Position paper – EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) for road transport

The European Commission recently proposed to amend the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) and create a separate system to include buildings and the road transport sector in the greenhouse gas emissions trade scheme.

As this position paper explains, the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) welcomes the proposal to extend the ETS to road transport. It is one of the key cornerstones of an effective EU policy framework that is needed to support and enable the transition to carbon neutrality.

Indeed, ACEA believes that a broad market uptake of alternatively-powered vehicles across all vehicle segments can only be expected if the carbon content of all energy carriers and CO2 emissions is priced appropriately.

However, it is also important to note that the ETS for road transport should be considered a complementary system. It does not replace other policy measures, such as performance targets for vehicles or renewable energy targets for fuels.

A broad market uptake of alternatively-powered vehicles across all vehicle segments can only be expected if the carbon content of all energy carriers and CO2 emissions is priced appropriately.

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