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Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the [...]: Towards Europe-wide Safer, Cleaner and Efficient Mobility: The First Intelligent Car Report, COM(2007) 541 final

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Abstract

Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions: Towards Europe-wide Safer, Cleaner and Efficient Mobility: The First Intelligent Car Report, COM(2007) 541 final
Efficient transport services are crucial to the competitiveness of European industry. Although a major contributor to growth, transport does have environmental, economic and social costs. The environmental costs of transport, for example, are estimated to represent 1.1 % of Europe's GDP. Road congestion continues to grow and causes a further 1% loss of GDP In the area of Road Safety, Europe's ambitious goal to reduce fatalities by 50% by 2010 from the 2001 level was introduced in the White Paper on Transport Policy. In the mean time, safety has improved considerably; however with 41,600 deaths, more than 4000 above the target set by the White Paper, and 1.7 million injured in 2005, the situation is unacceptable.
In January 2007 the Commission proposed an integrated energy and climate package with targets on greenhouse gas emissions and renewable energy to cut emissions. On this basis, in the 2007 Spring European Council the EU heads of state and government set a firm target of cutting 20% of the EU's greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, a goal supported by the G8 Summit, which in June 2007 under the German Presidency stressed the urgency of combating climate change. With respect to road transport the Commission's objective has been to reach average CO2 emissions of 120g/km for new passenger cars and light-duty vehicles by 2012. This will be done through an integrated approach where CO2 emissions of 130g/km are to be delivered through vehicle motor technology and the additional 10 grams through other technological measures and the increased use of bio- fuels.

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Record Number: 8713 / Last updated on: 2007-10-04
Category: COM DOCUMENT