CO2 mitigation measures for transport will not achieve climate ambitions

Current and foreseeable policies to mitigate carbon-dioxide (CO2) emissions from global transport activity will not suffice to achieve the international community’s climate ambitions, a new study published by the International Transport Forum (ITF) finds.

Continued strong growth in demand for mobility means that even in the most optimistic scenario, transport CO2 emissions in 2050 will still be at 2015 levels of around 7.5 giga-tonnes, according to projections published in the ITF Transport Outlook 2017.

This scenario already assumes that new technologies and changed behaviour lead to significantly less CO2 being emitted in relation to the total distance travelled. In the ITF Transport Outlook’s less optimistic baseline scenario, a doubling of global transport demand will lead to an increase of transport CO2 emissions of 60% between 2015 and 2050.

“We need to both accelerate innovation and make radical policy choices to decarbonise transport”, said ITF Secretary-General José Viegas on the occasion of the launch.

“Technology will  provide about 70% of the possible CO2 reductions to 2050. The rest will come from doing things differently, and this is where there is still a lot of potential. We need to think much harder about things like shared mobility, changes in supply chains and even new transport modes.”

A key factor for the difficulty in reducing transport CO2 emissions over the long run is shifting global trade patterns. As trade moves to regions with a lack of rail or waterway infrastructure, greenhouse gas emissions from road freight will almost double. Driven by more trade among the region’s emerging economies, freight transport on intra-Asian routes will grow particularly strongly, by 250% to 2050. Operational measures such as truck-sharing, route optimisation or relaxation of delivery windows to optimise use of transport capacity would help to mitigate the emission increases here.

Urban mobility is another area of concern. Car use in cities is set to double by 2050, as fast-growing emerging economies meet mobility demand. According to the ITF analysis, cities can keep the number of cars constant at the 2015 level if they act now to put in place integrated land-use and transport policies, use pricing to manage mobility patterns and invest in accessibility through public transport.

“With the right policy mix, even fast-growing cities will be in a position provide today’s level of mobility to citizens but in a more sustainable way”, notes Jari Kauppila, Head of Modelling and Statistics at ITF.

Register of Initiatives in Pedal Powered Logistics (RIPPL) are carrying out an inquiry into the best practices in cycle logistics in Europe. Nationally and internationally there are many initiatives concerning (e-)cargo bikes for clean city logistics. Sharing examples of best practice will help the development of cycle logistics in general, so we would like to hear from you. The link to the survey is here

RIPPL runs alongside the LEVV-LOGIC project by the Universities of Applied Sciences of Amsterdam and Rotterdam; click here for more information:
In addition, RIPPL also complements the LEVV-NL project, which is a further elaboration of a survey conducted in March / April 2016 by the European Cycle Logistics Federation.


TRB-Meeting on Emerging Vehicles for Low Speed Transportation

The American Transportation Research Board (TRB) is holding its Annual Meeting in Washington DC. This is the largest meeting of transportation professionals and researchers, with more than 11,000 attendees. In this framework, there will be a meeting of the Subcommittee on Emerging Vehicles for Low Speed Transportation (e.g., e-bikes).

Importantly, if you are interested but unable to attend in person, you can tune into live Youtube stream (which will also be archived):

The meeting takes place on Tuesday 10 January from 3:45-5:30 PM (EST). Chris Cherry and Geoff Rose will co-chair the meeting.

For more details, contact Chris Cherry,

Electric Mobility Europe launches 2016 call for projects

In collaboration with the European Commission and the European Green Vehicles Initiative Association, European countries and regions set up the Electric Mobility Europe Call 2016 (EMEurope Call 2016) to further promote and advance electric mobility in Europe. Funded projects in the EMEurope Call 2016 shall focus on the application and implementation of e-mobility in urban and suburban areas and their expected outcomes are likely to include an:

  • Intensified uptake of e-mobility in urban and suburban areas
  • Improved connectivity between electric vehicles and the existing infrastructure
  • Increased choice for customers or consumers seeking to reduce the environmental impact of their travel.

The EMEurope Call 2016 will support Research & Innovation projects addressing the following 5 key areas of electric mobility:

  1. System integration (transport, urban and sub-urban areas);
  2. Integration of urban freight and city logistics in e-mobility;
  3. Smart Mobility concepts and ICT applications;
  4. Public Transport;
  5. Consumer behaviour and societal trends.

In the EMEurope Call 2016 14 countries and regions and the European Commission are providing research funds totalling some 23,000,000 EUR for coordinated funding of Research & Innovation projects. The EMEurope call follows a two-step submission and evaluation procedure, starting now with the submission of light proposals. In a next step a full proposal submission will follow for those proposals selected from the light proposal evaluation.

Detailed information and guidance about the formal conditions of the EMEurope Call 2016 and the preparation and submission of light proposals can be found in the EMEurope Call 2016 Guide for Applicants. Submission shall be done through the Call Management Tool. Deadline for the submission of light proposals is 6 February 2017, 17:00 CET.


Powered 2 and 3-wheeler registrations up by 5.5% in June 2016

A total of 679,777 powered-two and three-wheelers were registered during the first six months of 2016 in the EU. This represents an increase of 5.5% compared to the 644,474 vehicles registered during the same period of 2015.

Registrations performed positively in key European markets, including Italy (129,616 units, +14.2%), Spain (80,878 units, +12.2%), UK (66,007 units, +7.4%), Germany (100,749 units, +4.2%) and France (128,182 units, +0.6%).

Motorcycle registrations
Cumulative motorcycle registrations grew by 8.1% during the first six months of 2016 on a year-on year basis. A total of 544,870 motorcycles were registered between January and June 2016, against 504,162 during the same period of 2015. Year-on-year motorcycle registrations increased in the largest European markets, including Italy (116,985 units, +15.9%), Spain (73,323 units, +13.5%), UK (61,859 units, +8.3%), Germany (100,749 units, +4.2%) and France (89,153 units, +1.7%).

Moped registrations
A total of 134,907 mopeds were registered during the first six months of 2016 in the EU, whilst 140,312 had been registered during the same period of 2015. This represents a decrease of 3.9%. Moped registrations increased in the Netherlands (34,139 units, +4.2%) and Italy (12,631 units, +0.4%). They decreased in Austria (7,873 units, -1.1%), France (39,029 units, -1.8%) and Poland (12,515 units, -21.4%)


Brussels, 25-26 May 2016. Cars, buses, delivery trucks, bikes and ferries: All could be fully electric tomorrow. The conditions for a successful transition to electrification as an alternative to fossil-fuel powered vehicles were the main focus of the 4th edition of the European Electromobility Stakeholder Forum. With its cross-sectoral nature, the Forum is a unique European arena to share best practices and generate synergies across different electric transport modes. 

Three European Commission flagship projects on electromobility, FREVUE, I-CVUE and ZeEUS organised this key annual event in Brussels this week, which brought together over 200 representatives from government, industry, academia, and other stakeholders.  

Although the three projects demonstrate the viability of e-mobility and the way it makes our cities more sustainable, cleaner and quieter, fundamental challenges remain and many of these are shared among the different electromobility modes. In her opening words, Magda Kopczynska, Director for Innovative and Sustainable Mobility at the European Commission stressed “[…] the need to look at transport in a systemic way: We cannot address any of the challenges we face with one solution or one concept only. The great transport disruption will not be autonomous vehicles, but rather autonomous, electric and shared vehicles”.

 Following this introduction, over 50 speakers shared their experiences, results achieved so far and remaining challenges. Key hurdles include the standardisation of charging infrastructure as well as current regulatory frameworks that can significantly slow down the electrification of transport modes. On the other hand, exciting opportunities and synergies between the modes were discussed, such as urban design and multimodal and interoperable charging infrastructure.   

“Electrification of transport is a key enabler for imagining new concepts – like building an indoor bus stop where passengers’ shopping would be delivered by electric freight to enhance passenger’s experience. This approach confirms that the prominent need for the Forum to exist and to offer great cross-sectoral exchanges”, highlighted Ulf Gustafsson from Volvo. 

In the background of the plenary sessions and workshops, over 20 works covering multiple aspects of e-mobility were presented at a poster exhibition, featuring projects such as ELIPTIC and initiatives such as the Market Place of the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EV4SCC) contributing to the further development of electromobility.


Sign up for free demonstration event in Brussels

On June 7th 2016, Leefmilieu Brussel/Bruxelles Environnement (the Brussels Environmental Department) together with the Belgian Electromobility Association ASBE host an electric mobility demonstration event on the esplanade of Tour & Taxis in Brussels.

All suppliers/providers of electric vehicles, charging infrastructure and services are invited to demonstrate and to present their products and services at this event.

This event is part of an information day organised for all Brussels municipal services using service vehicles with a view to raise their awareness of (light) electric vehicles. Futher information on the event can be found here:


Some further practical details, should you wish to participate:


Your participation in the event is free of charge. You are kindly invited to present your vehicles and have them available either for demo or test rides.
– The scope of the event is electric vehicles big and small, and their infrastructure.
– The RoadShow will be open from 12 to 4 p.m. to the participants in the information day for municipal services as well as to the general public.
– Equipment (tents, tables) and vehicles must be in place by 11.30 and may be removed as of 4.30 p.m.
– Visitors are allowed to test-drive/ride on public roads but insurance, helmets, assistance, … must be provided by the exhibitor.


So far the following companies have confirmed their participation: Nisson, Ecotap, Packo, Addax Motors, Bubble Post, Tesla, Blue Corner, Kia and Electric Drive. With a view to raising awareness on light electric vehicles, it would be great if more companies presenting LEVs would join the event.


If you or your Benelux representative wish to participate and demonstrate products and/or services, please contact ASBE President Joeri de Ridder, tel. +32 477 63 39 23, email