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Transport emissions of air pollutants TERM 2001

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Assessment made on  01 Jan 2001

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Transport Transport (Primary theme)

DPSIR: Pressure


Indicator codes
  • TERM 003
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Policy issue:  Meet EU and/or international emission reduction targets for 2010

Key messages

  • Cleaner technologies and fuels have led to significant reductions in emissions of local and regional air pollutants, but additional efforts are need to reach targets


Key assessment

Emissions of acidifying substances and tropospheric ozone precursors from the transport sector fell by 20 % and 25 %, respectively, between 1990 and 1998. Reductions in road transport emissions of NMVOCs (by 33 %) and NOx (by 21 %) made the largest contributions to the reduction of ozone precursors, mainly as a result of the introduction of catalysts in new petrol-engined cars and stricter regulations for emissions from diesel vehicles, which led to technical changes to reduce emissions. Another important contributor to reducing emissions of certain air pollutants was the improvement of fuel composition. Nitrogen oxide emissions from transport in the EU would have been 50 % higher in 1998 without these improvements.

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