The UITP European Union Committee, which brings together the urban, suburban and regional public transport undertakings in the European Union, welcomes the European Climate Change Programme (ECCPII) and the Green Paper on Energy Efficiency COM (2005) 265. The transport sector is responsible for 31% of energy consumption and 21% of EU greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and is the sector where GHG emissions have increased constantly during the last years – contrary to other sectors. For this reason the European Climate Change Programme II has to focus much ore ontransport than the current European Climate Change Policy. Special attention has to be put on transport in urban areas where 80% of European citizens live and where most of the economic wealth is generated. In addition, 40% of all transport related GHG emissions are produced in European cities1, meaning also that there is a large potential to reduce those emissions and increase energy efficiency. Pointing in the same direction, the EU-Commission identified in its communication on a "Thematic Strategy of the Urban Environment2", "transport and building" as priority areas for local authorities to decrease GHG emissions.