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The European Commission has today presented proposals for more efficient and environmentally friendly transport. One of the committee's proposals is to encourage the use of trucks that do not pollute the environment.

The proposal does not contain a preference for what fuel these vehicles should work with. It is envisaged that "clean" trucks will be able to carry four tons more payload. The Commission reports that today 53% of goods in the EU are transported by trucks.

According to the Commission, it is also necessary to encourage the transport of goods by several means - land, air and water. EU Transport Commissioner Adina Valjan told a news conference that if the proposals were adopted, more freight could be carried with fewer movements. She noted that the EC expects this to lead to 91 million trips per year less than 2030 and 1.6 billion euros. less by 2050.

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The Commission is also proposing changes to train traffic rules to increase their accuracy and make better use of the rail network's capabilities. These changes are expected to lead to more convenient timetables and to the redirection of more goods for transport by the railways.

Freight transport accounts for more than 30% of carbon pollution from economic activity. Shipments are expected to grow by around 25 per cent by 2030 and 50 per cent by 2050. The EU aims to reduce transport pollution by 2050% by 90, doubling the use of railways to transport goods and introducing fully 'clean' trucks.

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