European Environment Agency: analysis on road transport gas emissions

Growing transport volumes have been driving Europe’s road transport emissions up in the past two decades. A European Environment Agency (EEA) analysis, published on the 1st of June 2022, shows how total greenhouse gas emissions from both passenger cars and heavy goods vehicles have increased in Europe, despite better engine efficiency and use of biofuels.

The EEA assessment ‘ Decarbonising road transport — the role of vehicles, fuels and transport demand ‘ analyses the driving factors for greenhouse gas emissions from passenger cars and heavy goods vehicles in the European Union (EU). The new report is part of the ‘Transport and environment reporting mechanism’ (TERM) series of annual assessments. Decarbonising road transport — the role of vehicles, fuels and transport demand TERM.

According to EEA data, CO2 emissions from heavy goods vehicles increased by 5.5 %, from 2000 to 2019.

The main reason for the total increase in both car and truck emissions was growing transport volumes , which have only partially been offset by better fuel efficiency and the use of biofuels, the EEA assessment shows.

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