The Deputy Director-General for Climate Action at the European Commission asks for immediate action and an international alignment in the industry and in the transportation sector in order to achieve climatic neutrality by 2050. Clara de la Torre believes that the new EU legislation and the incentive programs for de-carbonized fuels could be of great success and even allow Europe to lead in the market of green fuel.
“The world dramatically changed, and Europe in particular, and we need to be climatically clean by 2050.” In order to face the current economic crisis, the European Commission’s Green Deal will simultaneously reconstruct the European economy, our life in a more sustainable way and leave the planet in a better situation than the one we had before the pandemic crisis” analyzed the Deputy Director-General for Climate Action at the European Commission.
“Reaching climatic neutrality by 2050 will require us to increase our ambition in climatic policies”, continued Clara da la Torre, who was responsible at the European Commission for the policies in the transportation sector. “Transportation is a sector where unfortunately the increase of emissions is very relevant. We have been incapable of reducing these emissions” admits de la Torre.
“We know that the sector largely contributes to the European economy, but we also know that it’s responsible for one fourth of all emissions. In order to achieve the 2050 goal, we need to reduce in 90% the emissions in the transportation sector “. “Road, train, air and sea transportation: we are all responsible for contributing to these goals and that requires a deep change in the mobility of the sector” added.
“We recently launched an innovation plan in which we will invest 10 billion euros, coming from the European commercial system. At the same time, we will launch a communication to deal with a more sustainable and greener mobility strategy” reminded Clara de la Torre.
“As far as electric vehicles, which are a very important part of this mobility system, the Commission is working on a more efficient regulation in a new time framework in order to implement a system to improve performance, have, for example, better battery patterns, in order to promote innovation in cars in general and to create a stronger circular value chain of safe batteries in a new and competitive European market”, specified the Director-General for Climate Action at the European Commission.
But there is more: “Clean hydrogen will be crucial in this transformation, especially when we are decarbonizing heavy transportation. It will be crucial for air and naval transportation.” For both electric and hydrogen fueled transportation, to build the necessary infrastructures is instrumental”, allerted.
“We propose that in 2025 about one million new charging and refueling stations will be ready all over Europe. It will also support the renewal and cleaning of new transportation fleets for companies and cities. This will be connecting all of our installations in Europe”.
“Furthermore, the European Commission will keep working on new legislation to push forward the production and consumption of new alternative fuel” continued Clara de la Torre.
“In order to reduce emissions, fuels with a better performance in terms of the intensity of greenhouse gas emissions need incentives, and more importantly, we need to halt the use of fossil fuel” contextualized.
“In Europe, I am convinced that we can create market leaders in de-carbonized fuel” said de la Torre about the many benefits of the energetic transition.
“Our commitment in the transition towards zero emission mobility also requires a change in the way we do things. This will bring many benefits. For the transportation sector, it will create new jobs in production of batteries, of electric vehicles and in the installation of these new mobility systems” listed.
“In parallel, we must go back to train and increase the competences of car industry workers” reminded the Director-General for Climate Action at the European Commission.
And concluded: “Europe cannot solve itself the issue of climatic change. To limit global warming to 1.5 degrees is a task that requires international cooperation, bringing aboard the European industry, the member stated but also international partners. We can only fix global alterations if we act together and I am happy to see that there are a number of initiatives where international partners are already joining forces.