CO2 emissions from transport in the EU27: An analysis of 2007 data submitted to the UNFCCC

August 13, 2009

This publication looks at the true extent of transport CO2 emissions in the EU including those from aviation and shipping which are excluded from official EU Kyoto figures.

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All figures apply to CO2 emissions in the EU27 and include emissions from international aviation and shipping, unless otherwise stated.

  • Between 1990 and 2007, transport emissions increased by 35.6% while emissions from other sectors decreased by -8.9%;
  • The share of transport in total emissions rose from 21% in 1990 to 28% in 2007;
  • Emissions from international aviation and shipping (both outside Kyoto) have risen by 109% and 60% respectively. In 2007 they accounted for 6.9% of the total, and 24% of transport emissions. In 1990, these figures were 3.8% and 18% respectively.
  • Emissions from shipping have grown by 0.9% between 2006 and 2007.
  • Emissions from aviation have increased by 2.8%. After two consecutive years, when maritime transport overtook aviation as the fastest growing source of CO2 emissions in the EU-27, aviation growth is faster again.