Policy status:In Force
Date Effective:2001
Policy Type:Policy Support>Strategic planning
Policy Target:Transport

In 2001, the federal government drew up additional measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption in the transport sector. These measures included: - As part of the Future Investment Programme, investment in the rail infrastructure to the amount of Eur 3.7 billion and in road construction to the amount of Eur 5 billion for the years (2008). - Introduction of a mileage-based highway toll for heavy trucks as of 2003. - Reduced motor vehicle tax (support for "three litre cars" and continuation of assistance for "five litre cars") to assist low fuel consumption cars. - Agreement with the automotive industry on possibilities to reduce consumption (e.g. greater use of low friction oil and consumption gauges). - Broadly designed information campaigns to inculcate good driving habits, with the participation of the automotive industry and car and environmental associations. A broadly designed traffic safety campaign, begun in February 2001, also includes information on fuel-conserving driving habits. - Introduction of emissions-related landing fees at German airports, in coordination with neighbouring countries. In addition, the federal government decided to work toward the introduction of an EU-wide emissions-related aviation fee. - Introduction of integrated transport and housing-settlement planning attuned to climate factors. - Employment of telematics and fleet management systems. - Observation and support for the traffic-sector energy strategy of German automotive and energy companies with the goal of a broadly based introduction of alternative fuels. - Financial assistance from the federal government in the amount of more than 8 billion a year for investment to improve traffic and transport in local communities (community transport financing act, regionalisation act) with an eye to the greater use of short-range public transport. Additional measures in the transport sector are foreseen in the framework of the national Energy Efficiency Action Plan and the Integrated Energy and Climate Change Programme. These measures include: - CO2 - strategy for passenger cars - Expansion of bio fuels - Reform of vehicle tax on CO2 basis - Revised Energy labelling for passenger cars - Update HGV-toll - Provisions on aviation and shipping

25 Energy Efficiency Recommendations Applied:Transport

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