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Transport emissions in Europe have increased every year for the past four years and account for 27% of the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions. Last year it was the only sector that did not reduce its climate impact.
Carlos Calvo Ambel, trends and analysis director at T&E, said: “The climate plans submitted by governments are completely inadequate and the Commission isn’t doing anyone a favour by glossing over that fact. It also fails to acknowledge that the EU itself needs to do a lot more to clean up transport, in particular by making electromobility a top industrial priority and by greening of investment and taxation. Unless something drastically changes, we will miss our 2030 climate goals by a big margin.”
The Commission also claims that countries have to meet a 14% target of renewables in the transport sector by 2030. However, the only binding target for renewables in transport is 7% for advanced fuels because if countries phase out food-based biofuels their target can be lower. Governments may see this as encouragement to use food-based biofuels despite their negative impacts on emissions, deforestation and local communities.
Note to editors:
 EEA, Annual European Union greenhouse gas inventory 1990–2017 and inventory report 2019.