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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