Date: 19 October, 2015
On October 13, 2015 NLA participated in a workshop on the European Emissions Trading System, (ETS) organized by CER, the organization for European railway operators.
Transport is today excluded from ETS. One reason is the relatively more costly reduction of greenhouse gas emissions within the transport sector compared to for instance heavy industry. Transport is instead included in the Effort Sharing Decision (ESD), which establishes binding annual greenhouse gas emission targets for Member States.
“Road transport is prepared to pay its share of external costs, but it needs to be a complete analysis” comments Soren H Larsen, CEO of NLA. “Road transport is already paying a lot in charges and taxes, not least fuel taxes at the pump. These contributions must be taken into account when assessing contributions to paying for CO2. Furthermore, alternatives need to be available. A lot is happening on alternative fuels, but the ambitions still seem to be low and the lack of a harmonized solution still makes the choice of technology a difficult decision for an operator”.Read more...