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Carbon-free transport

Finland will promote ambitious emission reduction targets in all modes of transport during its Presidency of the Council of the EU. 

Transport is responsible for a quarter of all emissions in the EU.  Emissions from transport can be reduced by improving the energy efficiency of transport systems, increasing low-carbon and zero-carbon vehicles and replacing fossil fuels with alternative fuels.

The Council will discuss transport emissions

The Transport Council and the Environment Council will head discussions on transport emissions during Finland’s Presidency. The Transport Council will meet on 20 September to discuss the measures for reaching the climate objectives in the transport sector.  

The Council will promote the Commission’s legislative proposals during Finland’s Presidency.  One of the files on the table is a regulation that would harmonise the EU’s data collection system of carbon dioxide emissions with the system used by international maritime transport.  In addition, a regulation to reform the energy labelling of tyres will be advanced.  

Finland's Presidency will feature events that promote digitalisation and automation in order to achieve low-carbon transport.  Such events include the Digital Transport Days and a high-level conference on air space management, the Single European Sky conference.

Carbon-free transport as a goal

The transition from a fossil economy to a low-carbon one and eventually to carbon-free transport is necessary to mitigate climate change.  As part of its general climate policy, the EU should set ambitious goals to reduce transport emissions and introduce measures that support the member states in creating a sustainable transport sector.  

General background

Paris Agreement on climate change (2016)

Commission Communication (2018): A Clean Planet for all - A European strategic long-term vision for a prosperous, modern, competitive and climate neutral economy.


Päivi Antikainen, Director of Unit, Senior Ministerial Adviser, Climate and Environment Unit, tel. +358 295 34 2101, pä[email protected]

Eleonoora Eilittä, Senior Specialist, Climate and Environment Unit, tel. +358 295 34 2089, eleonoora.eilittä