The European Parking Association held its 20th International Congress and Exhibition in the City of Brussels in September of this year. This edition of the Congress addressed the role of parking in the future of the EU Green Deal. Transport has been identified as one of the key challenges and when we talk about any kind of transportation, parking can’t be far behind. The transport sector accounts for 25% of greenhouse gas emissions, and the EU will need to slash emissions by at least 90% by 2050, as compared to 1990. Achieving this goal is no easy feat, and an integrated approach in the mobility sector is the key to success.
In 2010, the European Commission published the Green Book with no mention of the role of parking in sustainability efforts. In the ensuing years, we have become more aware that integrated mobility with increased accessibility is essential to achieve the challenging sustainability goals of the EU Green Deal while maintaining healthy competition in the sector and providing quality services. Realistically, the parking sector will remain key for any sustainability measures in the mobility sector.