Transport emissions up according to EEA report

According to the report produced by the European Environment Agency in May 2019, there was a small increase in EU’s total green house gas emissions in 2017 with transport emissions going up.

For the fourth consecutive year since 2013, carbon dioxide emissions from road transportation increased — both for freight and passenger vehicles. Most of the increase was accounted for by higher diesel consumption by trucks and vans, but consumption and emissions also increased for passenger cars. Emissions from international aviation increased substantially as a result of higher demand and consumption of jet kerosene.

Across the EU, several industrial sectors recorded higher emissions in 2017 as a result of higher economic and industrial activity compared to 2016.

Total greenhouse gas emissions (including international aviation) rose by 0.7 % in 2017 compared with 2016. From 1990 to 2017, the EU reduced its net greenhouse gas emissions by 21.7 %. The EU is, therefore, still exceeding its 20 % reduction target set for 2020.

The EEA will publish preliminary estimates of 2018 emissions in the autumn.

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