Legislation overview: CountEmissionsEU

4 March 2024, the European Parliament Committees – Transport and Tourism committee and Environment, Public Health and Food Safety – adopted their joint report on CountEmissionsEU. Parliament is expected to vote on its first-reading position during a forthcoming plenary session. The file will be followed up by the new Parliament after the European elections on 6-9 June.

In July 2023, the European Commission tabled a package of three proposals for the greening of freight transport. Among them is a proposal for a single methodology for calculating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from transport services, referred to as CountEmissionsEU.

The initiative covers both freight and passenger transport. It aims to ensure that the GHG emissions data provided regarding transport services are reliable and accurate, to allow fair comparison between transport services. It establishes a methodological framework but does not govern where it has to be used. Nonetheless, if an organisation decides to calculate and disclose information on GHG emissions from transport services it needs to use the methodologyprovided. To avoid extra red tape for small and medium-sized enterprises, the proposal exempts these companies from mandatory verification of adherence to the rules. 

For more information, please see the EP briefing “CountEmissionsEU. Measuring emissions from tranpsort services”.