CO2 emissions from cars: The facts

Transport is Europe’s biggest source of carbon emissions, contributing 27% to the EU’s total CO2 emissions, with cars and vans representing more than two thirds of these, according to the European Environment Agency (EEA). Transport is the only sector in which emissions have grown since 1990, contributing to the increase in the EU’s overall emissions in 2015. Transport related emissions further increased in 2016 and in 2017 EU oil consumption – a good proxy for transport CO2 – increased at its fastest pace since 2001

This report examines the progress Europe is making towards decarbonising personality mobility particularly cars. It presents indicators from a wide range of sources which show that progress has stalled and many of the underlying trends are contrary to what is needed.