EU plans to make freight transport greener

European commission says measures to improving the sector's efficiency will help reduce its impact

The European commission announced a raft of measures on Thursday to modernise freight transport infrastructures and reduce the sector's environmental impact.

EU transport commissioner Jacques Barrot launched an action plan on logistics intended to reduce congestion in Europe's busiest transport arteries, particularly in urban areas.  The plan will help further reduce emissions and noise pollution from transport, he said.

The measures come in response to last year's mid-term review of the EU's transport white paper (EED 23/06/06).  They follow an initiative to cut carbon emissions from cars through use of information and communication technologies (EED 17/09/07).

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