CER calls on modal shift to rail under the European Green Deal

Rail bridge construction in Poland

The Community of European Railways and Infrastructure Companies (CER) urged the European Commission, Parliament and Member States to agree on a strong European Green Deal, based on modal shift to rail, which will lead to a full decarbonisation by 2050.
A strong European Green Deal will help to progressively reduce to net-zero the greenhouse gas emissions from transport and from the wider economy by 2050 at the latest. As the existing green mode of motorised transport, thanks to very low externalities, high degrees of electrification and increasingly zero-carbon operation, they can greatly help greening transport. The European Green Deal should support their contribution.
“European railways warmly welcome the plan of the incoming European Commission for a European Green Deal to support the EU’s transition to a net-zero carbon economy by 2050. As the existing green mode of motorised transport, rail can make a key contribution to this transition with a modal shift to clean transport. They are today making concrete proposals on how the Deal can support their contribution. CER stands ready to engage with policymakers to help the European Green Deal deliver clean mobility for all,” CER Executive Director, Libor Lochman, said.
On its “Rail’s priorities for the European Green Deal” position paper, CER highlights and explains some items which can contribute to decarbonizing the transport sector.
CER says that the EU and its Member States should implement a number of policy measures to set transport on a path to full decarbonisation by 2050, with a modal shift to rail, effective tools to implement ‘user pays’ and ‘polluter pays’ principles and proper funding for clean mobility.

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