The need for energy efficient and sustainable transport systems is a recognised concern in Europe as the negative impact of traditional transport on our environment is increasingly worrisome. Local authorities largely contribute, for 75% of energy is used in cities, with road vehicles accounting for 80% of the energy used by transportation.
The development of the clean vehicles market is well recognised to be a key factor able to reduce the high level of energy consumption, pollutant emissions and dependence on oil of the transport sector.
The current difficulties faced by the clean vehicles market could be solved if a common European market was established. Fragmentation, caused by market and regulation protection, delivers unbalanced commercialisation of products, uneven technical standards across Europe and different definitions.
In the absence of European or national legislation, COMPRO aims at contributing to the development of a common European market of clean vehicles, taking action on the demand side in order to homogenize the products technical requirements and creating a buyer consortium of local authorities to pool up together and reach the critical mass needed to ensure a swift market development.
In concrete terms, COMPRO analysed all key elements and conditions for a common procurement of clean collective and public service transport vehicles at European scale (i.e. CNG and hybrid buses).
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