The transition to a climate-neutral society is an urgent challenge and an opportunity to build a better future for all. But how do we get there? So far, much of the emphasis in Europe has been on the shift to electric vehicles, which is certainly welcome. However, on its own and without the parallel development of alternative transport types that are suited to the urban environment, the risk is that while we may see more electric vehicles on the roads, we are further locking in a transport infrastructure predominantly dedicated to large vehicles such as cars.
LEVA-EU, as the trade body for the Light Electric Vehicle sector, has commissioned a report from the renowned German research centre, DLR, which analyses the contribution that LEVs can make in replacing car journeys and cutting more deeply into CO2 emissions, creating greener and more liveable spaces. This report, which will be presented and discussed at the event on the 24 March in Brussels, aims at complementing the considerable work of the European Commission so far. It is clear that with higher ambitions and given the right policy environment across cities, Member States, and at the EU-level, LEVs can substantially positively impact climate change, transport as well as the health and well-being of Europe’s citizens.
Dr. Brendan Hill
Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering,
University of Tennessee
Associate Professor, Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences, Technology, Innovation & Society, Eindhoven University of Technology
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