Sustainable mobility

The race for sustainability among transport operators, producers and suppliers – is global – as is competition in the transport sector. ETRMA welcomes that the recently published EU transport strategy (COM(2011)144) recognises this fact.

Sustainability has three pillars; social, economic and environmental, and each of these pillars has equal importance. From a social point of view, mobility is above all an important basic right, and one that needs to be protected and further enhanced. The economic aspect is about the freedom of choice and efficient use of resources. Efforts to protect environment tend to be more contributive when they are rational rather than radical.


"Freedom to travel is a basic right for our citizens and it is critical to the development of Europe's business sector." Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Transport, Mr. Siim Kallas

The European Commission, in March 2011, published the long-awaited White Paper on transport policy. The White Paper deems it necessary to break the dependency on oil without sacrificing efficiency or compromising mobility. To this end it has put together a combination of 40 concrete initiatives. The strategy calls for an ambitious and visionary transport policy in the EU taking into consideration the estimated 70% growth in the transport sector by 2050. The principal goal of the policy remains reducing transport Greenhouse Gas emissions by 60% by 2050 (compared to 1990 levels).

ETRMA is committed to offering active support and is keen to contribute in a balanced and complementary way. Tyres already contribute positively to both environmental and safety objectives listed in the White Paper and new tyre technologies are available to further improve vehicle safety (e.g. winter tyres, technologies for improved wet and snow grip; tyres for extended mobility), to effectively reduce CO2 emissions (e.g. low rolling resistance tyres; better pressure control). Not to be underestimated the role of the drivers; driver behaviour may be improved through driving license-oriented measures, stricter roadside and periodic technical inspections.

Tyres are primarily about safety and ETRMA Members remain committed to being in the forefront of developing tyre technology towards an ever safer and more environmentally sound mobility. As the race is global, European efforts must be increased to make sure that unfair competition or burdensome cumulative legislation is not preventing this endeavour.