Driving fuel efficiency in Europe’s road freight transport
Can the transport sector thrive in an era of high fuel prices and green regulation? Can we create a sustainable road freight industry? If so, who needs to work together to achieve this goal?
On 25th January 2012, Goodyear Dunlop hosted Europe’s leading commercial fleets, industry leaders and transportation policy makers in Brussels for a one-day symposium.
The symposium was opened by Siim Kallas, Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of Transport. In his speech, Mr. Kallas welcomed the "Driving Fleet Fuel Efficiency" initiative presented today. Road freight is a key element of the economic system and its sustainable development is essential for the long term competitiveness of Europe. He also underlined that increased energy efficiency should be a bridge to alternative fuels. To meet the policy objectives of the EU's "Roadmap to a Single European Transport Area", the EU needs a clear and coherent vision helping to accelerate the use of alternative transport fuels.
A strong transportation industry is vital to the European economy, but at the same time, the EU has set a target for the industry to cut carbon emissions by 60% by 2050. Over the same time period, the road freight industry is projected to grow by 60%.
Over the next decade, Europe will face a huge challenge to maintain economic growth while cutting carbon emissions. Nowhere is this more acute than in the road freight sector.
At the fuel efficiency symposium, Europe’s largest fleets came together with industry players, experts in the latest fuel-efficient technologies, and policy-makers to discuss the practical and political steps to take to reduce fuel use and move toward a more sustainable future of fleets. To learn more, view the event program and read all articles about the event.