European Union Makes Big Plans to Eliminate Gas-Fueled Vehicles by 2050

The European Commission announced last Monday in a report from the European Union's  European Commission that petroleum and diesel- driven cars should be banned from cities across Europe by 2050 to slash dependence on oil and tackle climate change.  The Commission says that by instituting proposals and targets covering road, rail, and air travel, the transformation of the European transport system can increase mobility and cut congestion and emissions.

EU Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas said: " Competitive transport systems are vital for Europe's ability to compete in the world, for economic growth, job creation and for people's everyday quality of life. - Curbing mobility is not an option; neither is business as usual.  We can break the transport system's dependence on oil without sacrificing its efficiency and compromising mobility.  It can be win-win"

Plans adopted by the Commission were unveiled that proposed a Single European Transport Area, intended to set up "a fully integrated transport network which allows for an integrated shift in transport patterns for passengers and freight.  These measures are predicted to cut carbon emissions in transport by 60% by 2050

The document says that by 2050 the majority of medium- distance passenger journeys (those about 186 miles) should be by rail.  More than half of road freight traveling more than 186 miles should move to rail or boat (30% by 2030).  For urban transport, the commission calls for 50% shift away from conventionally fueled cars by 2030, phasing them out altogether by 2050.  All core network airports should be connected to the rail network by 2050, with all core seaports sufficiently connected to the rail freight and , where possible, inland waterway system.