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Transport is responsible for around a quarter of EU greenhouse gas emissions making it the second biggest greenhouse gas emitting sector after energy.

Greenhouse gas emissions in other sectors decreased 15% between 1990 and 2007 but emissions from transport increased 36% during the same period. This increase has happened despite improved vehicle efficiency because the amount of personal and freight transport has increased.


Therefore, if the EU is serious about meeting its emission targets for 2020, it will have to thoroughly reconsider its transport policies. This involves, more than anything, promoting a modal shift from road and air- the largest and fastest growing emitters of CO2 - to rail as the most environmentally friendly mode of transport. Adequate charging schemes for all modes of transport, including their external costs will have to be devised so as to reflect the real cost of transport.


For more information, please contact:

Jonathan Nguyen
Public Affairs Manager


+32 2 431 04 60




To access UNIFE's position paper on the public consultation of the weights and dimensions of heavy-duty vehicles please click here


Megatrucks versus rail freight? (brochure)


External Links
To access the European Commission’s DG Climate Action Website please click here
To access the European Environment Agency website, please click here
To access statics about transport and CO2 emissions please click here





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