A new report by the European Environment Agency (EEA) analyses key environmental trends with a view to identifying what has improved and what has hampered the past performance of the transport sector.
The economic recession led to reduced pollutant emissions by lowering transport demand. Transport is still responsible for 25% of EU greenhouse gas emissions, and contributes significantly to air pollution, noise and habitat fragmentation.
On 18 June, EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Caņete, Internal Market and Industry Commissioner Elzbieta Bienkowska, and Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc, has holded a high-level conference on EU action to decarbonise the road transport sector.
The European Commission has adopted a proposal to implement existing obligations in the 2009 amendment of the Fuel Quality Directive. Article 7a of the Fuel Quality Directive obliges suppliers to reduce by 6% the life cycle greenhouse gas intensity of fuel and other energy sources supplied for use in road vehicles by 2020.
In the framework of CLIMATLANTIC project, partners are developing a mobility study open to managers of local authorities in Transport in order to get theirs visions about orientations that have to be followed in mid-term (by 2025) to put the carbon footprint of territories on a sustained declining trajectory.
Trucks, buses and coaches would use less fuel and emit lower amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2) under a strategy adopted by the European Commission today. Such heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs) are responsible for around a quarter of CO2 emissions from road transport in the EU. Without action, HDV emissions in 2030-2050 are projected to remain close to current, unsustainable levels.
Cars sold in 2013 were 4 % more efficient than the year before, according to provisional data. Average carbon dioxide emissions per kilometre have continued to fall, so in 2013 the European Union fleet already collectively met its legal target for 2015.
The European Commission welcomes the European Parliament's endorsement of the new target for CO2 emissions from cars.
The Council adopted today a regulation amending regulation (EU) No 510/2011 to define the modalities for reaching the 2020 target to reduce CO2 emissions from new light commercial vehicles.