Hints that transport will be targeted by the new Commission in its next stage of reducing greenhouse gases have been dropped by three leading officials.
Guest column by Dr Alan C Lloyd, president of The International Council on Clean Transportation, USA
The election of an American president with a much stronger environmental agenda has increased the likelihood that more favourable climate policies will come from the USA in the next four years.
The head of the European Environment Agency says transport trends are still 'pointing in the wrong direction'. She was speaking as the EEA issued a report saying greenhouse gas emissions from transport in the EU have increased by 36% from 1990-2006.
The Commission president José Manuel Barroso has announced the formation of a new Commission energy directorate.
[mailchimp_signup][/mailchimp_signup]CO2 emissions from transport in the EU27: an analysis of 2006 data submitted to the UNFCCC.
The transport sector continues to be Europe's worst emitter of greenhouse gases, according to the European Environment Agency's official inventory report on emissions in 2006 released last month.
The United Nation’s chief climate official has warned the transport sector that if it does not adapt quickly to climate change, its ability to influence events will diminish.
Getting agreement now on a strict CO2 emissions limit from new cars could be a key to the EU meeting its greenhouse gas reduction target of 20% by 2020 without the need for massive fuel tax rises.
The European Environment Agency has published a report highlighting six ‘success stories’ within the road transport sector on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and producing parallel benefits such as noise reduction and improved air quality. The report takes the successes from the Czech Republic, the Netherlands and Great Britain, and says they could be models for similar projects elsewhere as part of the EU’s greenhouse gas reduction efforts.