Introducing greener vehicles and greener fuels pave the way for reduced carbon emissions, increased green growth and a better quality of life.
Land transport is heavily dependent on fossil fuels
Land transport has a major impact on business competitiveness, economic growth and the quality of life. On the other hand, most vehicles still run on ordinary diesel and gasoline. Almost three quarters of the total CO2 emissions from the transport sector in the EU are generated from land transportation vehicles, including cars, vans, trucks and busses.
Making land transport green
Land transport can be made more energy-efficient by ensuring more energy efficient driving, introducing new energy efficient cars and furthering development of alternative fuels.
Efficient logistic systems can reduce costs and idle running as well as improve the energy efficiency of freight transport.
Denmark makes land transport greener
Denmark has introduced alternative fuels by adding 5, 75 % bioethanol to traditional fuels, which will be increased to 10 % by 2020. This has lead to substantial reductions in CO2 emissions from the land transport sector. The Danish car taxation system has favored small, energy efficient cars.
A Danish trail period with longer and heavier trucks has improved the logistic systems in Denmark and made it possible to transport more goods with the same energy consumption. Trucks exceeding 25 m in length can reduce CO2 emissions by 15 % compared to a standard-sized one.