SUPPORTING INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION ON GREENING TRANSPORT

INTEGRATING THE ENVIRONMENT INTO TRANSPORT POLICY

The integration of environmental considerations into all areas of policy is important to protect the environment. Environmental problems are increasingly global, with climate change and air pollution caused by similar activities around the world. Hence, there are – at least to some extent – common solutions. In 2019, the EU and China embarked on their latest Environmental Policy Dialogue under which they will be collaborating on greening their respective economies. Ian Skinner of TEPR is currently contributing to a report, in the context of this Policy Dialogue, on how environmental considerations can be integrated into transport policy.  

Integrating environmental considerations into transport policy

It is increasingly recognised that in order to protect the environment, it is important to ensure that environmental considerations are fully integrated into a wide range of policies. For example, setting air quality standards will not be sufficient to reduce air pollution unless the emissions of the relevant pollutants, including from cars and lorries, are also addressed. Such integration can be much broader, including taking account of potential environmental impacts when planning transport infrastructure and when setting levels of taxation for transport fuels and vehicles.

Global challenges need global cooperation

The environmental problems to which transport contributes, particularly climate change and air pollution, are global problems. Around the world, different countries are taking action to reduce emissions and are learning what works and what does not. In the EU, environmental considerations have been increasingly integrated into transport policy over the last couple of decades. Hence, there is already experience in the EU that might be useful for other countries around the world.

The EU and China continue to collaborate on environmental policy

The EU and China have been working together on shared environmental problems for many years in the context of successive EU-China Environmental Policy Dialogues. Recently, this collaboration has been intensified with the focus on greening the economy so that the EU and China can take the lead globally in this area. An important element of this is the integration of environmental considerations into different policy areas, including transport.

EU experience with integrating the environment into transport policy

International consultancies GOPA and Client Earth are supporting the European Commission in the context of the ongoing EU-China Environmental Policy Dialogue. Ian Skinner of TEPR is currently contributing to an In-depth study that is being produced in the context of the Policy Dialogue by providing an overview of experience in the EU with the integration of environmental considerations into transport policy.

Further information

For more information on the project, or TEPR’s work more generally, please contact Ian Skinner at TEPR (ian.skinner@tepr.co.uk) or call +44 (0) 1892 663289. Once it is published, the report will be available from the ‘Sustainable Transport’ page of TEPR’s website.

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