null Roadmap for fossil-free transport attracted 349 comments

Roadmap for fossil-free transport attracted 349 comments

Press release 29.03.2021 15.03 fi sv en

In all, 349 comments on the Roadmap for fossil-free transport were received. The responses have been used in finalising the roadmap, which is a plan for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from domestic transport. The intention is to adopt a Government resolution on the Roadmap for fossil‑free transport in the spring of 2021. The roadmap sets out the means of halving greenhouse gas emissions from domestic road transport by 2030 and eliminating them altogether by 2045.

The consultation round on the Roadmap for fossil-free transport took place from 15 January to 19 February 2021. A summary of the comments has been published in the Gateway to Information on Government Projects. Of the comments received, 173 were from organisations and 176 from individuals. The issues that drew the most comments were related to the cost of mobility and the future of different mobility alternatives. The Gateway to Information on Government Projects also contains summaries of the comments received concerning the Resolution to reduce emissions from air traffic and the Resolution on maritime and inland waterway transport.

Comments by organisations: potential increase in transport costs must be compensated

The comments received from most stakeholder groups were in favour of reducing transport emissions by 50 per cent by 2030 and eliminating them altogether by 2045. The comments emphasised that there is no one workable solution to reducing transport emissions, but that many means are needed.

It was hoped that measures to improve the energy efficiency of the transport system, such as walking, cycling and public transport, would have a stronger presence in the roadmap. Contributors also stressed that legislation and other regulation must be predictable. If transport costs increase, many contributors think that the increase in costs must be compensated. Significant business opportunities were also seen in the increased use of alternative transport fuels, such as electricity and biogas, and in new transport services.

Comments by private individuals: fairness is central

In the comments presented by individuals, protection of the climate and the environment was generally seen as important, but the impact of measures to reduce emissions on various groups was a matter of concern. Several contributors emphasised regional fairness, the different situations of urban and rural areas, the lack of public transport services or their inadequacy, and the working population’s need to drive by car. The comments highlighted the risk of rising motoring costs which, among other things, would affect purchasing power. Many comments called for the removal from the roadmap of measures that, if implemented, could increase the price of fuel. Opposing views were also presented. Especially in urban areas, there was the wish for a stronger focus on modes of transport other than passenger cars.

The Ministerial Working Group on Climate and Energy Policy discussed the roadmap in late March. In spring the Government is expected to adopt resolutions:

1. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from domestic transport (i.e. the Roadmap for fossil‑free transport)

2. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from maritime and inland waterway transport

3. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from air traffic

Inquiries:

Päivi Antikainen, Director of Unit, tel. +358 50 382 7101, paivi.antikainen(at)lvm.fi, Twitter @PaiviAntikainen