The figure shows total CO2-emissions (attention: not CO2-equivalents; CH4 and N2O were left out due to data-constraints and insignificance as percentage of total emissions) for different means of transports’ usage-phase in the EU-27. Increasing travel resulted in increased direct emissions of CO2 from 2000 to 2005. Modes of transport with high CO2-intensity are private cars and aviation.
Data was received from Leonidas Ntyiachristos at the Lab of Applied Thermodynamics, Thessaloniki, Greece, a partner in the European Topic Centre on Air and Climate Change. Data was derived using the PRIMES 2009 Baseline Scenario developed under the EU-LIFE founded “LIFE EC4MACS” (European Consortium for Modelling of Air Pollution and Climate Strategies) project. The dataset delivered to the European Topic Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production was then converted from tonnes into million tonnes, to be used as data for the diagram.
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When the urge to give flowers takes you, choose a potted plant from a local supplier. A lot of exotic flowers are grown in greenhouses great distances away. Aside from the issue of transport, there can be high social and environmental costs. For example, in Colombia, the flower industry uses enormous quantities of polluting pesticides, and in Kenya, horticulture requires a lot of water which reduces local water resources. As an alternative ask your flower shop for Fairtrade or organically produced flowers.
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