from now to 2050 presented in March. "We have to learn the lessons of the previous white papers, set clear 10-year targets and ensure that they are met", said the Belgian MEP this morning, condemning the lack of political will shown by Member States in the past.Stressing that efficient integrated transport ("co-modality") in passenger and goods transport "should be the guiding idea for future transport policy", Mr Grosch calls on the Commission to issue proposals by 2013 to develop infrastructure for pedestrians and cyclists in towns and to double the number of passengers on public transport by means of incentives.
Cutting CO2 emissions and removing bottlenecks
For the S&D Group, Czech MEP Olga Sehnalová called for the new targets to be based on a detailed analysis of the existing systems and, together with Gesine Meissner (ALDE, DE), opposed any new proposal on port services.
In the chair: Dominique Riquet (EPP, FR)
Source: NGVA Europe, TRAN Committee
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