15 organisations from the transport sector, including rail freight operators, port operators and seaport and inland port authorities, as well as logistics service providers, combined transport operators and terminal operators, call for a realistic European Green Deal strategy which aim to a carbon-neutral Europe by 2050.
The organisations underline that the success of the Green Deal will depend on the regulatory framework and financial instruments that will be mobilised to support innovation and the implementation of the proposed actions. Legal certainty for private investments as well as a financial stimulation of “first movers” will be an important cornerstone for the ultimate success of the strategy.
The signatories believe that the Green Deal can be an opportunity for Europe, particularly if it enables EU industries to benefit from a “new growth strategy” that will boost their competitiveness while becoming more sustainable. “Such an ambition should be achieved while preserving a level playing field with other regions of the world.”
To enable a sustainable trade and economic growth, EU transport sector should be supported in its effort to face the energy transition and remain a key priority for policy makers and Member States.
To a successful achievement, all the stakeholders should focus on a better integrated transport system and the Green Deal should be used as an opportunity to agree upon a legal framework that promotes a sustainable combination of all transport modes, taking the strengths and limitations inherent to each mode of transport into account. Combining rail, road, short sea shipping, inland waterways and air transport in a smart and efficient way will enable the further reduction of negative externalities.
“A comprehensive strategy for sustainable and smart mobility should look to revise key legal texts such as the TEN-T Regulation, the Rail Freight Corridor Regulation, the Combined Transport Directive, and the Eurovignette Directive. Successful multimodality will require legislative changes to the key legal texts,” the organisations underline.
The joint communication also highlights the importance of funding for research and innovation which will reduce the emissions across the different transport modes.