EU transport experts back decoupling

Presidency-backed seminar calls for policy to focus on road pricing rather than fuel taxes

The EU can decouple transport use from economic growth even though no European country has managed it so far, experts told a seminar on sustainable transport on Thursday. The meeting was co-organised by the Belgian government, which has made sustainable transport one of the main environmental dossiers in its ongoing EU presidency (EED 12/07/01).

Ending the tendency for economic growth to produce ever increasing transport demand will require a new policy focus, seminar participants concluded. Economic instruments should remain the priority, they agreed, but instead of fuel taxes, road pricing should be the main tool.

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