Road user charging can only help to reduce the road transport sector’s carbon footprint if policymakers adopt the right framework and reinvest the revenues generated at source, thereby enabling transport operators to innovate and embrace new technologies.
That was the conclusion reached by representatives of the European commercial road transport sector last week at IRU’s flagship event in the European Union, the IRU-EU Conference, organised with the support of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
Transport produces around a quarter of CO2 emissions in the EU. According to a 2018 study on the external costs of all transport modes cited by the European Commission, commercial road transport is responsible for less than 10% of these costs. Yet, road transport operators’ contributions continue to make up a very high share of the total amount of revenues collected annually.
More than 200 representatives of the road transport sector and the EU institutions gathered in Brussels on 6 March to discuss the best way forward to decarbonise road transport more effectively.