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Smart and Sustainable Mobility Strategy

ERA has responded on 10 August to the public consultation on the Smart and Sustainable Mobility Strategy of the European Commission.

The Strategy aims to support green, digital and a resilient future of the transport sector and builds on the Green Deal initiatives and actions that have already been deployed for the recovery of the sector. Therefore, the Strategy will set a clear policy framework to:

  • Reap the benefits of clean mobility for citizens and Europe’s industrial competitiveness by reducing the sector’s GHG emissions by 90% by 2050 and significantly reducing air pollution and overall environmental footprint of transport activities, by (i) boosting the uptake of lower and zero-emission vehicles, vessels and aircraft; (ii) incentivising large scale market deployment of new technologies, including production capabilities and use of sustainable alternative fuels and associated charging and refuelling infrastructure; (ii) facilitate a shift towards low-emission transport modes by moving passengers and freight transport to more sustainable alternatives, (v) improving efficiency across the whole transport system, including through multimodality; (vi) incentivising sustainable consumer choices and zero and low emission practices, for example through internalisation of external costs, such as carbon pricing, and (vi) revamping the European agenda for sustainable urban and regional mobility, including cycling, intermodal transport and transport-on-demand.
  • Take full advantage of the opportunities digitalisation and automation present to achieve sustainable, efficient, seamless, smart and safe mobility across the transport modes; 
  • Identify actions to revitalise and strengthen the Single Market for transport and smooth connectivity for citizens and businesses in order to give a further boost to industrial competitiveness; actions to build a flexible, resilient transport system that can maintain the cross-border flow of persons and goods during future crises; 
  • Mobilise research and foster innovations and set the right regulatory and non-regulatory framework for a leading European transport industry, both in clean and connected mobility; 
  • Ensure a just transition and mobility that is fair, attractive, accessible and affordable. 


As such, ERA has suggested to consider the following points:

  1. Boosting the production and uptake of SAFs in Europe through a dedicated and stable set of policy measures, support mechanisms and/or public investment plans. This would be also applicable to other new technologies or sustainable business models in the near future. 
  2. Implementing a green incentive scheme for airlines and aircraft operators to replace older aircraft as well as to implement innovative and cleaner processes and services leveraging the last innovations in the sector.
  3. Increase public funding and public co-funding rates for Civil Aviation Research and Innovation (Clean Aviation and SESAR), especially for new technologies such as, but not restricted to, electric or hydrogen-based propulsion, in order to achieve sector targets. 
  4. Continuing investments in the efficiency of the European Air Traffic Management system. 
  5. Investment in sustainable airport and heliport infrastructure, considering all the required modifications or adaptations due to the new sustainable technologies and processes. Covid-19 health and safety protocols are supposed to show a high impact also. 
  6. Linking and connecting some of the targets of this Strategy with other roadmaps already defined by the European Commission such as the EU Hydrogen Strategy, given the high level of interrelationships between them. This will help transportation to traction into its decarbonization roadmap leveraging the higher inertia already achieved by other previously-supported sectors (such as renewable electricity generation or hydrogen production). 

ERA also welcomes the Strategy to take full advantage of the opportunities that digitalisation and automation bring to decarbonise the transport sector in Europe. 

You will find the final document attached in the “Downloads”.

For any questions, please contact martina.dipalma@eraa.org