Achieving the transition for assets, energy sources, infrastructures, vehicles, and vessels is possible by 2040-2050 but we need short term success for 2030 ambitions

Description:

The aim of Fit for 55 is to reach its effects by 2030. Therefore, the focus should now be on measures that maximize short-term effects primarily and supporting clear long-term options. Planned investments that on the short term (1) do not reduce carbon emissions, (2) delay implementation of efficiency measures or (3) have uncertain impacts should not be prioritized. As uncertainty will decrease over time, investments can be steered and scaled up in the right direction more productively.

Improving the utilization of existing assets like infrastructures and transportation means is underestimated as part of the solution and it is also critical to make the substitution affordable and deliver fast. Especially in a framework in which taxation (i.e. increasing costs) is the only way to make low emissions technologies competitive, it is critical to support and revisit how assets and vehicles are used to deliver on the short term.

The current focus is mostly on the development of the current infrastructure and vehicles and assuming that the transportation system needs to work in future the same as it does today. However, the distribution network will not be the same as operational and cost parameters will vary over time due to the transition of assets and energies. Therefore, developing innovative solutions considering the transport scenario development is needed to accelerate transition and to make it affordable.

Physical Internet concept and running applications needs to be further supported and developed as it provides more efficient and agile transport solutions. This will contribute to efficiency of transport and reduce the volume of assets required to serve the demand. Support of research and innovation in this direction is key.

Recommendations:

  • Prioritize success by 2030 over preparing for 2040, particularly supporting innovations to increase transport usage efficiency.
  • There is a need to increase focus and support innovation on new operational models to maximize the potential of zero emission vehicles and how to integrate them in fleets and services effectively.
  • For urban logistics and city delivery, emissions free delivery by 2030 is not only possible but feasible in line with the Urban Mobility Framework and Cities Mission. Harmonisation of city access measures across Europe on a ‘freedom within a framework basis’ so that operators can plan fleet investments efficiently can deeply accelerate this segment.  
  • Support the reform and upgrade of local electric grids (reaching depots, warehouses or logistics hubs) so that the end user does not need to bear the entire upstream cost of the upgrade regardless of the owner of the upgraded asset.