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30  Spring 2016 European Energy Innovation


Tackling transport emissions
at EU level thanks to sustainable
urban mobility:

By Karima Delli, Greens-EFA Member of European Parliament, Coordinator of Transport Committee

                As a French Green Member
                                                                                                                                     of Parliament, coordinator
                                                                                                                                     of the Transport committee,
                                                                                                                                     my contribution has always
                                                                                                                      stood in finding a way to reduce
                                                                                                                      transport emissions and improve
                                                                                                                      mobility at the meantime. In the past
                                                                                                                      decades, this equation seemed to be
                                                                                                                      almost impossible. Since the COP21
                                                                                                                      agreements, what I considered as
                                                                                                                      a personal road map has become
                                                                                                                      a worldwide challenge. As the 3rd
                                                                                                                      biggest carbon emitter (12% of GHG
                                                                                                                      after China: 24% and the US: 15%), EU
                                                                                                                      is somehow "too big to fail" and the
                                                                                                                      Greens-EFA's group at the European
                                                                                                                      Parliament is pushing for a whole
                                                                                                                      strategy in every single sector of its

                                                                                                                      Among the economic sectors at
                                                                                                                      stake, transport is one the most
                                                                                                                      challenging. In the EU, transport
                                                                                                                      sector is responsible for 20% of
                                                                                                                      GHG (versus 14% at world level). In
                                                                                                                      Europe, as in most well-developed
                                                                                                                      territories, transport is a very energy-
                                                                                                                      related issue. And if we assume that
                                                                                                                      we are entering a new technological
                                                                                                                      era, as it is claimed by Jeremy Rifkin
                                                                                                                      under the concept of "Third Industrial
                                                                                                                      Revolution", one needs to seek for a
                                                                                                                      closer cooperation between transport,
                                                                                                                      energy and information technology.
                                                                                                                      This is what innovation in transport
                                                                                                                      must be all about. Synergy between
                                                                                                                      these three aspects provides plenty of
                                                                                                                      leverages to reach the objectives set
                                                                                                                      by the COP21.

                                                                                                                      As a first step towards this
                                                                                                                      complex approach of transport, I
                                                                                                                      was assigned rapporteure at the
                                                                                                                      European Parliament for the report

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