Transport emissions up 34% since 1990

Annual data compiled by the EEA and submitted to the UNFCCC on the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions usually leave out emissions from international shipping and aviation (so-called “bunkers”).

To complement the 2008 data, T&E wrote an analysis which includes shipping and aviation figures and aims at clarifying the actual contribution of the transport sector to the EU’s CO2 emissions.

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[mailchimp_signup][/mailchimp_signup]Findings include:

  • Between 1990 and 2008, transport emissions increased by 34% while emissions from other sectors decreased by 14%. Compared with 2007 transport emissions decreased by 1.6% and those of other sectors by 2.2%.
  • Consequently, the share of transport in total emissions rose further from 28 to 29%; in 1990 the share of transport was 21%;
  • Emissions from international aviation and shipping (both outside Kyoto) have risen by 110% and 56% respectively. Emissions from
    aviation were unchanged in 2008, those of shipping dropped by 2.1% compared with 2007;
  • In 2008 aviation and shipping accounted for 7.0% of total CO2 emissions, and 24% of transport emissions. In 1990, these figures
    were 3.8% and 18% respectively.

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