[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 new EU transport commissioner Antonio Tajani faced forceful questioning by MEPs as the successor to Jacques Barrot.
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 EU transport commissioner Jacques Barrot is being moved to the justice portfolio, meaning there will be a new commissioner for transport from Italy.
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.
Lobbyists and representatives from industry have a disproportionate influence in the ‘expert groups’ that advise the Commission on drawing up EU legislation.
The European Environment Agency has attacked the transport sector for causing the EU to miss its Kyoto greenhouse gas reduction target. And its leading official has called for much stricter carbon dioxide targets for new cars than the EU is currently discussing.